Linn-Mar Rallies, Sets Drake Record In Sprint Medley

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

DES MOINES — The Gosch-and-Josh combination is a fleeting one.

Dalton Gosch is just getting his feet wet. Josh Evans is putting his final touches on a masterpiece of a high school distance-running career.

Friday, their paths intersected. It was memorable.

Gosch put Linn-Mar into contention, then Evans ran a gasp-inducing 1:51.0 split that lifted the Lions to a meet-record 1,600-meter medley relay effort at the Drake Relays.

"I heard Josh's split, and my mouth just dropped," said leadoff man Tristan Freese. "You can always count on Josh. He can come back from anything."

Freese, Daniel Gorsich, Gosch and Evans finished in 3 minutes, 26.89 seconds, eclipsing Iowa City High's 2004 standard of 3:27.18.

Evans was nosed out Thursday in the 3,200 by Boone's Albert Meier — the fastest 3,200 in Drake history. He wasn't going to be denied again.

"I was praying the whole time," Evans said. "I was thinking, 'I can stay at this pace. It's an 800, it's supposed to hurt.' "

Gosch, a freshman, got his first whiff of big-meet experience, and aced his initial exam. The rookie received the baton off the lead pace, but gained ground and made it manageable for Evans.

"I just tried to think of it as a very, very competitive practice," Gosch said. "I was a little intimidated, but for the most part, I was just excited to be here."

Evans was on the shoulder of West Des Moines Dowling's Ryan Schweizer with 400 meters to go, then won going away. Dowling was second in 3:28.08.

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