SIBLEY, Iowa -- A busy Sibley-Ocheyedan boys track and field team has been setting northwest Iowa on fire this spring, led by its unusually gifted leader, Grant Brouwer.
Brouwer, a senior, made history at the Drake Relays on Thursday. The next day, Sibley-Ocheyedan placed a close second to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the Nighthawk Relays in Hull before turning the tables three days later at its own home meet.
The Nighthawk Relays marked the first time this season that the Generals did not place first in a boys track and field team event. However, the team coached by Peter Carlson bounced back on Monday, hosting and winning the Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational.
On Thursday, Brouwer became the first track and field athlete in Sibley-Ocheyedan history to win a Drake Relays title. He placed first in the high school boys high jump by clearing six feet, nine inches. A year ago as a junior, Brouwer -- an outstanding basketball player who has placed at the state level in previous years both in track and cross country -- cleared 6-7 at Drake and finished in fourth place.
“He’s a great example of what hard work and focus can do. He is very talented. And he’s using it well,” said Carlson.
At the Nighthawk Relays, Brouwer won both the high jump (6-6) and long jump (20-4) for S-O. Trevin Wasmund won the 400-meter hurdles (58.70). The Generals' shuttle relay team of Jack Carlson, Beau Jenness, Caleb Mayer and Wasmund won that event in 1:01.86. And the distance medley relay team of Jenness, Dalton Hatting, Brouwer and Wasmund achieved first in 3:44.61.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley finished first in the boys standings with 150 points, followed by Sibley-Ocheyedan with 146. West Lyon had 101, Hull-Western Christian 78, George-Little Rock 40, Akron-Westfield 35 and Okoboji 25.
On Monday, Brouwer and the Generals won their own Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational with 152 points. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was second with 118, followed by West Lyon with 79, Sheldon 76, Hull-Western Christian 68, Central Lyon 53 and Okoboji 43.
Brouwer won another high jump title, going 6-6, and was second in the long jump with a 20-3 performance. Rylan Marco won the 100-meter dash in 11.69. Carlson won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.71, and three relay teams -- the shuttle, the 4x100 and the 4x200 -- also placed first.
Jenness ran on the shuttle and the 4x200, Marco ran on the 4x100 and 4x200, JonLee Johnson ran on the 4x100 and 4x200, Carlson ran on the shuttle and 4x100, and Dalton Hatting ran on the 4x100 and the 4x200.
“We have 28 guys out for track this year, which is a pretty normal number,” Coach Carlson said. “Twelve of them are seniors, and they are good examples. We have three juniors this year, and they’re all four-event guys. We have some sophomores who are stepping up, and we’ve got some freshmen who are learning.”
On April 23, the Generals scored 205 points at Okoboji’s Pioneer Relays, which might be a school record. Those kinds of performances inspire the Sibley-Ocheyedan boys to be the best they can be.
Explained the coach: “They’re excited to see how it goes, and they’re excited to know that when they go into a meet, they’re going to see some good results.”