Demi Austin cruises through the finish line knowing she had just earned 1st place and an automatic trip to the state track meet. Photo by Jason Selby
Though the Wayne girls’ track team did not win 7 meets like last year, they managed to best their success of 2015 by sending 9 events to the 2016 Iowa state track championship. Last year, the Lady Falcons earned 8 spots.
At Saling Athletic Complex in Corydon on May 12, Wayne led early and finished 2nd for the 2nd straight year at districts, scoring 142 points.
“We scored points in every single event, including finishing in the top 6 in every single event,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “We are a very well-rounded team with girls contributing in all phases of track and field. We also had girls from every grade making key contributions. This is also the 3rd consecutive year we have finished 1st or 2nd at districts.
“We had a number of girls perform at their best for the final regular season meet. This is our goal, to gradual improve throughout the season and peak at the end.” May 16, 2016, 15:31
Falcon freshman Specer Buban throws a season best 35 feet, 3.5 inches. Behind Buban, pictured for Mormon Trail is James Evans. Photo by Jason Selby
The track careers of seniors Blayde Baker, Keyton Nickell and Mason Petty came to an end at home on May 12, as a young Falcons track team went down fighting at the district meet held at Saling Athletic Complex.
Junior Alex Chapman put on a good show, a promise of what’s to come next year both on the football field and on the track. In the 100-meter dash, Chapman ran a 12.07, finishing 3rd by three hundredths of a second. He finished 2nd in the 200-meter dash in 24.19. In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Bronson Carpenter placed 5th in 56.38. Grady Carpenter placed 8th in the 3,200-meter run in 12:17.74.
Bronson Carpenter finished 2nd in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches. Sawyer Nickell placed 7th in the long jump in 16 feet, 11 inches.
With his best throw of the year, freshman Spencer Buban finished 6th in the shot put with a distance of 35 feet, 3.5 inches. May 16, 2016, 11:04
Lady Falcon Karna Hampton clears a hurdle at last year’s district meet at Martensdale. Hampton will be one of three seniors returning who scored points in last year’s state track meet. Photo by Jason Selby
PRIDE OF IOWA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT AND DISTRICT MEET TO BE HELD AT SALING ATHLETIC COMPLEX
The promise of the new Saling Athletic Complex came true this year, as Wayne was awarded the Pride of Iowa Conference and the district track meets, which are both coed. Boys head coach Joe Nekvinda and girls head coach Bart Elliott hope to capitalize on that home field advantage.
“Usually we’re an hour to two hours away,” Elliott said.
“It’s a big year for us and the new facility,” Nekvinda said of the second spring of McClymonds Track. “It rotates among 12 schools. With our track being in disrepair last time, we delayed it. We ended up getting it this year, which is exciting." Mar 21, 2016, 07:59
As the Falcon cheerleaders root him on, Wayne’s Blayde Baker grapples with Pleasantville’s Sawyer Phillips on Feb. 18 at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. Photo by Meranda Crewse
WAYNE WRESTLER ENDS CAREER 2ND ALL-TIME IN WINS
After the first round of the 1A 152-pound division at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament, Wayne’s Blayde Baker was an exhausted young man who could only admit to giving it his all.
As a senior, the Falcon wrestler was seeing his first action at Wells Fargo Arena. Having wrestled at 160 pounds during much of the season, Baker at 34-9 came into Thursday’s action evenly matched with Pleasantville junior Sawyer Phillips, 33-8. Their clash demonstrated the level of competition, as Baker and Phillips battled through 4 overtimes to decide the victor.
“Total match time was about 8 and a half minutes,” Wayne head wrestling coach Joe Nekvinda said, who along with assistant coach Joel Petty has led a wrestling resurgance in the past 3 seasons. “We’ve not had that happen in our 3 years of high school coaching.” Feb 23, 2016, 11:19
Wayne's Bronson Carpenter scored this bucket and was fouled with less than a minute to play in the Falcons' 74-69 1st round playoff win against Moravia. Photo by Jason Selby
A Wayne squad battling illness started sluggish in the 1st round of the playoffs, but in the end got the big plays they needed to stave off Moravia’s upset bid, 74-69. The game was played at Seymour.
The Falcons led 31-29 at halftime, before Moravia came back late in the 3rd quarter to take a 44-43 lead. Wayne led by as many as 9 points in the 4th quarter, but the Mohawks kept clawing back.
Up by only 3 points with around a minute to play, Wayne’s Bronson Carpenter got a big steal. Instead of pulling the ball back out, Carpenter saw an opportunity and drove to the basket, scoring the hoop and getting fouled for a 3-point play. Feb 23, 2016, 11:01