Boys Qualify Four Events For Drake Relays

Qualifiers/Alternates L to R: Sam McPhee, Trenton Beck, Karson Dunn, Jacob Imhoff, Nolan Brunsen, Nic Goodhue, Archer Ogbourne, Hung Hoang
Qualifiers/Alternates L to R: Sam McPhee, Trenton Beck, Karson Dunn, Jacob Imhoff, Nolan Brunsen, Nic Goodhue, Archer Ogbourne, Hung Hoang

The Carlisle boys' track & field squad qualified in four events for the prestigious Drake Relays that were held April 25-27. Athletes at the Drake Relays compete against athletes from all four of Iowa's school size classes.

Senior Trenton Beck qualified in the long jump where he was seeded 22nd out of 24 jumpers coming into the event. Beck's best jump of 20'9 in the prelims put him in 11th place overall. Beck joins Max Goodhue, DaMarcus Taylor, and Bill Betterton as the only long jumpers in school history to compete in that event at the Drake Relays.

Senior Nolan Brunsen qualified for the second straight here in the 110 meter high hurdles. Brunsen came in with a season best time of 14.87 but was not able to run a clean race and finished 23rd out of 32 competitors in time of 15.38. Other 110 meter high hurdle qualifiers in school history include Max Goodhue, Dallas Wright, Henry Sanders, Brian D. Keeney, and Bill Betterton.

Carlisle also qualified the shuttle hurdle relay team for the Drake Relays for the fifth straight season. The top-16 teams in the state qualify in this event where the Wildcats came in seeded 11th. This is the first year that the hurdles are at 36" where in the past they have been at 33". The Carlisle quartet of Beck, sophomore Karson Dunn, sophomore Jacob Imhoff and Brunsen ran 60.62 to finish seventh overall. Carlisle was the highest placing non-4A team in the event.

The final event for the Wildcats was the 4x100m relay where the Cats qualified for the sixth straight season and the 19th time in school history. The quartet of sophomore Nic Goodhue, Brunsen, Dunn and Imhoff came in seeded 46th but ran their season best time of 44.74 to finish 39th overall out of 96 teams.