• Keith Hjelle

Charger Boys' Track Team Wins Janvrin Invite! Girls Finish a Solid Third; Boys Sweep Long Distan


Ken Janvrin was the long time, and highly successful, boys' track coach at Panora-Linden and Panorama High School. Janvrin's teams were the perennial favorite to win conference and district meets, and scores of his athletes qualified for the state meet with many winning state meet events. One of his teams won the state meet. So, it is only fitting that Janvrin have a track meet named in his honor. Janvrin still lives in Panora.

Janvrin's son, Kip, was a stalwart competitor in high school and college and eventually specialized in the decathalon. He holds the world record for most decathalon vicotries at forty one and reached the pinnacle of his career in 2000 when he qualified as a member of the United States olympic team for the Sydney, Australia games. He is now the co-head coach of the highly successful women's track team at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg.

So, what's the point of all this about the Janvrins. About ten years ago this writer happened upon a yard sale that Ken Janvrin was having. One of the items for sale was Kip's weight lifting bench from his high school days. So, after paying about $5 for it, I became the proud owner of the weight bench that once belonged to an olympic athlete! Still have the bench, but so far it hasn't seen a lot of use. Maybe this summer!?!

Now, let's get to the important stuff about the Ken Janvrin Invitational. Last night was a great night for the ACGC track teams, as the boys bested six other teams to win the Janvrin Invitational and the girls came in third among eight teams. The boys totaled 133.5 points to take the top spot, while the girls scored 90 points to claim the third place finish.

The Charger boys came up with three individual firsts, as Clay Billheimer won both the 800 and 1500 meter runs and Noah Nelson made it a sweep for ACGC in the distance events when he won the 3200 meter run. Billheimer's times were 2:08.1 and 4:47.31 respectively, while Nelson was clocked in 10:09.47.

Two relay teams also captured the gold for the boys, as the sprint medley team consisting of Austin Wierick, Jacob Fox, Gabe Rowley, and Billheimer ran the event in 1:41.94, establishing a new ACGC record in the event. The distance medley unit of Cayden Jensen, Wierick, Charlie Crawford, and Nelson took first with a time of 3:54.03. Although he did not win the shot put, Quynton Younker placed third and broke his own ACGC record with a distance of 45"2.5"

On the girls side, Kate Crawford turned in outstanding performances in the 1500 and 3000 meter run to claim titles in both. The Charger junior ran the 1500 in 5:07.20 and the 3000 in 11:02.05. In both events she bested one of her chief rivals, Ella Waddle of Panorama. Madison McDermott claimed the other first for the Chargers when she put the shot 37'4".

Both Charger coaches were pretty pleased with their teams' performances. "I am very pleased with how we competed as a team tonight", boys mentor Cody Mattewson said following the meet. "We continue to have a lot of young guys step up, our long and mid distance continues to stay strong with Clay Billheimer and Noah Nelson leading the way, and our field events are starting to come together. Our 4x800 relay team accepted the challenge to show improvement and improved its time by fifth seconds to claim second place. We have a lot that we need to continue working on as the season progresses."

Veteran girls' coach Colin Shawgo seemed equally pleased. "It was a good night for the girls' team. We placed third overall, and were able to get a lot of personal bests all night. This early in the season our focus is going out and doing better than last week and I think we did that tonight. So, I am very happy with our performances overall."

Both Charger teams will travel to Van Meter this Thursday, April 4, for their next meet, with opening events scheduled for 5 PM.

Complete Charger Girls' Results: Complete Charger Boys Results:

Shot put: Madison McDermott, 1st, 37'4" Shot put: Quynton Younker, 3rd, 45'2.5" Madalyn Kelsey, 5th, 33"7.5" Sam Madsen, 4th, 44'1.5"

Discus: Madison McDermott, 3rd, 94'11" Discus: Bryce Littler, 5th, 117'9"

High jump: Cloe Largent, 2nd, 4'10" High jump: Clayton Wardyn, 5th, 5'6" Cayden Jensen, tie 5th, 5'4"

Long jump: Reagan Rumelhart, DNP Long jump: Cayden Jensen, 3rd, 19'2.5"

Charle Crawford, 5th, 19'.75"

