First ever Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival deemed a success

West High hosted the first annual Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival on Saturday, April 6.

The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival was held at West High on Saturday, April 6. With an emphasis on qualifying for the Drake Relays, the meet did not disappoint. 20 athletes achieved the Drake Relays Blue Standard including West High’s Kolby Greiner ’19 in the 3,200 meter run, Peyton Steva ’19 in the 100 meter hurdles and the quartet of Amy Liao ’21, Katie Severt ’19, Matayia Tellis ’21 and Steva in the 4×100 meter relay.

“I think the meet went great,” said Travis Craig, the boys head track and field coach and brains behind creating the track and field festival. “A lot of people had to work very hard to make it run smoothly, and it did.  To see the array of uniforms all competing in one place was really cool. To have excitement and enthusiasm for our sport for even one day is pretty cool. Good weather never hurts either.”

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  • Landon Green '19 throws the shot put on Saturday, April 6. Green won the shot put competition with a throw of 53-10.00. He also placed fourth in discus with a throw of 149-08 and ran the last leg of the sixth place 4x100 meter relay.

  • Peyton Steva '19 jumps over the seventh hurdle during the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay race on Saturday, April 6. Steva also won in the 100 meter hurdles and became the new state leader in the event en route to qualifying for the Drake Relays with a time of 14.63.

  • Cole Mabry '19 competes in the 4x400 meter relay race, the last event of the meet on Saturday, April 6. Mabry ran the third leg and the relay team placed ninth in a time of 3:35.12. He also competed in the distance medley which placed fourth in a time of 3:45.83, the 400 meter hurdles where he placed fifth in 58.03 and the 4x200 meter relay which placed ninth in a time of 1:34.80.

  • Amy Liao '21 runs the second leg of the 4x400 meter run after Katie Severt '19 passed the baton off to her on Saturday, April 6. The relay team placed first in a time of 4:14.70. Liao also ran in the first place 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay team and 4x100 meter relay team. She also placed sixth in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 17.16.

  • Peyton Steva '19 hugs her mom and assistant girls track coach Peggy McGuire after learning that she's the new state leader in the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday, April 6.

  • Kolby Greiner '19 runs during the 3,200 meter run with Dubuque Hempstead's Ryan Winger '21 close behind him on Saturday, April 6. Greiner won and qualified for the Drake Relays in a time of 9:32.45. He also competed in the 1,600 meter run and placed fourth with a time of 4:29.36.

  • Alexie Little '20 throws the discus on Saturday, April 6. Little placed first in the discus with a throw of 121-02 and third in shot put with a throw of 37-11.00.

  • Tyuss Bell '21 runs around the curve of the track during the 400 meter dash on Saturday, April 6. Bell placed seventh in 52.54. He also competed in the 4x400 meter relay, 800 meter sprint medley relay and 1600 meter distance medley relay.

  • Katie Hoefer '21 runs the first leg of the 4x800 meter relay on Saturday, April 6. The relay team placed third in 10:30.13.

  • Kiara Malloy-Salgado '21 runs out at the start of the 800 meter run on Saturday, April 6. Malloy-Salgado placed fourth in a time of 2:23.55. She also competed in the 4x400 meter relay race which placed first in 4:14.70.

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