Prep Track and Field

Center Point-Urbana tops a balanced field at Marion boys' track meet

Marion's Chris Mohwinkle, Connor Whalen finish 1-2 in the 400

Center Point-Urbana Stormin' Pointers
Center Point-Urbana Stormin' Pointers

MARION — What wind? Chris Mohwinkle was oblivious.

“I didn’t notice it,” he said. “I was focused on the finish line and beating (teammate) Connor (Whalen).”

A 1-2 finish by Mohwinkle and Whalen in the 400-meter dash highlighted a performance in which Marion captured six events at the Marion Invitational boys’ track and field meet Monday at Thomas Park Field.

But Center Point-Urbana had a little more depth and edged the Indians, 90-88, for the team title of a balanced 12-squad meet.

Trailing by five points entering the final event, the Stormin’ Pointers placed second in the 1,600-meter relay. Marion was eighth.

Benton Community placed third with 81 points, followed by Solon (74) and Vinton-Shellsburg (73).

Mohwinkle, a senior, ran the second open 400 of his career in 50.62 seconds, edging Whalen — a sophomore who ran in 51.10.

“It wasn’t bad, but I feel a little sick right now,” Mohwinkle said shortly after the race. “I know Coach (Chad Zrudsky) put us both in the race to push us both. I didn’t want him to beat me, but man, he’s going to be a beast.”

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CPU claimed three events. Devin Smith won the 200 in 23.17 seconds, and the Stormin’ Pointers captured the 3,200-meter and sprint medley relays.

Marion won the 400- and 800-meter relays and got individual titles from Dawson Kirk (100), Reid Coates (800) and Harrison Vanderlinden (1,600) in addition to the 1-2 show by Mohwinkle and Whalen.

Benton’s Patrick Gorkow eclipsed the 10-minute barrier for the first time in the 3,200, running to the lead immediately and finishing in 9:53.47.

The wind was coming out of the south at 25 miles per hour when Gorkow ran. Nice on the backstretch, not so nice on the front straightaway.

“I tried not to think about it,” Gorkow said. “My teammates were scattered around the track and giving me lots of motivation. I didn’t really have anyone to compete with, so I had to come out and see if I could hold the pace by myself.”

North Linn’s Ryan Miller capitalized on the conditions, sailing 22 feet, 5 inches to take top honors in the long jump. He also anchored the Lynx’s winning shuttle hurdle relay. 

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD: MARION INVITATIONAL

At Thomas Park Field

Teams — 1. Center Point-Urbana 90, 2. Marion 88, 3. Benton Community 81, 4. Solon 74, 5. Vinton-Shellsburg 73, 6. Anamosa 69, 7. Mount Vernon 66, 8. West Delaware 62, 9. Monticello 44, 10. North Linn 42, 11, DeWitt Central 28, 12. Maquoketa Valley 24.

Shot put — 1. Tyler Linderbaum (Sol), 53-10 3/4; 2. Cole Overton (V-S), 53-0 1/2; 3. Rocky Lensing (Sol), 47-5; Discus — 1. Harrison Goebel (WDel), 162-0; 2. Coal Flansburg (Sol), 150-2; 3. Tyler Linderbaum (Sol), 146-10; High jump — 1. Kabryn Cook (WDel), 6-0; 2. C.J. Rickels (V-S), 6-0; 3. Turner Schroeder (BC), 5-10; Long jump — 1. Ryan Miller (NL), 22-5; 2. Blake Bohnsack (V-S), 20-5 1/4; 3. Eddie Richey (Sol), 19-11.

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Sprint medley relay — 1. Center Point-Urbana, 1:36.88; 2. Anamosa, 1:37.61; 3. Mount Vernon, 1:37.81; 3,200 — 1. Patrick Gorkow (BC), 9:53.47; 2. Cole Cruise (Monti), 10:31.11; 3. Mason Bach (CPU), 10:59.04; 3,200 relay — 1. Center Point-Urbana, 8:27.07; 2. Anamosa, 8:30.25; 3. Mount Vernon, 8:30.25; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. North Linn, 1:01.04; 2. Benton Community, 1:01.29; 3. DeWitt Central, 1:02.78; 100 — 1. Dawson Kirk (Mar), 11.63; 2. Jake Hilmer (NL), 11.81; 3. JuCorey Higgins (Mar), 11.86; Distance medley relay — 1. Mount Vernon, 3:40.72; 2. Monticello, 3:43.60; 3. Benton Community, 3:45.06; 400 — 1. Chris Mohwinkle (Mar), 50.62; 2. Connor Whalen (Mar), 51.10; 3. Noah Sams (Ana), 52.64; 800 relay — 1. Marion, 1:31.18; 2. Vinton-Shellsburg, 1:34.00; 3. Benton Community, 1:34.04; 110 hurdles — 1. Luke Ira (Sol), 15.34; 2. Avery Martensen (Monti), 15.39; 3. Koal Marshall (BC), 15.79; 800 — 1. Reid Coates (Mar), 2:05.09; 2. Cameron Hasleiet (CPU), 2:06.58; 3. Cole Tharp (V-S), 2:09.00; 200 — 1. Devin Smith (CPU), 23.17; 2. Blake Osborn (BC), 23.99; 3. Luke Ira (Sol), 24.21; 400 hurdles — 1. Logan Seeley (Ana), 57.26; 2. Nick Casey (WDel), 58.38; 3. Cole Engel (WDel), 59.24; 1,600 — 1. Harrison Vanderlinden (Mar), 4:38.53; 2. Daniel Miller (Ana), 4:47.55; 3. Caden Eskelsen (MtV), 4:47.88; 400 relay — 1. Marion, 44.16; 2. Solon, 45.11; 3. Mount Vernon, 45.39; 1,600 relay — 1. Anamosa, 3:30.81; 2. Center Point-Urbana, 3:30.88; 3. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3:31.02.

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