Spartans finish third at RVC Championships

Monday at the Woodbine Athletic Complex, the Exira-EHK Spartans boys track and field team competed at the Rolling Valley Conference Championships taking home a third place finish with 72 points, just five behind Coon Rapids-Bayard and three ahead of CAM.

“We knew going in it was going to be a tight team finish from 2nd-5th place,” said Spartan Head Coach Kevin Brown. “We were shy of 2nd place by only 5 points to a very talented Coon Rapids team. I believe we had a good attitude throughout the meet from field events, all the way to our 4x400. We had personal bests with Bryce Brabham in the 200m dash, Jathen Devereaux-Carile in discus, and Phil Reinhardt in the long jump.”

Senior Cash Emgarten finished in first place once again in both the 100 and 200m dash with times of 11.38 and 23.09.

“Cash ran some of his slower times at the conference meet, but he knows he has bigger goals to accomplish by next Thursday,” Brown said. “I have no doubt he will be locked in to finish his senior season on the blue oval at state.”

Emgarten also competed in the high jump event with a jump of 5-10.00, not far behind Trevon Keely of Paton-Churdan who won the event with a jump of 6-04.00.

Other Spartan highlights included Austin Rasmussen in the longer distance events placing high in both the 1600 and 3200m running events continue to improve his times. In the 1600, he finished with 5:14.62. In the 3200, he finished with 10:59.32.

“Austin Rasmussen has shown improvement throughout the season,” Brown added. “I enjoyed seeing him push himself to catch the middle pack in the two mile and mile. He is one of those athletes that always wants to get better and compete.”

According to Brown, another Senior on his roster continues to improve, bringing his time down in hurdles, but knows the work is not done with the state championships lingering not far away.

“Jonas [LaCanne] ran a season best at conference in the 400 hurdles, but knows he has to get his time closer to 57 seconds to be able to qualify for state,” he said. “It's one of those things where he just needs to show up next Thursday and throw down an impressive time to get in.”

The Spartans will have some time off before they back on the track to compete again. They return to action Monday at 4:30 p.m. at ACGC High School where they will be one of 14 schools competing.

“Monday at ACGC will be a good meet for us just to tune up some things for districts,” Brown said. “I also would like to see the team continue to improve and hit personal bests. I am hoping the extra rest will lead to some good times at ACGC, but our eyes are to be ready for when districts comes next Thursday at Fremont-Mills.”



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