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Golden Rookie: Zahn tops high jump field, eyes school record

May wins high hurdles, places third in open 400 at BVU Indoor

March 19, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

STORM LAKE - Two meets into his varsity track career, Cal Zahn is already knocking on the door of the Webster City record book.

And it may not be long before he picks the lock.

The freshman high jumper soared past the competition on Saturday at the Buena Vista University Elite Indoor Invitational, and he came within a heel crashing into the bar of breaking the Lynx 22-year-old school record.

Zahn cleared 6 feet, 4 inches with relative ease to secure the gold medal. He took three attempts at 6-5 1/2 - the school record is 6-5 - but came up empty. Still, Lynx head coach Tony Bussan was beaming with what the future holds.

"Cal had an outstanding series in the high jump," Bussan said. "He had three close attempts at the school record."

Leaping over 6-4 will put Zahn in the running for a spot in the Drake Relays in late April. The height was good enough to place fourth in Class 3A at last spring's state meet.

Fact Box

Buena Vista University Elite Indoor Invitational

Saturday, March 17

Webster City Results

Shot Put - 2. Nick Erritt 47-2 1/2; 10. Boone Myers 39-8; Daniel Turner 29-0.

High Jump - 1. Cal Zahn 6-4.

Long Jump - 2. Keagan Parks 20-3; 12. Dylan Fielder 17-11 1/2; 13. Cody Roosa 17-11 1/2.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1. Webster City 39.98 (Andrew May, Fielder, Roosa, Tanner Hoveland).

55 High Hurdles - 1. May 7.91; 8. Roosa 9.43.

400 Meters - 3. May 54.75; 7. Eric Coleman 57.34.

1,600 Medley Relay - 3. Webster City 3:59.94 (Nathan Nuehring 24.08, Hoveland 25.6, Coleman 55.72, Nick Thilges 2:14.25).

4x200 Relay A - 5. Webster City A 1:41.30 (May 23.8, Nuehring 24.4, Hoveland 25.5, Roosa 25.5).

4x200 Relay B - 12. Webster City B 1:46.50 (Trey Griffin 26.68, Tyler Lockwood 26.72, Nelson Ball 26.78, Cody Cebula 26.16).

4x200 Relay C - 21. Webster City 1:53.02 (Ty Schuermann 28.06, Tyler Phillips 28.17, Dominic Kahleet 29.10, Kyle Anderson 27.54).

1,600 Meters - 5. Andrew Laird 5:04.59; 13. Christopher Turpen 5:31.03; 18. Adam McMurray 5:40.09.

800 Meters - 5. Thilges 2:13.10; 14. Jason McVicker 2:26.32; 15. Antrez Conley 2:28.70.

200 Meters - 21. Griffin 26.75; 23. Ball 27.02.

55 Meters - 13. Nuehring 7.16; 32. Cebula 7.57; 35. Griffin 7.63; 52. Cody Sleiter 8.27.

Webster City senior Andrew May also claimed a pair of gold medals, one as an individual in the 55-meter high hurdles and another as the lead-off leg on the Lynx shuttle hurdle relay.

May raced through the finish line in 7.91 seconds to win the high hurdles. He was joined by Dylan Fielder, Cody Roosa and Tanner Hoveland on the winning shuttle hurdle relay (39.98 seconds).

May later picked up a bronze medal in the 400; he toured the track in 54.75.

"Andrew May had a busy day, and the other members of our shuttle hurdle did a fine job," Bussan said.

Senior Keagan Parks was the runner-up in the long jump at 20-3. He took just one jump and then withdrew from the meet because of a sore leg.

Senior Nick Erritt picked put the silver in the shot put with a best toss of 47-2 1/2. Teammate Boone Myers, a junior, was 10th (39-8).

Nathan Nuehring, Tanner Hoveland, Eric Coleman and Nick Thilges banded together to finish third in the 1,600 medley relay (3:59.94). Thilges brought the medal home with a 2:14.25 800 anchor leg.

Webster City will now have nearly two weeks to recuperate from the indoor season and work on correcting any mistakes before its outdoor season begins at the Forest City Invitational on Friday, March 30.



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