Boys’ track holds banquet

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The West Liberty boys’ track and field banquet was held at the high school June 1. A meal was shared and awards were given.

"We had a tremendous season this year," West Liberty Co-head Coach Gus Garcia said.

The team sent eight events to the state meet in Des Moines this season. Tanner Iske had the best finish of the athletes at the meet with a second-place finish in the 100m dash.. He finished second in the 100m dash.

Noah Feldman was the other scoring athlete for the Comets. He placed third in the high jump.

Other events that competed in the state meet were Michael Hartman in the 400m hurdles; Hartman, Seth Feldman, N. Feldman, and Iske in the 4x100 and the 4x200; Iske, Justis Dengler, S. Feldman, and N. Feldman in the 4x400; A.J. Lenz, Jackson Gingerich, Nathan Schemmel, and Coy Ruess in the distance medley; and Hartman, Austin McMichael, S. Feldman, and Armando Revelez in the shuttle hurdle relay.

Four newcomer awards were distributed. Hurdler of the year was Austin McMichael. Sprinter newcomer was Jackson Gingerich. Erick Estrada was the distrance newcomer of the year. Talen Dengler was the field events newcomer of the year.

Most valuable teammates were named: Michael Hartman for hurdler, Coy Ruess for distance runner, Tanner Iske for sprinter, and Noah Feldman for field event.

Three most improved awards were given. Seth Feldman was Most Improved Sprinter, Nathan Schemmel was Most Improved Distance Runner, and Cobain Polman was Most Improved in Field Events.

Armando Revelez received the Coaches' Appreciation award, and Justis Denger received the Comeback Runner award.

Freshmen athletes were acknowledged. They were Bryson Iske, Estrada, McMichael, and Talen Dengler. Sophomore athletes were Spencer Daufeldt, Ruess, Eli Gingerich, Cobain Polman, A.J. Lenz, and Seth Feldman. Juniors were Andy Lopez, Jackson Gingerich, Justis Dengler, Tanner Iske, Michael Hartman, and Nathan Schemmel. Seniors were Luis Melendez, Joe Baker, amd N. Feldman, a three-time Drake qualifier.

Garcia thanked his assistant coaches and his wife for "leaving (him) alone and letting (him) coach."
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