Decorah boys tie for second place at district meet

Posted: Fri, May 11, 2018 11:03 AM
Jackson Varney qualifies for state in the long jump (all photos by's Clara Knudson)

It started out a beautiful evening for the district track and field meet at Decorah, but the rain started about 7:00 p.m and the boys finished running the last two hours of the meet in the rain. Center Point Urbana won the meet with 156 points. Vinton-Shellsburg and Decorah tied for 2nd place with 124 points, Waverly Shell-Rock had 104, West Delaware 75, Charles City 58, Crestwood 56, and Independence 37.

In the field events, Decorah placed 2nd in three of the events. Keaton Solberg was 2nd in the high jump at 6 feet. Jackson Varney was 2nd in the long jump at 20 feet, 5.5 inches. Andy Lillegraven was 2nd in the shot put at 48 feet, 11.5 inches. Lillegraven placed 5th in the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches.

It was a 1st place finish in the sprint medley run that had the crowd on their feet as Jackson Varney passed three teams in the last 100 meters for the win. Teammates included Jason Adam, Andrew Magner, and Beirgen Gunhus-Dansdill, clocking in at 1:36.37.

Andrew Kephart finished in 2nd place in the 3200 meter run with his time of 9:56.51. Gus Hayes was 5th in the 3200, finishing at 10:32.43. Kephart finished 2nd in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:35.83. Brady Hogan was 5th in the 1600 meter run in 4:57.50.

Matthew Franzen had a photo finish in the 4 x 800 meter relay. Teammates Jarod Phillips, Tyler Vande Lune, Brady Hogan, and Franzen tied with Vinton-Shellsburg with a time of 8:25.14. After several minutes of watching tapes of the end of the race, Vinton-Shellsburg was given 2nd place, putting Decorah in third place. The Vikings now wait to see if they qualify for state in the 4 x 800, based on their time.

Jason Adam, Austin Myli, Clay Johansen, and Andrew Magner finished in 2nd place in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time o f 1:01.71.

It was a 1st place finish for Jackson Varney, Beirgan Gunhus-Dansdill, Austin Myli, and Andrew Kephart in the distance medley with their time of 3:38.92.

Kyle Renken finished in 8th place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.40.

It was a 5th place finish for Jason Adam, Beirgen Gunhus-Dansdill, Clay Johansen, and Mikel Fullhart in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Andrew Magner won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.36.

Jackson Varney finished in 2nd place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.04. Mikel Fullhart was 8th in 24.08.

In the 4 x 100 meter relay the team of Jason Adam, Andrew Magner, Mikel Fullhart, and Beirgen Gunhus-Dansdill were 3rd with a time of 45.92.

In the final relay of the night the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Clay Johansen, Austin Myli, Tyler Vande Lune, and Christian Johnson finished in 4th place with their time of 3:35.66.

All first and second place finishes at districts receive automatic bids for state, then the next eight highest times in running events receive an at large bid.

The following events will be competing at the state track and field meet next week:
Andrew Kephart in the 3200 meter run and 1600 meter run
Andrew Magner in the 110 meter hurdles
Jackson Varney in the 200 meter dash and the long jump
Keaton Solberg in the high jump
Andy Lillegraven in the shot put
Sprint medley relay
Shuttle hurdle relay
Distance medley relay

For a complete list of events and schedules:

L-R: Beirgan Gunhus- Dansdill, Jackson Varney, Andrew Magner, and Jason Adam won the sprint medley relay
Andy Lillegraven prepares to throw the shot put
Keaton Solberg qualifies for the State meet in the high jump
It was a photo finish for the 4x 800 team of L-R: Jarod Phillips, Matthew Franzen, Tyler Vande Lune and Brady Hogan 4 x 800