EAGLE GROVE - Keagan Parks and Andrew May are opening the eyes of track enthusiasts all across the state, and they're only two meets into the season.
The Webster City seniors continued their assault on the medal count and the school record book here last night, as they powered the Lynx to a second consecutive meet title at the Umstead Relays.
May captured gold in the 110-meter high hurdles and broke his school record in the process, and also won the 200-meter dash in dominant fashion. Parks had no problem topping the long jump field before he obliterated the 16-year-old school record in the 100. He pulled out of the 200, which is arguably his best event, and instead watched May lead WCHS to the front.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Keagan Parks (center) leaves everyone in his dust as he wins the 100-meter dash in 10.67 seconds, a new school record, at yesterday’s Umstead Relays.
"Andrew and Keagan are two extremely talented seniors who have done high quality work in their athletic careers, so this isn't a surprise," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "They've put in the time in speed development and in the weight room, and they're making the most of their talent."
WCHS won seven events in all and 14 medals en route to 127 points, an easy cushion over runner-up and North Central Conference rival Algona (99) in the race for the Class A crown. But the Bulldogs were without sprinter Michael Erpelding; he and Parks have both turned in 100 and 200 times that rank in the top five in the state.
May had no one pushing him in the high hurdles and still turned in a time of 14.78 seconds, which was better than the 14.88 he clocked a year ago to set the Lynx standard. And he looked like a seasoned veteran in the 200 when he sprinted the final 100 meters alone to win in 22.72 seconds.
Tuesday at Eagle Grove
1. Webster City 127; 2. Algona 99; 3. Clarion-Goldfield 74 1/2; 4. Garner-Hayfield 60; 5. Forest City 53 1/2; 6. Humboldt 52; 7. Hampton-Dumont 48; 8. Clear Lake 44.
Webster City Results
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 50-7; 3. Boone Myers 44-6 1/2.
Discus - 3. Myers 131-9; Cameron Gordon 82-3.
High Jump - 2. Cal Zahn 6-2.
Long Jump - 1. Keagan Parks 20-7 1/2; Cody Roosa 17-0.
3,200 Meters - 3. Andrew Laird 10:41.14; Christopher Turpen 12:24.00.
110 High Hurdles - 1. Andrew May 14.78, SCHOOL RECORD; 6. Dylan Fielder 16.61.
400 Meters - Nelson Ball 1:01.76; Antrez Conley 1:01.87.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 3. Webster City 1:03.21 (Tanner Hoveland 16.9, May 13.6, Roosa 16.4, Fielder 15.9).
4x800 Relay - 1. Webster City 8:52.30 (Ethan Glenn 2:07, Brandon Arkland 2:19, Nick Thilges 2:10, Jacob Clabaugh 2:16).
4x200 Relay - 4. Webster City 1:39.77 (Hoveland 25.58, Roosa 25.29, Nathan Nuehring 24.00, Cody Cebula 24.70).
100 Meters - 1. Parks 10.67, MEET AND SCHOOL RECORD; 3. Nuehring 11.58.
200 Meters - 1. May 22.72.
1,600 Meters - 4. Jacob Clabaugh 5:11.15; Jason McVicker 5:16.50.
400 Low Hurdles - Cameron Ausenhus 1:11.46; Cody Gunwald 1:20.91.
800 Meters - 2. Thilges 2:07.24; Laird 2:17.68.
1,600 Medley Relay - 5. Webster City 4:09.96 (Nuehring 24.0, Tyler Lockwood 25.8, Hoveland 1:00.00, Arkland 2:15).
4x100 Relay - 1. Webster City 43.98 (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks).
4x400 Relay - Webster City 4:10.40 (Ball 1:01.71, Ty Scheuermann 1:02.6, Tyler Phillips 1:02.9, Lockwood 1:02.8).
"Andrew had himself an incredible meet," Bussan said. "We asked him to run four events (last night) and every one of them was extremely high quality. He's just having a fantastic senior season."
Despite taking off two feet behind the board, Parks still launched himself 20 feet, 7 1/2 inches to take the long jump.
In the 100, on the same track in which Kit Thongsouk set the WCHS school record of 10.75 in 1996, Parks forced the competition to choke on his fumes as he blazed across the finish line in 10.67, which was also a meet record.
"Keagan looked very dominant in the 100," Bussan said.
May and Parks joined forces with Nathan Nuehring and Cal Zahn to claim the 4x100 relay easily in 43.98 - an improvement over the 44.09 the foursome turned in at last Friday's Forest City Relays. And they did it with Nuehring getting a late start out of the blocks.
"Nathan was really good again, and it wasn't his fault that he was still on his knee when the gun went off," Bussan said. "He's a junior that's really stepping up and being a leader by example, and that's what you want on (the first leg) of those sprint relays."
Senior Nick Erritt opened the meet with his second straight first-place finish in the shot put. He again went over 50 feet - 50-7, to be exact - and two spots behind him in third was teammate Boone Myers (44-6 1/2). Myers also took the bronze in the discus (131-9).
Freshman Cal Zahn continued to be a force in the high jump with a runner-up finish; he cleared 6-2.
WCHS piled up 40 team points in the field events to seize the lead for good.
Junior Nick Thilges ran the third leg on the Lynx winning 4x800 relay (8:52.30), and later he circled the track twice to win silver in the 800 (2:07.24). Ethan Glenn, Brandon Arkland and Jacob Clabaugh completed the 4x800.
Additional individual bronze medals went to senior Andrew Laird in the 3,200 (10:41.14) and Nuehring in the 100 (11.58).
WCHS will stay busy with another meet scheduled for Thursday in Humboldt.