Rams sweep at Woodbine’s Rodney Smith invite

The Rams’ Charley Hernandez won the long jump with a top leap of 16 feet, three inches.

WOODBINE - The Glenwood girls and boys track and field teams swept the team titles at Woodbine’s Rodney Smith Invitational Tuesday.

The Glenwood girls collected 10 gold medals and easily outpaced the field with 191.5 points. The Ram boys’ squad picked up seven gold medals and 164 points to runner-up West Monona’s 64 points.

Glenwood girls coach Jordan Bueltel said it was nice to finally get his whole team outside and competing.

“I think overall we ran pretty well, and we are really happy with where we are at right now but there is plenty of room for us to get better,” he said.

Bueltel said Madelyn Berglund had a particularly nice meet, winning the 3000-meters and placing second in the 1500.

“We are excited to see how she continues to improve,” Bueltel said.

Bueltel also commended the running of his sprint relay teams. The Rams’ 4x100, 4x200 and spring medleys all one gold and were led off Zoie Carda.
Brynlee Arnold added a first place showing in the discus and fourth in the shot. Carlie Clemmer (100-meter hurdles), Abby Hughes (400-meter hurdles) and Charley Hernandez (long jump) all added gold medal finishes.  

“Really I could list about everyone and find positives for the first meet,” Bueltel said. “Again, we were really impressed overall and for a first meet we are really excited about where we are, now we just need to focus on getting better.”

The Glenwood boys notched seven gold medals and placed in the top three in six other events. Coach Mark Starner called his team’s performance “not bad start to the outdoor season.”  

“We were just pleased to be able to get a lot of kids an opportunity to compete,” he said. “Early in the season like this we try out a lot of kids in different events to see what they can do.  We treat each meet early in the season as if it’s a puzzle. We are just trying to find the right pieces to fit into our lineups.”

Brock sell won the 100-meters, finished second in the 200-meters and anchored the 4x200-meter relay to gold to secure the Male Athlete of the Meet Award.

The Rams’ Tyler Boldra was a part of three gold medals in Woodbine. The senior won the 400-meter hurdles and ran a leg on the gold medal winning 4x200-meter and shuttle hurdle relays.

The distance and middle distance events were expected to be a strength coming into the season for the Rams and this meet proved it.

Andrew Smith (1,600-meters) and Bryant Keller (3,200) helped the Rams to a long-distance sweep. Keller also placed second in the 800 in a personal-best time.  

The hurdle events also proved to be strength for the Rams with the shuttle hurdle relay team of Boldra, Kaden Petersen, Grant VonEssen and Anthony Driscoll-Lee coming away with the gold.  Driscoll-Lee also took the gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best time.

Starner said his team struggled in the field events in the windy conditions and they’re still no 100-percent healthy but the pieces are there.  

“We’ve got a way to go, but today was a good start.  We need to get some kids healthy with Cody Krause and Tate Mayberry, both returning state qualifiers from last year, rehabbing some non-track injuries.  We are paying close attention to their recovery, but we’ll take it slowly and hope to get them back to help us down the stretch.  We are hoping that we can be back to close to full strength in a couple of weeks.”

Rodney Smith Invitational
Girls Team Results

1. Glenwood, 191.50. 2. Tri-Center, 53. 3. Kuemper Catholic, 52. 4. Woodbine, 47. 5. Denison, 44. 6. Westwood-Sloan, 42. 7. West Monona, 33. 8. Essex, 27. 9. Boyer Valley, 24. 10. (tie) OABCIG and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 18. 12. MVACOU, 6.5. 13. Stanton, 2.

Glenwood Top Place Winners
100m dash: fourth place, Lauren Roenfeldt, 13.79.
200m dash: fourth place, Elaina Dougherty, 29.32.
400m dash: second place, Danika Arnold, 1:04.04.
800m run: fifth place, Hadley Carman, 2:54.50.
1500m run: second place, Madelyn Berglund, 5:26.03.
3000m run: first place, Berglund, 11:37.11.
100m hurdles: first place, Carlie Clemmer, 17.67.
400m hurdles: first place, Abby Hughes, 1:11.81.
4x100m relay: first place, Glenwood (Zoie Carda, Jaylynn Floyd, Roenfeldt and Arnold), 53.60.
4x200m relay: first place, Glenwood (Carda, Allison Koontz, Jenna Hopp and Roenfeldt), 1:52.92.
4x800m relay: first place, Glenwood (Lauren Hughes, Breckyn Petersen, Neyla Nanfito and Rachell Mullennax), 10:52.63.
Sprint medley relay: first place, Glenwood (Carda, Dougherty, Arnold and Abby Hughes), 1:56.63.
Distance medley relay: second place, Glenwood (Floyd, Charley Hernandez, Kate Hughes and Brooklyn Schultz), 4:47.90.
Shuttle hurdle relay: first place, Glenwood (Kate Hughes, Courtney Crawford, Destiny Yale and Clemmer), 1:17.44.
High jump: second place, Floyd, 4’ 8”.
Long jump: first place, Hernandez, 16’ 3”.
Shot put: fourth place, Brynlee Arnold, 34’ 1”.
Discus: first place, Arnold, 102’ 5”.

Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 164. 2. West Monona, 84. 3. Kuemper Catholic, 83. 4. Woodbine, 38. 5. Westwood-Sloan, 37. 6. (tie) Tri-Center and MVAOCOU, 26. 8. Boyer Valley, 24. 9. Denison, 22. 10. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 19. 11. Essex, 4.

Glenwood Boys Place Winners
100m dash: first place, Brock Sell, 11.27.
200m dash: second place, Sell, 23.80.
400m dash: sixth place, Andrew Williams, 56.58.
800m run: second place, Bryant Keller, 2:11.11.
1600m run: first place, Andrew Smith, 4:56.53.
3200m run: first place, Keller, 10:23.20.
110m hurdles: first place, Anthony Driscoll-Lee, 16.20.
400m hurdles: first place, Tyler Boldra, 59.46.
4x200m relay: first place, Glenwood (Boldra, Colby Frye, Payton Longmeyer, Sell), 1:37.49.
4x800m relay: second place, Glenwood (Jake Shannon, Williams, Preston Slayman and Smith), 8:50.56.
Sprint medley relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Chase Darden, Driscoll-Lee, Frye and Ethan Parks), 1:44.85.
Distance medley relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Parks, Drew Schroeder, Gavin Connell and Nolan Mount), 4:08.69.
Shuttle hurdle relay: first place, Glenwood (Boldra, Kaden Petersen, Grant VonEssen and Driscoll-Lee), 1:04.87.
High jump: second place, Longmeyer, 19’ 5”.
Shot put: third place, Logyn Eckheart, 42’.
Discus: third place, Dylan Bird, 118’ 8”.


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