Comets at Drake

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The West Liberty boys' track and field team took three events and four athletes to the Drake Relays in Des Moines last week.

They did not get any medals, but they all turned in strong performances. Drake is an excellent opportunity for high school athletes to prepare for the State Meet which is held in the same venue.

Senior Noah Feldman competed in the high jump and cleared 6-05. He was ninth.

"Noah Feldman is a three-time qualifier for Drake," West Liberty Co-head Coach Gus Garcia said. "Every year he's gotten better. He's very close to breaking the school record. He was close to 6-07 on his last attempt. We were happy with his performance in the high jump, I know he was disappointed."

Junior Tanner Iske had a time of 11.13 in the preliminary round of the 100m dash. "(He) ran a pretty good time with the conditions that we had - cold and rainy," Garcia said. "He just missed making the finals and getting a medal at Drake. He ran in 11.13. 11.12 was eighth place for a medal.

"He was disappointed, but I was happy he came out and ran in those conditions. He's not a cold-weather runner, but he did a great job. Then he turned around and anchored the 4x100.

The 4x100 team of Michael Hartman, Seth Feldman, N. Feldman, and Iske finished second in their hear with a time of 44.87. They were 36th overall." Alternates for the race were Armando Revelez and A.J. Lenz.

Even with the cold, windy conditions, they "still ran a decent time," Garcia said. "That's great with having a new guy in there. Seth Feldman replaced Evan Dalton (from) last year. We were hoping for warmer weather."

The Comets are hoping to take quite a few events back to Drake Stadium for the State Meet later this month. The state-qualifying meet is May 11 at Mount Pleasant. They will be competing against other quality teams.

"It's going to be a challenge at the District Meet," Garcia said.
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