GMG’s Newcomb paces field with three gold medals

BELLE PLAINE – Immediately after stepping off the track, GMG’s Bryce Newcomb threw on several layers of clothes in nearly the same time it took him to claim a 200-meter victory.

Once he was bundled up again, the Wolverine admitted rainy and chilly conditions weren’t his favorite, but he knew his competition was facing the same thing.

Pushing through the adverse weather, the GMG junior brought home a trio of golds in the 200, 400 and long jump in a Class 1A state qualifying meet at Belle Plaine High School Thursday.

“It’s pretty brutal, but I work hard,” Newcomb said of the weather. “Everyone else has to do it so you’ve got to do it better than them.”

Newcomb was better than the field in the 200 meters clocking 24.12 seconds, and surged to another victory in the 400 in 52.92. As for the long jump, the Wolverine admitted the weather might have helped him out a bit.

Newcomb used a bit of a tailwind to finish just an inch shy of his personal best in the long jump with a first-place performance of 22 feet, 10 inches. He needed just two of his allotted six jumps and conserved energy for his 400.

GMG’s Brock Fisher jumped 5-10 in the high jump to earn silver and return to Drake Stadium.

The conditions didn’t deter Zach Pierce’s from rewriting the Gladbrook-Reinbeck record books, though he knows he has better performances ahead.

Pierce heaved the discus 148 feet, 9 inches to claim gold, while also advancing with silver in the shot put (47-08).

“I’ve been working with my throwing coach a lot. I got 150 in practice (Wednesday) but it was warmer,” Pierce said. “When it’s warm you can just sit in your jersey between throws but when it’s cold you have to stay physically active. Hopefully state is a little bit warmer and I can get some good throws down there.”

The Rebels sealed up seven bids overall including Eric Stoakes’ triumph in the 400 hurdles (56.90). Other qualifiers included Wyatt Swanson in the 800 (2nd, 2:07.42) and Tyler Bovy in the 3,200 (5th, 10:34.61) along with the 4×400 and 4×800. The silver 4×400 unit consisted of Parker Bown, Chase Clark, Stoakes and Swanson (3:40.04), the third-place 4×800 featured Clark, Austin Lott, Stoakes and Swanson in 8:42.26.

BCLUW’s Cole Silver had a spare few minutes to catch his breath after the leading off the runner-up 4×800 before winning the 3,200 in convincing fashion to earn his second trip to state. The Comets qualified for seven events overall.

“I kind of treat it as a warmup,” Silver said of the 3,200. “It was a hard pace but I wanted to do was get on track for what time I wanted to run at state. After my coach told me much (of a lead I had), I kind of slowed it down a little bit and just kept my stride.”

Silver stopped the clock in 10:08.19 and also qualified with bronze in the 1,600 (4:47.15). The 4×800 also featured Luke Asche, Taylor Sams and Derek Coulter (8:39.11).

Coulter anchored the Comets to victory in the medley teaming with Lane Caster, Will Garber and Taylor Sams in 3:50.95. Other runner-up qualifiers included Garber in the 110 hurdles (15.23) and Asche in the 400 hurdles (58.19) and the shuttle hurdle quartet of Asche, Conner Ubben, Sams and Garber (1:02.02).

North Tama’s Omar Martinez went the distance to earn three bids in the 800 (3rd, 2:07.68), 1,600 (5th, 4:50.24) and 3,200 (2nd, 10:22.84).

Taylor Hill, Clayton Bryan, Noah Gibbons and Christian Reischauer had a second-place performance in the 4×100 (47.06) that just missed the cut for Drake. The same quartet took third in the 4×200 (1:39.01).

Allis Tahahwah had the Warriors’ top solo outing with a sixth-place finish in the 110 hurdles (18.07).Team scores were not available.