Yeager Leads CP-U To Wamac Boys’ Team Title

By Jeff Linder, The Gazette

VAN HORNE — He ran four races, 6,400 meters. He wore two uniforms.

Tired, there, Josh Yeager?

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “But it still feels good.”

Tired. And triumphant.

Center Point-Urbana won six events — Yeager was in on half of them — and breezed to the Wamac Conference boys’ track and field championship last night at Bobcat Stadium.

CPU accumulated 136 points, followed by Solon (91.5). That was the tension-free portion of Thursday’s competition.

The drama? That came in the girls’ meet, which came down to the final race.

Mount Vernon (92 points) edged West Delaware (88) and Solon (84), despite winning just one event.

“That just shows how diverse we are,” said Mustangs junior Emma Cochrane. “Coach (Maggie) Willems can put just about anybody in anything. She has a lot of options.”

The meet featured a 30-minute delay after the first running event, the girls’ 3,000-meter run.

Once action resumed, CPU was the class of the boys’ field. Yeager, a junior, ran on the second-place 3,200-meter relay team, then won the 3,200 and 1,600 before anchoring home the victorious medley relay.

Four races, 6,400 meters, three gold medals. And two uniforms — a yellow top early in the meet, a black one later on.

“I ran the 4-by-8, the 3,200 and the 1,600 (earlier this week) at Monticello, but we really wanted to stretch everybody for the team aspect tonight.

“We knew Solon was going to be awfully tough. This is a huge confidence-booster, but in the back of our minds, we know they’re going to keep coming.”

CPU also got titles from Levi Gatrost in the high jump, Nick Thibault in the 400 hurdles (part of a 1-2 finish) and its 1,600-meter relay.

Solon’s Conner Ham was a triple-winner (100, 200 and 110 hurdles) while teammate Dalton Ferguson swept the throws.

As Cochrane mentioned, Mount Vernon’s girls’ title was the product of depth and diversity. The Mustangs won only the 3,200-meter relay.

The final event was typical. Leading Solon by two points and West Delaware by six, the Mustangs ran second to the Hawks in the 1,600 relay to clinch the win.

Anamosa’s Olivia Loy was unquestionably the performer of the girls’ meet. The senior won the 100, 200, 400.

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