Track: Lions Take Wilkinson Crown

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

Linn-Mar's Josh Evans (left) laps a pack of competitors on the final stretch of the 3200 meter run during the Wilkinson Relays at Kingston Stadium on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Cedar Rapids. Evans placed first. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Timauntay Jones has developed a new respect for distance runners.

One in particular.

“(Josh Evans), he’s on a different level from anybody I’ve ever run against,” said the senior from Cedar Rapids Jefferson. “I’ve never run against a guy like that.”

A junior at Linn-Mar, Evans competed in just one race at Friday’s Wilkinson Relays boys’ track meet at Kingston Stadium. He made it a record-setter, claiming the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 21.01 seconds.

That effort ranks No. 1 in the state this season by more than 9 seconds.

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Willie Rhoads reacts after clearing 6 feet, 5 inches in the high jump during the Wilkinson Relays at Kingston Stadium on Friday. Rhoads went on to clear 6-7 to win the event and establish a career-best. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)
As for Jones, he ventured into new territory. He ran a 3,200 for the first time in his career (he was second to Evans), then won the 1,600 in 4:35.04 — his first appearance in that event since his sophomore year.

“That was rough,” Jones said after the 1,600 while sitting on the Kingston artificial turf. “I did this just for the training. I wanted to get my body out of the rhythm of running 800s. I just wanted to shock my body a little bit.”

Jones held off a late charge by Cedar Rapids Washington’s Joe Berry in the 1,600.

“I tried my best to hold off his pass and ruin his momentum,” Jones said.

The meet consisted of the seven Metro schools, and Linn-Mar won it with 123 points. The Lions won seven events.

Marion was second with 84 points; Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Cedar Rapids Prairie tied for third with 83.

Chase Grabau was a double-winner for the Lions, claiming the 400 (52.00) and 800 (2:03.19). Perrion Scott added the 200 title, and the Lions claimed the 3,200-, 400- and 1,600-meter relay crowns.

Kennedy’s Derek Jacobus, last year’s Drake Relays long jump runner-up, was the winner in that event Friday, leaping 22 feet. Jacobus was a member of the Cougars’ winning shuttle hurdle relay and anchored the triumphant 800-meter relay.

Kennedy sophomore Willie Rhoads established a career-best in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 7 inches.

Rhoads missed his first jump, at 5-10, then “as I kept going up, I kept getting more confidence,” he said.

“I jump like I’m trying to touch the net (in basketball),” he said. “I like to dunk the ball.”

WILKINSON RELAYS

At Kingston Stadium

Teams — 1. Linn-Mar 123, 2. Marion 84, 3. (tie) C.R. Kennedy and C.R. Prairie 83, 5. C.R. Jefferson 69, 6. C.R. Xavier 68, 7. C.R. Washington 47.

Shot put — 1. Zach Borens (M), 49-9 1/2; 2. Craig Murtha (CRX), 49-4; 3. Drew Heitland (CRK), 46-11; Discus — 1. Craig Murtha (CRX), 144-0 1/2; 2. Zach Gillis (CRW), 133-2; 3. Zach Borens (M), 132-3 1/4; High jump — 1. Willie Rhoads (CRK), 6-7; 2. Isaac Frasier (M), 6-2; 3. Shawn Beyer (CRK), 5-10; Long jump — 1. Derek Jacobus (CRK), 21-0; 2. Perrion Scott (LM), 20-2; 3. Demetrius Harper (CRP), 20-0.

3,200 — 1. Josh Evans (LM), 9:21.01*; 2. Timauntay Jones (CRJ), 9:46.16; 3. Mitch Pritts (CRP), 9:53.74; 3,200 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Rathje, Dolezal, Mather, Cook), 8:23.37; 2. C.R. Washington, 8:32.84; 3. Marion, 8:44.49; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Kaiser, Jacobus, Cook, Perkins), 1:00.43; 2. Marion, 1:00.92; 3. C.R. Prairie, 1:02.32; 100 — 1. Nick Steingreaber (CRX), 11.27; 2. Perrion Scott (LM), 11.38; 3. Dylan Chittick (CRJ), 11.64; 400 — 1. Chase Grabau (LM), 52.00; 2. Tristan Freese (LM), 52.62; 3. Brandon Gradoville (CRX), 53.10; 800 relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Koelling, Cook, Shannon, Jacobus), 1:31.59; 2. Marion, 1:32.75; 3. C.R. Jefferson, 1:32.98; 110 hurdles — 1. Heakon Wilz (CRP), 15.52; 2. Isaac Frasier (M), 15.57; 3. Quinn Cannoy (M), 15.77; 1,600 — 1. Timauntay Jones (CRJ), 4:35.04; 2. Joe Berry (CRW), 4:40.29; 3. Jake Moore (CRP), 4:50.44; 200 — 1. Perrion Scott (LM), 22.70; 2. Nate Karlan (CRJ), 23.10; 3. Tristan Freese (LM), 23.27; 400 hurdles — 1. Lucas Vanous (CRJ), 56.54; 2. Noah Clasen (CRX), 56.95; 3. Haakon Wilz (CRP), 58.10; 1,600 medley relay — 1. C.R. Prairie (Vizzini, Kuchemann, Harper, Pritts), 3:42.75; 2. Marion, 3:46.68; 3. Linn-Mar, 3:53.81; 800 — 1. Chase Grabau (LM), 2:03.19; 2. Brandon Gradoville (CRX), 2:03.73; 3. Duggan Trenary (LM), 2:03.74; 400 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Scott, Freese, Jeffries, Wolfe), 43.36; 2. C.R. Xavier, 43.99; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 44.18; 1,600 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Rathje, McBrayer, Cook, Wirth), 3:34.13; 2. C.R. Jefferson, 3:35.55; 3. Marion, 3:36.01.

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