100 meters: Savana Fuller, 3rd, 13.54 100 meters: Dylan Soper, 2nd: 11.93

Mia Schreck, DNP, 16.36 Ben Kingery, DNP, 12.73

200 meters: Savana Fuller, 3rd, 28.81 200 meters: Dylan Soper, 4th, 24.74

Reagen Rumelhart, DNP, 31.05 Jacob Fox, DNP, 25.86

400 meters: Kendra Campbell, DNP, 1:18.29 400 meters: Clay Billheimer, 4th, 55.03

Paxton Schneider, DNP, 1:23.06 Kolby Jacobe, 6th, 58.14

800 meters: Sophie Danker, 4th, 2:50.24 800 meter run: Clay Billheimer, 1st, 2:08.01

Kendra Campbell, 3:00,91 Zach Moon, 5th, 2:16.82

1500 meters: Kate Crawford, 1st, 5:07.20 1600 meters: Clay Billheimer, 1st, 4:47.31

Lauryn Embleton, 4th, 5:35.52 Noah Nelson, 2nd, 4:50.49

Rylie Sloss, 5:42.90; Kylie Young, 6:31.96

3000 meters: Kate Crawford, 1st, 11:02.05 3200 meters: Noah Nelson, 1st, 10:09. 47

Lauryn Embleton, 3rd, 12:03.07

Jackie Trujllo-Garcia, 14:09.11, Keely Vasey, 14.37.31

100 hurdles: Jenna Stringer, DNP, 20.53 110 hurdles: No entry

Charlotte Colling, DNP, 21.87

400 hurdles: Audrey Stowe, 3rd, 1:15.86 400 hurdles: Gabe Rowley, 3rd, 1:00.53

Jorja Hoover, 6th, 1:19.40 Kolby Jacobe, DNP, 1:04.63

400 relay: Reagan Rumelhart, Jorja Hoover, 400 relay: Gabe Rowley, Charlie Crawford,

Belle Policky, Savana Fuller, 6th, 56.80 Austin Wierick, Dylan Soper, 3rd, 47.19

800 relay: Savana Fuller,Belle Policky, 800 relay: Austin Wierick, Gabe Rowley,

Audrey Stowe, Reagen Rumelhart, 5th, 2:00.25 Dylan Soper, Charlie Crawford, 2nd, 1:38.17

Lauryn Embleton, Kate Crawford, Rylee Sloss,

Jackie Trujillo-Garcia, 2:08.73

1600 relay: Sophie Danker, Kendra Campbell, 1600 relay: Lucas Marsh, Zach Moon,

Chelsea Larsen, Rylee Sloss, 6th, 4:57.85 Kolby Jacobe, Jacob Fox, 5th, 3:56.29

3200 relay: Jorga Hoover, Audrey Stowe, 3200 relay: Donnie Swanson, Kaden Thompson,

Kendra Campbell, Rylee Sloss, 4th, 11:07.77 Austin Wetzel, Zach Moon, 2nd, 9:28.34

Chelsea larsen, Kennedy Young, Kylie Young,

Kailey Eivens, 12:37.94

800 sprint medley: Jenna Stringer, Charlotte 800 sprint medley: Austin Wierick, Jacob Fox,

Colling, Belly Policky, Sophie Danker, DNP, 2:15.89 Gabe Rowley, Clay Billheimer, 1s6, 1:41.94

Distance medley: Belle Poilicky, Kennedy Young, Distance medley: Cayden Jensen, Austin Wier-

Sophie Danker, Kailey Eivens, 6th, 5:30.00 ick, Charlie Crawford, Noah Nelson, 1st, 3:54.03

Shuttle hurdle: Charlotte Collig, Paxton Schneider, Shuttle Hurdle: Clayton Wardyn, Kolby Jacobe,

Mia Screck, Jenna Stringer, DNP, 1:28.75 Ben Kingery, Cayden Jensen. 4th, 1:17.05

Team Scores Team Scores Panorama 218 ACGC 133.5

Madrid 108 Woodbine 115

ACGC 90 Panorama 101

Greene Co. 68 Greene Co. 99

Ogden 31 Ogden 71.5

W-G 24 W-G 60

Woodbine 23 Glid-Ralston 8

Glid-Ralston 21


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