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Parks collects silver in long jump, bronze in 60 meters at first meet

March 14, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

AMES - Keagan Parks opened the new track season pretty much the way he ended the last one - in the medals.

The Webster City senior who was a multiple medal winner at last spring's state track meet, placed second in the long jump and third in the 60-meter dash at yesterday's ISU Indoor.

"It was a great way for Keagan to start the season," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "He had the identical time and place in the 60 as he had last year, so he's right back where we want him to be."

Parks put a best jump of 20 feet, 9 3/4 inches on the board in the long jump and he trailed only Southeast Polk's Brock Daniels (21-2 3/4) in a field of 103 competitors. But Bussan says the gold would've easily been his had his steps been better.

"Keagan was literally 14 to 15 inches behind the board on his take off. So he easily had three jumps that were 22 feet plus from where he was taking off, but this was just the fourth time he's ever competed in the long jump," Bussan said.

Parks blazed through the 60 in 7.17 seconds; a total of 213 runners took part.

Webster City also received individual top-10 performances from two more seniors - Nick Erritt in the shot put and Andrew May in the 60 hurdles.

May darted across the barriers and through the finish line in 8.57 seconds to finish sixth out of 119 participants. Erritt's best heave of 47-3 1/4 earned him seventh-place in a pool of 114 throwers.

"Andrew ran really well against a quality field," Bussan said. "The short hurdle race isn't his forte either because it usually takes him a while to get his big body up and going."

Parks and May joined forces with Nathan Nuehring and Cody Roosa to place eighth in the 4x100 relay in 45.45.

Rookie Cal Zahn secured a top-20 result in the high jump in his first varsity meet. He cleared 5-10 to tie for 17th.

The Lynx 4x800 relay of Ethan Glenn, Brandon Arkland, Nick Thilges and Eric Coleman also settled into 17th with a time of 8:50.06. Glenn ran the best split of 2:05.

Bussan will take his entire squad to Storm Lake on Saturday for the Buena Vista University Indoor. Competition will get underway at 10 a.m.



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