It’s been nearly two years since Western Dubuque’s boys’ track team compete outdoors, but after the long layoff, the Bobcats opened the 2021 season in fine fashion, scoring 188.5 points to win the Lancer Early Bird Meet, at North Scott, March 26.

Coach Tom Jasper’s Bobcats showed plenty of depth, winning three-of-four field events, four individual running events and four relays to easily outdistance second-place North Scott at 134 points. Bettendorf was third at 104.5, followed by Burlington (71.5), Davenport Central (71), Clinton (58), Davenport North (45) and Davenport West (42).

“This was a really unique meet for us because usually by this time we have a great idea of where guys are. This was not the case without any indoor season,” said Jasper. “Our young men prepared and competed like champions and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.”

Cade Messer, Dakota Hoffman and Logan Brosius each won a pair of individual events. Messer topped the 1,600-meter run (4:52.14) and the 3,200 (10:31.84), while Hoffman took the discus with a toss of 129-2 and the shot put with a heave of 47-9. Brosius won the long jump with a leap of 21-5 and the 110-high hurdles in 15.23. Devin Neuhaus won the gold in the 400-hurdles in 1:01.33 to round out WD’s individual winners.

The Bobcats won the 4x200, 4x400, shuttle hurdle and 1,600-medley relays and took second in the 4x100, 4x800 and sprint medley.

The 4x200 team (Mitchell Ashline, Marcus Walker, Neuhaus and Jacob Butcher) cruised home in 1:35.94, the 4x400 foursome (Eli Nauman, Nathan Williams, Caleb Klein and Butcher) won in 3:41.95, and the distance medley team (Carson Burger, Braydyn Staner, Tanner Nauman and Lucas Ingles) won at the wire in 4:00.17. The shuttle hurdle team (Ashline, Neuhaus, Jack Wischmeyer and Brosius) blew away the field, hitting the tape in 1:03.14 to win by over seven seconds.

The 4x100 team (Tommy DeSollar, Ashline, Wischmeyer and Brosius) finished in 45.16, the 4x800 foursome (Eli Nauman, Caden Coyle, Ryan Digmann and Eric Monahan) in 9:03.63 and the sprint medley team (Burger, Tyler Horstman, Staner and Ian Fagan) at 1:43.29 in a hotly contested finish with the top three teams separated by less than a second.

Other place winners for the Bobcats were: DeSollar fourth and Walker fifth in the high jump; Owen Hatcher eighth in the discus; Josh Ernzen fourth in the shot put; Spencer Zinn fourth at 200 and eighth in the 100; Fagan eighth in the 200; Ethan Blair sixth in the 400; Digmann fourth and Monahan seventh in the 800; Wischmeyer third in the 110-high hurdles; Isaiah Hammerand third in the 1,600; Derek Fangman third in the 3,200; and Caden Coyle third in the 400-hurdles.

“We have a great deal of depth and a high level of talent,” concluded Jasper. “We are excited for what the season will bring.”