Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pow Wow Meet Starts a Tradition for Gac

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pow Wow Meet Starts a Tradition for Gac

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A new tradition in track and field began last Friday with the Inaugural Wentzville Pow Wow meet.

The field consisted of Gateway Athletic Conference schools Wentzville, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt South, Francis Howell North, St. Charles West and Troy.

Team scores weren't kept and the top three finishers in each event earned medals.

Francis Howell North enjoyed a productive meet by winning nine events, including all four relays. The Knights are the defending GAC champions.

"It was real windy, but I was pleased with some of our performances," coach Mike Mills said. "The kids are running a little more consistent this year. They have a little more confidence."

Howell North got a strong performance from Nathan Woolen, who won both hurdles events. He won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.2 seconds and 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 41.6.

Tom McFarland won the 200-meter dash in 22.4 seconds despite running into the wind. In the field events, Jason Wood won the discus and Tony Martinez finished first in the high jump.

The quartet of Woolen, McFarland, Karnell Matthews and Aaron Keller finished first in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays. Matthews also anchored the 4x400 relay to a victory. He was joined by Jeremy Greenwell, Brock Alspaugh and Jack Crotchett. The team of Dan Smith, Noah Watts, Steve Hart and Rob Lopez won the 4x800 relay.

Host Wentzville had an excellent meet with six first-place medals. The Indians got a good performance from senior Nick Lostrutter, who won the long and triple jumps. His winning jumps were 21 feet, 4 inches in the long jump and 42-8 in the triple jump.

The Indians enjoyed more success in the field events with Daniel Alexander winning the shot put and Greg Buckheit sharing first place in the high jump with Martinez of Howell North. On the track, Wentzville got victories from David Ray in the 100 and Ryan Black in the 800. …

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