The boy’s state track meet opens a two-day run in Drake Stadium today and some close team races are expected. In 3A, Decorah is considered the favorite. The Vikings have qualified in 13 events.Decorah coach Joel Rollinger says you can’t win the team title by just qualifying in a lot of events.One of the teams that could challenge is Grinnell. The Tigers qualified ten events, the most in the 25-year tenure of coach Paul Wagner.Wagner says they have been anxiously waiting for two weeks and have been practicing lightly. In past years they have had eight and nine qualifiers, this year they have 10. Wagner says have this many qualifiers will be “a lot more fun.” A few years ago the tigers went in as the twenty second seed and finished third. Wagner says the team is doing well right now and he just doesn’t know how things are going to “stack up.” Grinnell’s Jason Wagner is the top 3A seed in the shot put and discus.Williamsburg won the 2A crown two years ago and was the runner-up last year. They compete in 3A this weekend. Coach Gred Stoltz says it has been a “big challenge” moving up to 3A and the kids are “really looking forward to a chance to compete.” Stoltz who says his team is strong in the 200 on up, says this versatility is what makes them a strong team.Action begins at 11 with the 32 hundred meter run.
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