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Lynx sit in second at Warrior Relays

Parks puts up two meet records, May breaks own school record; seniors combine for 7 gold medals

April 11, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

GOWRIE - At this point, the gold medals and records may be blending together for Webster City seniors Keagan Parks and Andrew May.

They seem to win them and set them each and every night they put on the uniform.

They combined to win seven gold medals and one silver, and set two meet records and one school mark last night at the Prairie Valley Warrior Relays, as the Lynx placed second in Class A behind Storm Lake.

The Tornadoes powered their way to 150 points, well ahead of Webster City's runner-up total of 123. Gilbert was third with 95 1/2.

"Storm Lake is a strong team and we knew that, but I thought we competed very well up and down the lineup," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said.

Parks set meet records in the long jump (21 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and 100-meter dash (10.70 seconds), and won both events quite easily. He also coasted to victory in the 200 (22.17) and ran the anchor on the Lynx winning 4x100 relay (45.43).

Fact Box

Prairie Valley Warrior Relays

Tuesday at Gowrie

Class A Team Standings

1. Storm Lake 150; 2. Webster City 123; 3. Gilbert 95 1/2; 4. Roland-Story 74 1/2; 5. Jefferson-Scranton 74; 6. South Central Calhoun 31.

Webster City Results

Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 50-7; Chris Goodrich 33-11.

Discus - 4. Goodrich 113-2.

Long Jump - 1. Keagan Parks 21-7 1/4 (MEET RECORD).

High Jump - 2. Cal Zahn 6-0.

3,200 Meters - 4. Andrew Laird 10:52.90; Christopher Turpen 12:27.00.

110 High Hurdles - 1. Andrew May 14.71 (SCHOOL RECORD).

400 Meters - Antrez Conley 1:01.55; Nelson Ball 1:01.99.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1. Webster City 1:02.76 (Zach Barrick 16.8, May 13.5, Lucas Poland 16.1, Tanner Hoveland 16.2).

4x800 Relay - 2. Webster City 8:57.60 (Nick Thilges 2:10, Brandon Arkland 2:16, Jacob Clabaugh 2:13, Eric Coleman 2:17).

4x200 Relay - 4. Webster City 1:41.90 (Nathan Nuehring 25.1, Barrick 25.0, Cody Cebula 26.9, Hoveland 25.2).

100 Meters - 1. Keagan Parks 10.70 (MEET RECORD); 5. Nuehring 11.70.

200 Meters - 1. Parks 22.17; Tyler Lockwood 26.0.

1,600 Meters - 4. Laird 5:07.67; Jason McVicker 5:28.55.

400 Low Hurdles - 2. May 57.43; Cameron Ausenhus 1:11.00.

800 Meters - 6. Arkland 2:14.30; Clabaugh 2:15.17.

1,600 Medley Relay - 1. Webster City 3:53.06 (Hoveland, Barrick Coleman, Thilges).

4X100 Relay - 1. Webster City 45.43 (Nuehring, May, Barrick, Parks).

Parks needed just two jumps to set the mark during the field events, and Bussan said his standout sprinter didn't need to exude much power on the track.

"We hoped to get away with one jump, but he was well off the board on his first attempt. So I just told him to make his second jump worth it, and he did," Bussan said. "That should give him a pretty decent chance to get to (the Drake Relays), but there are no guarantees.

"Quite honestly, he coasted it in the 200. He didn't completely shut it down, but he took his foot off the gas."

May broke his own school record in the 110 high hurdles for a second time in as many weeks. He clocked in at 14.71, bettering his own mark of 14.78.

May also ran a 13.50 split on the winning shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.76) and joined Parks, Nathan Nuehring and Zach Barrick on the 4x100.

Bussan inserted May in the 400 low hurdles for the first time ever, and the senior didn't disappoint with a runner-up finish (57.43).

"Andrew had another outstanding night," Bussan said. "He was incredibly quick in the shuttle hurdle relay and in the 400 low hurdles ... that fills a void where we haven't been scoring. He took on a tough event and helped us out."

WCHS also picked up a gold medal from senior Nick Erritt in the shot put (50-7), as well as the 1,600 medley relay (3:53.06).

Junior Nick Thilges led off the second-place 4x800 relay (8:57.60) with a strong leg, and anchored the medley to the win.

Cal Zahn was also a silver medalist; the freshman was second in the high jump (6-0) behind Storm Lake star Pel Deng (6-8).

WCHS will travel to Forest City on Friday.



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