POCAHONTAS - The Webster City boys' track team won seven events and picked up top-three finishes on five other occasions, but Algona proved to be deeper and more balanced in a showdown of North Central Conference heavyweights on Friday at the Pocahontas Area Relays.
The Bulldogs piled up 147 points to win the team title handily over the runner-up Lynx, who finished with 121. Spencer was third, just a point behind Webster City.
"We did a number of things well against a quality field, (but) Algona dominated the meet," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "This was the first time we saw them at full strength."
Again, it was the senior trio of Nick Erritt, Keagan Parks and Andrew May that led the Lynx. They accounted for five individual gold medals and a bronze.
Erritt didn't reach 50 feet in the shot put, but his best toss of 49-6 got the job done.
Parks turned in a blazing time of 10.59 seconds in the 100-meter dash to break his own school record en route to the win. He also claimed victory in the 200 (22.22).
Pocahontas Area Relays
Friday at Pocahontas
1. Algona 147; 2. Webster City 121; 3. Spencer 120; 4. Humboldt 61; 5. Clarion-Goldfield 59; 6. Storm Lake 42.
Webster City Results
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 49-6; Boone Myers 42-3 .
Discus - 4. Myers 137-3; Chris Goodrich 124-4.
High Jump - 1. Cal Zahn 5-10.
3,200 Meters - 5. Andrew Laird 10:39.55; Jason McVicker 11:45.00.
4x800 Relay - 1. Webster City 8:40.77 (Ethan Glenn 2:05, Lucas Poland 2:15, Jacob Clabaugh 2:11, Nick Thilges 2:06).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 3. Webster City 1:04.69 (Zach Barrick, Tanner Hoveland, Dyland Fielder, Cody Roosa).
100 Meters - 1. Keagan Parks 10.59, SCHOOL RECORD; 3. Andrew May 11.05.
400 Meters - 4. Eric Coleman 54.25; Brandon Arkland 58.40.
4x200 Relay - 4. Webster City 1:39.17 (Nathan Nuehring, Roosa, Hoveland, Zahn).
110 High Hurdles - 1. May 14.71; Fielder 18.31.
200 Meters - 1. Parks 22.22; 5. Nuehring 24.16.
400 Low Hurdles - 1. May 56.85; Cameron Ausenhus 1:09.00.
1,600 Medley Relay - 2. Webster City 3:50.51 (Hoveland 24.95, Barrick 24.95, Coleman 53.8, Thilges 2:06.00).
800 Meters - Clabaugh 2:10.00; Arkland 2:16.00.
4x100 Relay - 2. Webster City 44.45 (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks).
4x400 Relay 3. Webster City 3:41.65 (Nuehring 54.9, Hoveland 58.3, Thilges 55.0, Coleman 53.4).
May stayed unbeaten in the 110 high hurdles this season with a field-best time of 14.71 seconds, and later he finished ahead of the pack in the 400 low hurdles in 56.85.
May also competed in the 100 for the first time and was third (11.05).
Freshman Cal Zahn won the high jump at 5-10, and then immediately raised the bar to 6-5 in an attempt to break the school record. He nicked the bar on all three tries.
WCHS picked up one relay gold medal from the 4x800 (8:40.77) group of Ethan Glenn, Lucas Poland, Jacob Clabaugh and Nick Thilges. Glenn opened the relay with a quartet-best split of 2:05, and Thilges anchored with a 2:06 to keep the Lynx in charge.
The Lynx 1,600 medley (3:50.51) and 4x100 (44.45) were both second, while the shuttle hurdle (1:04.69) and 4x400 placed third.