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The West High track teams returned to the Blue Oval to compete in the state track championships May 16-18. Check out the link below for a full recap and photos.

The soccer teams took on City High at the University of Iowa Soccer Field last week. Check out the link below for full recap and photos!

The Trojans headed to Drake Stadium for the annual Drake Relays April 26-27. Check out the link below for full recap and photos.

The girls' soccer team showed their offensive power in a statement win over Cedar Rapids Washington. Check out the link below for full recap and photos.

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Trojans take home hardware at state track

The girls and boys track teams traveled back to Des Moines May 16-18 to compete in the state championships.
Colin Wehrle
Reveling in their individual victories, Aidan Jacobsen ’24, Izaiah Loveless ’24 and Moustafa Tiea ’25 hold their state champion flags. At Drake Stadium, Jacobsen, Loveless and Tiea won the 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 800-meter dash respectively, scoring 30 points for the Trojans at the state meet and taking home gold.


The girls track team qualified in eleven events for the Iowa High School Girls Track and Field Championships. The West girls were the first ever Para Division Team State Champions, with Hannah Longmire ’26 scoring 40 points and sweeping the 100-meter ambulatory dash, 200-meter ambulatory dash, 400-meter ambulatory dash and 800-meter ambulatory dash to four state event titles. 

The West girls finished 24th overall with six points. Their hurdle team contributed to this final score with Erinn Varga ’24 finishing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles and their shuttle hurdle team of Varga, Jaylin Herring ’26, Eriniah Carter ’24 and Sophia Olivio ’25 placing fifth overall. 

Some other notable individual performances include Helen Penning ’24 finishing ninth in the shot put, Sophia Austen ’27 finishing eleventh in the high jump and Carter finishing eleventh in the 100-meter hurdles. 

The girls also qualified for two other relays, finishing 19th in the 4×400-meter relay and 20th in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay respectively. The girls will be hosting the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships and State Pentathlon on June 1. Registration can be found at this link

Girls results:

100-meter ambulatory para dash: 1st place 15.83 (Hannah Longmire ’26)

200-meter ambulatory para dash: 1st place 32.67 (Longmire)

400-meter ambulatory para dash: 1st place 1:17.01 (Longmire)

800-meter ambulatory para dash: 1st place 2:49.37 (Longmire)

100-meter hurdles: 24th place 18.26 (Sophia Olivio ’25), 11th place 15.59 (Eriniah Carter ’24)

400-meter hurdles: 7th place 1:06.21 (Erinn Varga ’24)

High jump: 11th place 5-00.00 (Sophia Austen ’27)

Shot put: 9th place 37-05.00 (Helen Penning ’24)

4×400-meter relay: 19th place 4:08.88 (Eva Willis ’26, Austen, Varga, Jaylin Herring ’26)

1600-meter sprint medley relay: 20th place 4:24.23 (Natalie Steva ’25, Varga, Herring, Kate Van Waning ’26)

4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay: 5th place 1:04.61 (Varga, Herring, Carter, Olivio)


Although the boys team fell short of the title, they rounded up an impressive 62 points, placing fourth overall. The meet started with Izaiah Loveless ’24 qualifying for the 200-meter dash finals, which he would go on to win in 21.69. A few hours later, Aidan Jacobsen ’24 and Moustafa Tiea ’25 raced the 400-meter dash, with Jacobsen placing eighth in 49.79 and Tiea placing fifth in 49.13. 

The next day, the boys 1600-meter sprint medley relay placed fifth in 3:28.5. The roster consisted of Todd Rent ’24, Mason Woods ’25, Sam Showers ’25 and Tiea on the anchor, with Rent and Tiea having competed in this relay a few months prior at the Drake Relays

Rent, Woods and Loveless all returned along with Julian Manson ’26 to compete in the 4×200-meter relay, placing third in 1:27.17, taking home bronze and a season’s best for the quartet. Shortly after, Jacobsen returned to the track for the 400-meter hurdles, where he placed first in 52.85, taking home gold and almost a school record.

In addition to the races, there were various striking field event performances. Jacobsen placed second in long jump, going 22-11.75, taking home another medal. Colin Whitters ’26 had a noteworthy throw in the shot put, throwing 156-01, which secured eighth place.

The weekend rounded out with a couple more momentous performances. Loveless competed in the 100-meter dash finals, running slower than his original qualifying time of 10.66, but still taking third with 11.00. Afterwards, Tiea raced the 800-meter dash and after being boxed for a majority of the race, he outkicked the rest of the competition, taking first in 1:54.24.

Boys results:

100-meter dash: 3rd place 11.00 (Izaiah Loveless ’24)

200-meter dash: 1st place 21.69 (Loveless)

400-meter dash: 5th place 49.13 (Moustafa Tiea ’25) 8th place 49.79 (Aidan Jacobsen ’24)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 52.85 (Jacobsen) 19th place 57.24 (Waleed Ibrahim ’26)

800-meter dash: 1st place 1:54.24 (Tiea) 14th place 1:58.15 (Sam Showers ’25)

1600-meter run: 23rd place 4:30.71 (Tiea)

Discus throw: 8th place 156-01 (Colin Whitters ’26) 17th place 144-06 (Winner Ndjibu ’24)

Shot put: 7th place 51-07.75 (Whitters) 11th place 48-07.75 (Kendall Woodson ’24)

Long jump: 2nd place 22-11.75 (Jacobsen) 18th place 20-06.50 (Damari Lacy ’26)

800-meter sprint medley relay: 9th place 1:32.88 (Todd Rent ’24, Mason Woods ’25, Julian Manson ’26, Jacobsen)

1600-meter sprint medley relay: 5th place 3:28.54 (Rent, Woods, Showers, Tiea)

4×100-meter relay preliminaries: 10th place 42.33 (Rent, Woods, Manson, Loveless)

4×110-meter shuttle hurdle relay preliminaries: 16th place 1:01.13 (Eli Smock ’26, Jackson Seering ’24, Cade Towler ’27, Ibrahim)

4×200-meter relay: 3rd place 1:27.17 (Rent, Woods, Manson, Loveless)

4×800-meter relay: 23rd place 8:29.93 (Brice Wahe ’25, Michael Lee ’24, Maxwell Bruss ’25, Colin Wehrle ’27)

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Erinn Varga
Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor
(she/her) Erinn is a senior at West and this is her second year on staff. She is the design editor and opinion editor for the print publication. If she's not currently running, you can find her drawing, listening to music or consuming media.
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(she/her) Ceci De Young is a senior at West and this is her third year on the Trojan Epic staff. She is the photo and video editor this year and loves everything sports.
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