Your Prep Sports Area Alumni Report: West High Graduate West Finishes Third in Decathlon at NCAA Championships
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The Your Prep Sports Alumni Report is a weekly segment that recognizes the accomplishments of graduates from YPS area schools that are continuing their careers as student athletes at the collegiate level. Alumni News is a way for readers to keep tabs on former area standouts.
Former West High standout and current University of Iowa junior Austin West finished third place in the decathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas last week.
West finished third with a season-best 8,054 points in the two-day decathlon competition.
After entering the final day in fourth place, West had career best performances in the discus (146-2) and javelin (212-9) before clocking a time of 4:39.75 in the 1,500 to secure the bronze medal finish.
West had top-10 finishes in four of the final five events giving him top-10 efforts in eight of 10 events.
He finished ninth in the 110 hurdles, eighth in the discus, seventh in the 1,500 and second in the javelin on the final day of competition after posting top-10 efforts in the 400 (1st), high jump (9th), shot put (8th) and long jump (4th) on day one.
Solon graduate and current Coe College senior Skyler Stookey completed a stellar senior for the Kohawks at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in Marshall, Texas.
Stookey was 5-for-10 with three doubles and three RBI in four games helping Coe to a 2-2 mark at the national tournament.
A first-team all-American Rivers Conference selection, Stookey doubled and drove in a run in wins over Linfield University and Rowan University and was 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two walks in a 9-2 loss to Trine.
Stookey was 2-for-3 in a 4-1 loss to Trine in the final game for the Kohawks.
On the season Stookey batted .338 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI leading Coe to a 39-11 record.
Former Solon standout and current South Dakota State senior Luke Ira earned honorable mention all-Summit League last month.
A senior shortstop, Ira ranked third on the team and second in RBI while helping the Jackrabbits to a 24-28 record this spring.
Ira hit .252 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI this season posting a .533 slugging percentage and scoring 38 runs.
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