CLARION - With one team member not in uniform and another limited because of injury, the nine-man Northeast Hamilton boys' track team struggled to keep pace here last Thursday at the Cowboy Relays.
The Trojans scored just 36 1/2 points to place sixth among the seven teams in the Class B field. West Fork picked up the team title with 141; West Hancock (118) was second and Northwood-Kensett (102 1/2) placed third.
NEH freshman Andy Pate missed the meet and senior Marcus Mechaelsen competed in just the 100-meter dash. Mechaelsen injured his hamstring while placing sixth in 11.75 seconds.
"It looks like Marcus will be out a week or two and we're not going to rush it," NEH head coach Josh Vanderloop said. "He's maybe going to qualify for the Drake Relays (in the long jump), so there's no reason to rush him back and worry about him injuring it again."
Bryce Kauffman, Stephen Chamness, Nick Jeffers and Tyler Smith teamed up to place second in the 1,600-meter medley relay (3:57.55) - the Trojans' best performance of the meet. The same quartet took third in the 4x100 (48.95).
Kauffman won the Trojans only individual medal; he was third in the 110 high hurdles (15.52).
Thursday at Clarion
Class B Team Standings
1. West Fork 141; 2. West Hancock 118; 3. Northwood-Kensett 102 1/2; 4. Belmond-Klemme 101; 5. Ventura 37; 6. Northeast Hamilton 36 1/2; 7. CAL 8.
Northeast Hamilton Results
Long Jump - 5. Jacob Ratzke 16-10 3/4.
3,200 Meters - 4. Steven Smith 11:24.54.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 4. Northeast Hamilton 1:09.00 (Bryce Kauffman, Nick Jeffers, Tyler Smith, Stephen Chamness).
100 Meters - 6. Marcus Mechaelsen 11.75.
400 Hurdles - 6. Kyler Rapp 59.89.
4x200 Relay - 4. Northeast Hamilton 1:41.11 (Ratzke 27.09, S. Chamness 24.47, T. Smith 24.90, Jeffers 25.06).
110 High Hurdles - 3. Kauffman 15.52.
400 Low Hurdles - 5. Ratzke 1:04.90.
1,600 Medley Relay - 2. Northeast Hamilton 3:57.55 (Kauffman 25.29, S. Chamness 24.59, Jeffers 58.92, T. Smith 2:08.68).
4x100 Relay - 3. Northeast Hamilton 48.95 (Kauffman 13.50, S. Chamness 12.70, Jeffers 12.13, T. Smith 11.46).
NEH will travel to Iowa Falls on Tuesday to compete in the Cadet Relays.