A first place and three seconds by four relay teams scored the majority of points for the Beckman boys’ track and field team at the Denver Invitational, April 22.
Claiming first was the 4x400-meter relay squad of Nick Hageman, Trent Koelker, Nate Schaefer and Cayden Gassmann (3:36.75), almost three seconds in front of runner-up Independence.
The same four took second in the 4x200 (1:34.59), 23 hundredths of a second behind winners Grundy Center (1:34.36). Koelker, Gassmann and Schaefer were joined by Johan Platel for second in the 4x100 (45.63), again trailing Grundy Center (45.25). Platel, Gassmann, Koelker and Hageman trailed Grundy Center again in the sprint med (1:38.28-1:37.96).
Wyatt Schulte picked up an individual third in the discus (132-03) and Arturo Venegas was sixth in shot (42-03).
Grundy Center (who else) took the team title with 116 points, followed by Anamosa 98.5, Denver 69, Dike-New Hartford 63.5, Independence 61, Union 57.5, Tripoli 54, Charles City 52.5, Jesup 51, BHS 43, West Delaware 35, Belle Plaine 33, Wapsie Valley 28, Benton Community 20.5, Dunkerton 20 and Hudson nine.
A smaller group of Blazers competed at the Denny Gruber Relays in Solon, April 24, and placed ninth with 20 points.
The 4x200 took first with 1:35.84 (Koelker, Hageman, Gassmann and Schaefer) and the 4x100 was second in 45.45 (Platel, Koelker, Gassmann and Schaefer). Platel was sixth in the 100 (11.81), Jude Brehm sixth in the 400 hurdles (1:02.41) and Venegas eighth in shot (40-11.5).
Solon copped the team race with 167 points, followed by Marion 100, Anamosa 66, Mount Vernon 59, North Cedar 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 52, Regina and Pekin 26, BHS, Solon JV 18.