Hawks’ 4×800 makes a statement against elite competition in Iowa City

Peters, Grove, Berg and Hill push school record, jump into Drake Relays picture

IOWA CITY — To be the best, you have to compete against and beat the best. Four of South Hamilton’s track and field athletes took on that challenge here Saturday afternoon and fared quite well.

Taking part in the Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival hosted by Iowa City West High School, the Hawks’ 4×800-meter relay of Logan Peters, Quinton Grove, Cole Berg and Conner Hill turned in a time of 8 minutes, 10.57 seconds to place third in a field of 13 teams, primarily comprised of Class 4A schools.

Just how good was the quartet’s time? It was a fraction of a second off the school record of 8:10.28, would have been good enough to place third in 2A at last spring’s state meet and it sets the group up to potentially compete in the Drake Relays later this month.

Peters ran a relay-best 1:59 split on the opening leg, Grove and Peters followed with 2:05.4 and 2:04.5 splits, and Hill anchored with a 2:01.3.

Dubuque Hempstead took home the 4×800 title in 8:05.20.

Peters also competed in the 1,600 meters, the event in which he won a 2A state title a season ago. He finished 13th in 4:47.48.

Freddie Lewis joined Berg, Hill and Peters in the 4×400. South Hamilton took 12th in that event in 3:37.78.

The meet, which brought in teams and athletes from all across the state, is the brainchild of West High boys’ track and field head coach Travis Craig, who is a former assistant cross country and track coach at Webster City.