Wilson’s long-distance sweep lifts Spartans to 4th in RVC
DUNLAP (April 30) -- Evan Wilson earned gold medals in both the two-mile and mile runs Monday night, sparking the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys track team to a fourth-place finish in the Rolling Valley Conference Championships at Dunlap.
A strong south wind gusted well over 30 miles per hour, blowing directly into the face of runners on the track’s home stretch and hampering most runners’ times.
Wilson, who alternated between a headwind and tailwind in his two races, ran smart and within himself to win the 3,200 in 10:51.8 and the 1,600 in 4:51.72. His margins of victory were greater than 27 seconds and 10 seconds, respectively.
Woodbine led the nine-team field with six golds (four in relays) and won the boys team title with 157 points. CAM placed second with 101 points and five gold medals, followed by Boyer Valley (99, 4 golds) and the Spartans (62, 2 golds).
The girls’ team race was much closer as Glidden-Ralston won the RVC title with 106 points, followed by Boyer Valley (99), Woodbine (97.5) and West Harrison (70). The Exira-EHK girls placed in six events and scored 26 points to finish last among eight schools.
Second-place finishes in the 4x800 and distance medley relays highlighted the Spartan girls’ day. Camryn Paulsen and Shelbi Wilson ran the final two legs of both runner-up relays as well as the fourth-place 4x400. The top individual finish was Selena Nichols’ fourth-place effort in the 200 dash.
The Spartan boys placed 14 times in 12 events overall, led by Wilson’s two wins and second-place finishes in the 4x800 relay (Jayden Goodwin, Creighton Nelson, Mason Rasmussen, Josh Pettepier) and Aaron Allen in the shot put.
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