Exira-EHK senior Evan Wilson runs the third leg of the Spartan 4x800 relay, which finished 14th. He also placed 11th in the 3,200.Spartan junior Jayden Goodwin (center) leads off the 4x800 relay.Spartan sophomore Creighton Nelson runs leg two of the 4x800. Senior Mason Rasmussen (left) runs the anchor leg of Exira-EHK’s 14th-place 4x800 relay. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

Wilson 11th in 1A state meet 3,200

Spartan 4x800 relay finishes in 14th

 DES MOINES (May 17) -- A top-eight medal continued to elude Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Evan Wilson at last week’s co-ed state track meet, but the Spartan distance runner was able to notch a season-best time in his feature event and also compete in his first-ever state relay.
 Exira-EHK’s two state-qualified events took place within a two-hour window inside Drake Stadium on Thursday morning, May 17.
 Wilson started things off by finishing 11th out of 24 runners in the 3,200-meter run (Class 1A), clocking a season-best time of 10:19.55.
 Later, the Spartan team of Jayden Goodwin, Creighton Nelson, Wilson and Mason Rasmussen placed 14th in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:29.91, missing their school record by less than two seconds.
 Wilson previously placed 15th in the 3,200 as both a freshman and junior with times of 10:33.05 and 10:04.74, respectively. He positioned himself about sixth during the first five laps Thursday before fading a bit down the stretch.

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