FOREST CITY - Tony Bussan called upon his upperclassmen to lead, both with their words and by example, in the minutes leading up to the outdoor debut for the Webster City boys' track team here on Friday.
Taking his words to heart, the group went out and made Bussan proud.
Seniors Keagan Parks, Andrew May, Andrew Laird and Nick Erritt all collected at least one individual gold medal and the Lynx piled up 13 top-three finishes, set three meet records and one school record at the 13-team Forest City Relays. It all translated into a rout in the team race with Webster City notching 127 points to easily storm by runner-up Iowa Falls-Alden, which finished with 87.
Forest City (72), Osage (40) and Garner-Hayfield (38) rounded out the top five.
"Our seniors and upperclassmen led us all night, and we had a great competitive effort from all of our kids," Bussan, the Lynx head coach, said. "We know there is going to be tougher competition coming when we get with the rest of the North Central Conference schools, but at least it's a positive opening outdoor and we've got things we can build on."
Parks and Iowa Falls-Alden's Brandon Norman ignited what could be a season-long rivalry with two down-to-the-wire races in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Norman nipped Parks in the 100, as both fired through the finish line in under 11 seconds - Norman in 10.85, Parks in 10.91. But Parks returned the favor in the 200, as the WCHS senior floored it and crossed in 21.87, a new school and meet record.
Forest City Relays
Friday at Forest City
1. Webster City 127; 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 87; 3. Forest City 72; 4. Osage 40; 5. Garner-Hayfield 38; 6. (tie) Central Springs and North Iowa 35; 8. (tie) Belmond-Klemme and Lake Mills 32; 10. Clear Lake 21; 11. West Hancock 20; 12. Algona Bishop Garrigan 18; 13. CWL 0.
Webster City Results
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 50-6 1/2; Boone Myers 43-5.
Discus - 2. Myers 136-9.
High Jump - 2. Cal Zahn 6-0.
Long Jump - 6. Cody Roosa 16-11 3/4; Dylan Fielder 16-11 1/2.
3,200 Meters - 1. Andrew Laird 10:42.84.
4x800 Relay - 4. Webster City 9:00.05 (Nick Thilges 2:11.00, Brandon Arkland 2:16.00, Eric Coleman 2:15.00, Jacob Clabaugh 2:16.00).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1. Webster City 1:02.04, MEET RECORD (Lucas Poland 16.4, Andrew May 13.6, Roosa 16.4, Tanner Hoveland 15.5).
100 Meters - 2. Keagan Parks 10.91; Nathan Nuehring 11.76.
400 Meters - Arkland 59.13; Nelson Ball 1:00.82.
4x200 Relay - 2. Webster City 1:38.31 (Nuehring 23.6, Roosa 24.7, Trey Griffin 26.1, Zahn 23.9).
110 High Hurdles - 1. May 14.91; 4. Poland 16.92.
1,600 Meters - 3. Thilges 4:59.00; 5. Laird 5:04.00.
200 Meters - 1. Parks 21.87, MEET AND SCHOOL RECORD; Cody Cebula 25.65.
1,600 Medley Relay - 3. Webster City 3:59.56 (Hoveland 24.5, Shane Gilman 26.3, Coleman 54.9, Poland 2:13.9).
800 Meters - Clabaugh 2:15.23; Arkland 2:18.42.
4x100 Relay - 1. Webster City 44.09, MEET RECORD (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks).
4x400 Relay - 1. Webster City 3:36.53 (May 52.6, Nuehring 55.1, Coleman 55.6, Parks 53.1).
Webster City JV Results
Shot Put - Gilbert Martinez 33-3 1/2; Daniel Turner 30-3.
Discus - 4. Cameron Gordon 88-5; Martinez 80-3.
High Jump - 5. Cameron Ausenhus 5-0.
3,200 Meters - 2. Christopher Turpen 12:06.38.
100 Meters - Kyle Anderson 12.84; Dominic Khaleet 13.05.
400 Meters - 2. Antrez Conley 1:01.72.
110 High Hurdles - 1. Fielder 17.03.
1,600 Meters - 1. Jason McVicker 5:15.00; Adam McMurray 5:37.00.
200 Meters - 5. Tyler Lockwood 25.73; Cody Slater 28.59.
400 Low Hurdles - 5. Ausenhus 1:08.94.
1,600 Medley Relay - 1. Webster City 4:20.59 (Ball 26.3, Khaleet 28.0, Anderson 1:01.6, Conley 2:24.6).
800 Meters - 1. McVicker 2:28.07; McMurray 2:37.00.
4x100 Relay - 2. Webster City 49.12 (Hoveland, Fielder, Gilman, Cebula).
4x400 Relay - 3. Webster City 4:09.38 (Ball 1:00.6, Tyler Phillips 1:02.9, Ty Scheuerman 1:02.3, Cody Grunwald 1:12.4).
"The way Keagan responded is by far the best competitive effort I've seen out of him," Bussan said. "When he got to the 200, I don't think I've ever seen him as focused as he was. He wasn't angry after losing the 100, but he was ready to respond and it was exactly the kind of competitive response you hope for as a coach."
Parks later anchored the Lynx 4x100 and 4x400 relays to gold. The 4x100 - Nathan Nuehring, May and Cal Zahn ran the opening three legs - also established a new meet record of 44.07.
"I thought Nathan Nuehring did a real solid job for us, and he's really turned into a great lead-off runner on that relay," Bussan said. "And then Keagan just put everyone away (on the anchor)."
May, Parks and Nuehring barely took a minute breather before jumping into the 4x400 (3:36.53). May ran the fastest split (52.6) on the lead-off leg, and Parks coasted the final 200 meters with no one pushing him and still ran the second-best split (53.1).
May came within three-hundredths of a second of eclipsing his own school record in the 110 high hurdles. He had no one to push him in an easy win in 14.91 seconds.
"Andrew was really fast," Bussan said. "He was alone and still almost got his record, so that's a good race to start out."
May, Lucas Poland, Cody Roosa and Tanner Hoveland banded together to dominate and set the meet record in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.04).
Erritt opened the meet with a victory in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 50 feet, 6 1/2 inches, and Laird conquered the opening event on the track - the 3,200 (10:42.84).
Fourteen different WCHS competitors captured at least one medal, and eight won multiple medals.
Other silver medals were won by Boone Myers in the discus (136-9), Zahn in the high jump (6-0), and the 4x200 (1:38.31) group of Nuehring, Roosa, Zahn and Trey Griffin.
Nick Thilges was a bronze medalist in the 1,600 (4:59.00).