WEBSTER CITY - The last Webster City relay to feel the rush of winning a state title was told to step aside last night, as a new batch of sprinters staked their claim to a bit of the glory.
Webster City's 4x100-meter relay - the fast foursome of Nathan Nuehring, Andrew May, Cal Zahn and Keagan Parks - put up an eye-popping clocking of 43.43 seconds to easily win the event at the Lynx Relays on the Bob Buckley Track. The time also broke the school record of 43.55, set at the 2002 state meet when the quartet of Jake Weinzetl, Sean Kliegl, Matt Meyer and Matt Tharp brought home the Class 3A hardware.
"The whole group did a tremendous job in the (4x100)," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "You don't run that time without everybody doing their parts really well."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City’s Keagan Parks (center) and Iowa Falls-Alden’s Brandon Norman (left) go stride for stride during the 100-meter dash at yesterday’s Lynx Relays. Norman took Round 1, but Parks returned the favor by winning the 200. Parks and Norman are the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked sprinters in Class 3A.
It was one of seven first-place finishes for WCHS, which kept the team trophy where Bussan and his athletes think it belongs - at home. The Lynx piled up 135 points to nip Iowa Falls-Alden, which finished with 127.
Defending 2A state champion Fort Dodge St. Edmond was third with 94, and Humboldt finished fourth with 70. The Gaels competed without multiple-time individual state champion Neil Flattery, who would have been the heavy favorite in the 400 and 800 had he competed.
"Our kids battled all night long and they continue to make the effort, and that's what I'm most proud of," Bussan said. "Our really talented kids had great nights again, but it was every kid on the team. It's every kid that scored a point and it's every kid that made an effort."
Tuesday at Bob Buckley Track
1. Webster City 135; 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 127; 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 94; 4. Humboldt 70; 5. Eagle Grove 48; 6. Pocahontas Area 47; 7. Clear Lake 37.
(Top 3 ... Webster City only)
Long Jump - 1. Keagan Parks (WC) 21-7; 2. Scott Hartema (IF-A) 19-6 ; 3. Jake Harle (CL) 18-7.
High Jump - 1. Hank Lentsch (SE) 6-4 ; 2. Cal Zahn (WC) 6-2; 3. David Jensen (IF-A) 6-0.
Discus - 1. Bryan Larson (H) 140-2 ; 2. Jayson Edge (H) 139-7 ; 3. Boone Myers (WC) 135-6; 5. Chris Goodrich 120-11.
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt (WC) 50-2; 2. Mitch Bauer (PA) 45-1; 3. Myers (WC) 45-1.
3,200 Meters - 1. Seth Reel (SE) 10:25.93; 2. Kaleb Kiger (H) 10:27.11; 3. Nick Olthoff (H) 10:37.10; 4. Andrew Laird (WC) 10:52.18; 11. Christopher Turpen 11:57.71.
4x800 Relay - 1. Iowa Falls-Alden 8:42.66; 2. Webster City 8:45.67 (Nick Thilges, Brandon Arkland, Eric Coleman, Jacob Clabaugh); 3. Eagle Grove 8:48.63.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1. Webster City 1:01.99 (Alex Barrick, Andrew May, Lucas Poland, Tanner Hoveland); 2. Pocahontas Area 1:03.89; 3. Clear Lake 1:04.77.
100 Meters - 1. Brandon Norman (IF-A) 10.83; 2. Parks (WC) 10.90; 3. Hartema (IF-A) 11.59.
400 Meters - 1. Nick Jensen (IF-A) 52.63; 2. Jordan Borkowski (IF-A) 54.61; 3. Will Smith (SE) 55.08; 5. Cody Cebula 55.28; 6. Nathan Nuehring 55.43.
4x200 Relay - 1. Iowa Falls-Alden 1:35.16; 2. Eagle Grove 1:36.73; 3. St. Edmond 1:37.32; 5. Webster City 1:40.50 (Hoveland, Cody Roosa, Coleman, Barrick).
