Linn-Mar's Evans Breaks John Ask Record, Prairie Wins Team Title

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS — Nine minutes? It may be just a matter of time.

When Linn-Mar's Josh Evans is healthy, just about anything seems possible.

Evans smashed the 3,200-meter record at the John Ask Relays on Saturday at Kingston Stadium, racing through it in a very un-March-like 9 minutes, 14.95 seconds.

That's only 3 1/2 seconds off his career best — set last year at the Drake Relays — and just 10 seconds away from the all-time Iowa best (9:04.33, by Jon Thomas of Des Moines Roosevelt in 2005).

"It was pretty good," Evans understated, adding that there is a healthy amount of room for improvement. "I got out a little slow, and my sixth lap, I died off a little bit."

Despite winning just one event, Cedar Rapids Prairie captured its first John Ask team title.

The Hawks compiled 118.5 points behind Michael Lamparek's discus title (he threw 139 feet, 10 inches) and nine second-place finishes. Iowa City West, which had won here three straight years, settled for second Saturday with 113 points. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (99) was third; defending Class 4A state champion Linn-Mar (82) was fourth.

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