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Snowden, Brown shine at Class 1A track meet

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Dane Sweezer dashes down the line as the second leg of the Wolves’ 4X200 team while New London’s Keonate Luckett is hot on his tail. W-MU broke the school record in the 4X200 to take first place. Both the Wolves and Tigers advanced to teh state meet.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Winfield-Mt. Union’s Dane Sweezer dashes down the line as the second leg of the Wolves’ 4X200 team while New London’s Keonate Luckett is hot on his tail. W-MU broke the school record in the 4X200 to take first place. Both the Wolves and Tigers advanced to teh state meet.

SIGROUNEY — All three Henry County small schools were in Sigourney on Friday night for their 2019 state qualifier, and each of the three schools will be sending athletes on to the state meet in Des Moines.

The day was highlighted by four wins from Winfield-Mt. Union, three of which came on the boys’ side.

Brandon Snowden had a big day for the Wolves. Snowden took first in the 100-meter dash, crossing the tape in 11.28 seconds, and placed second in the 200-meter dash, crossing in 22.66 seconds.

The W-MU 4X200 team qualified as well. The squad of Brody Barton, Dane Sweezer, Snowden and Juanito Piper won the event in 1:22.11, breaking the school record in the process.

The fourth W-MU win of the day came in the girls’ field events. Anna Hudson qualified for Des Moines with a shot put throw of 36-08.50.

New London’s Lexi Brown was a double-winner in the girls’ distance runs. Brown qualified for the 3000-meter run with a final tiem of 11:09.65, and picked up her second win in the 1500, finishing in 5:14.24.

Sigourney was a fast qualifying site on Friday, meaning plenty of other athletes punched their tickets via their final time. That included four spots taken up by the New London boys.

The distance medley team of Keontae Luckett, Darius Whaley, Mason Porter and Curry Jacobs made it to state with a final time of 3:48.77. The 4X200 team of Demontae Watkins, Luckett, Jordan Johnson and Darius Whaley qualified in 1:34.09. Luckett qualified in the 200-meter dash. He crossed the tape in 23.43 seconds.

Whaley made it in the high jump with a leap of 6-00, giving the Tigers another qualifier. He is joined by Talon Newton of W-MU, who also jumped 6-00.

The W-MU 4X100 team of Christian Gerot, Piper, Barton and Snowden made it through. They crossed the tape with a final time of 44.91 seconds.

The WACO boys had a couple of qualifications in the hurdle events. The shuttle hurdle team of Nik Coble, Colton Horak, Drew Kissell and Elijah McGohan qualified with a time of 1:04.96. Horak will also be running in the 400-meter hurdles, after crossing the tape in 57.64 to earn his spot.

There was one qualifier on times on the girls’ side. The New London distance medley team of Jenna Hummell, Sophie Lounsbury, Aliyah Christensen and Lexi Brown finished with a time of 4:31.30, advancing them to the blue oval.