110 High Hurdles - 1. May (WC) 14.81, MEET RECORD; 2. Connor Nosbisch (CL) 15.25; 3. Lentsch (SE) 15.61; 12. Poland (WC) 18.75.
1,600 Meters - 1. Nate Kolacia (SE) 4:48.27; 2. S. Reel (SE) 4:51.33; 3. Dan Jarvis (PA) 4:52.95; 6. Laird (WC) 5:07.55; 11. Jason McVicker (WC) 5:21.76.
200 Meters - 1. Parks (WC) 21.93, MEET RECORD: 2. Norman (IF-A) 22.23; 3. Alex Underberg (EG) 23.19; 6. Nuehring (WC) 24.16.
400 Hurdles - 1. May (WC) 56.85; 2. Nathan Cleveland (EG) 58.29; 3. Spencer Peterson (H) 59.74.
1,600 Medley Relay - 1. St. Edmond 3:50.59; 2. Webster City 3:51.61 (Roosa, Barrick, Coleman, Thilges); 3. Iowa Falls-Alden 3:51.62.
800 Meters - 1. David Moore III (IF-A) 2:06.53; 2. S. Reel (SE) 2:10.18; 3. Olthoff (H) 2:11.24; 4. Clabaugh (WC) 2:12.06; 7. Arkland (WC) 2:14.86.
4x100 Relay (Weightman's) - 1. Pocahontas Area 49.75; 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 51.56; 3. Webster City 53.26.
4x100 Relay - 1. Webster City 43.43 (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks); 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 44.07; 3. Pocahontas Area 46.66.
4x400 Relay - 1. Eagle Grove 3:37.17; 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 3:37.83; 3. St. Edmond 3:41.83; 4. Webster City 3:44.39 (Nuehring, Coleman, Thilges, Poland).
WCHS took command of the team race early on by scoring a meet-best 42 points in the field events. The Cadets made it interesting as the sun faded and the stars poked through, but three wins and a runner-up finish in the final six events propelled the Lynx forward.
May and Parks, along with fellow senior Nick Erritt, again provided the road map to team success.
May picked up a pair of individual gold medals in the 110 high hurdles (14.81 seconds) and 400 low hurdles (56.85). His high hurdles time was a meet record, and he also teamed up with Zach Barrick, Lucas Poland and Tanner Hoveland to win the shuttle hurdle relay (1:01.99).
"It feels great to set those standards, and it's also nice to help out your team by getting those 10 team points in those events," May said after he finished up his final prep event on his home track. "I'm a competitive person and those (hurdle) events are the ones I really like."
Parks and Iowa Falls-Alden standout Brandon Norman excited spectators on two occasions, as they battled to a draw in the 100 and 200. They own the first- and second-fastest times in 3A in those events.
Norman drew first blood by an eye lash in the 100, as he won in 10.83 to Parks' 10.90. Parks got the last laugh, as he led the 200 from start to finish and fired by the finish line in a meet-record time of 21.93. Norman was second in 22.23.
Early in the meet, Parks needed just one jump to win the long jump, but he took two anyway. His second leap of 21 feet, 7 inches took the competition by more than two feet.
Erritt was again the top shot put competitor; he had a meet-best toss of 50-2 - more than five feet farther than the silver medalist.
The Lynx garnered other runner-up finishes from freshman Cal Zahn in the high jump (6-2), as well as the 4x800 (8:45.67) and 1,600 medley (3:51.61) relays.
It was the medley where WCHS took command by fending off Iowa Falls-Alden at the wire. Bussan credited junior Nick Thilges with a strong anchor leg as being the difference.
"Nick just did a great job for us at a time when we really needed him," he said.
Zahn and St. Edmond's Hank Lentsch went jump for jump as the last two standing in the high jump. Both cleared 6-2 on their first attempts and then agreed to push the bar up to 6-4 . Zahn struck the bar on all three tries, while Lentsch cleared the height on his third and final attempt.
Junior thrower Boone Myers was third in both the shot put (45-1) and discus (135-6).