Pleasant Valley captured an 11th consecutive Mississippi Athletic Conference championship in boys track and field this spring. United Township won its fourth straight Western Big Six crown.

Those two schools comprise more than half of the first team on this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro squad.

PV had seven first-team selections, led by the distance trio of Mark Conway, Anthony Pena and Konnor Sommer along with throwers Cody Snyder and Sam Hanna.

Conway and Sommer were among the top five at the Iowa Class 4A state meet in the 1,600 while Snyder and Hanna were state placewinners in the shot put.

United Township had a half-dozen individuals on the first team, including state triple jump placewinner Jean-Luc Soglohun and Big Six distance king Dalton Martin.

Bettendorf is represented on the top team by 400-meter state champion Darien Porter, 400-hurdle standouts Suni Lane and Demari Nicholson and thrower Cole Webster.

Porter, a sophomore, was instrumental in the Bulldogs' top performances of the season. He anchored Bettendorf to a 1,600 relay title at the Drake Relays along with running a 47.5 split in leading them to a Class 4A state title in the sprint medley relay.

Davenport North sprinters Collin Glazek and Ezekiel Hayslett are on the first team along with Davenport Central state long jump champion Kevin Kurth. Glazek and Hayslett led a pair of top-five relays for North at state. Kurth also was the MAC champion and state medalist in the 100 meters.

Geneseo, fourth at the Illinois Class 2A state meet, leads the all-area squad with six first-team choices. Among them are hurdle phenom Reed Vanderheyden, middle distance ace Nick Swartzendruber and shot put state medalist Sam Thomas.

Northeast has three on the first team, including the high jumping duo of Axel Dondiego and Braeden Hoyer. Central DeWitt is led by four-event state medalist Terry Harris and middle distance standout Will DeHaan.

The top team also features Calamus-Wheatland senior and Iowa signee Cole Moeller, a three-time state champion in the high jump.


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.