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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 21, 2018

Eidahl named Iowa’s best track coach

By Justin Webster | Jun 07, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo The Des Moines Register has named Pekin’s Davis Eidahl, All-Iowa boys’ track and field coach of the year and will honor him at the Wells Fargo Arena June 23.

The Des Moines Register has named Pekin’s Davis Eidahl, “All-Iowa boys’ track and field coach of the year” after the Panthers won the state track meet by 44 points over second-place Mid-Prairie who finished with with just 28.

Eidahl says that, “Through the years Pekin has always had a group of blue collar, hard working athletes. We have the philosophy of work hard, have fun, and never look back. Our program has had much success through the years for this reason.”

He continued, “We have built a reputation of being competitive in our track program. Regardless of the class we are in, teams know that Pekin will compete hard and make a good showing.”

The Panthers finished second at the state track meet in 2017 and then jumped to Class 2A in 2018.

“Teams know that Pekin, regardless of our size, will always be a team with a group of hard working athletes that can compete with the best.”

In regards to his achievement, Eidahl added, “Receiving this award is icing on the cake. I have been blessed by having these types of athletes to work with.”

Did the shifty nature of the points being changed and them being moved to second place at the Southeast Iowa Super Conference track meet motivated them to dominate the way they did?

“With regards to the conference meet when they changed the score the next day, our boys used part of our philosophy of never look back. They said let’s move on to bigger things and show everyone what we have at the state meet. After each meet we never run around celebrating, it’s business as Usual. Each year our kids know that the teams in the state know of our program and the success that we have had and that motivates them to keep up our tradition.”

All of the boys and girls athletes of the year will be honored along with Eidahl at the Register Sports Awards June 23 at Wells Fargo Arena that features celebrity guest Serena Williams.

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