TV 4×400 leads the way at state

By Becky Walz,

Finishing 10th in the 4x400 relay for the Trojans in 3:30.99 were (l-r) Ryan Franzen, Burke Busta, Chase Hayek and Noah Hanson. (Driftless Multimedia photo by Becky Walz)

The season came to a close for the Turkey Valley boys track team as the Trojans sent four events to the State Track Meet in Des Moines over the weekend.
While the Trojans came close to scoring points, with a pair of 10th-place finishes, but fell just short.
The weekend opened with Noah Hanson on the track in the 100-meter dash Thursday. The senior earned 23rd in the event prelims in 12.03 seconds. The prelims winner was Lisbon’s Baylor Speidel in 11.01 seconds. In Saturday’s finals it was Austin Kunkle of ACGC breaking the tape in 10.52 seconds.
Ryan Franzen also competed Thursday in the 400-meter dash timed finals, finishing 10th overall in 51.33 seconds. Mount Ayr’s Ryce Reynolds posted the fastest time of 48.21 to be crowned the Class 1A champion.
Friday, the quartet of Hanson, Chase Hayek, Burke Busta and Franzen raced on the Blue Oval in the 4×400 prelims. The TV relay crossed the finish line in 3:30.99 to earn 10th and just missed qualifying for Friday’s finals. Lynnville-Sully won the prelims in 3:25.63, with South Hamilton winning the title Saturday in 3:22.29.
The final Turkey Valley event on the track was the sprint medley Saturday morning. Troy Schmitt, Hayek, Hanson and Franzen teamed up for a time of 1:38.59, good for 20th in Class 1A. The title was won by Lawton-Bronson in 1:31.12.

Class 1A boys team scores (Top 10)
1. Lisbon 60; 2. Columbus 52; 3. Lawton-Bronson 43; 4. Mount Ayr 41; 5. ACGC 41; 6. Lynnville-Sully 29; 7. St. Edmond 26; 7. Woodbine 26; 9. Lenox 20.5; 10. Akron-Westfield 20


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