HUMBOLDT - It wasn't for lack of effort, and there was very little to no poor execution. Simply put, Webster City got beat.
And head coach Tony Bussan is OK with that.
Leading at various times throughout last night's North Central Conference meet, Webster City couldn't keep up with Algona and Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the closing events and the result was a third-place finish for the Lynx.
DFJ photo by Dale Wooten
Webster City senior Keagan Parks lands his gold-medal winning long jump at yesterday’s NCC meet in Humboldt. He also won the 100 and 200.
Algona repeated as conference champion with 136 points, while St. Edmond - the defending Class 2A state champion - was second with 129, just as it was in 2011. WCHS finished with 121.50.
"We ran great and there wasn't any way we were going to do better than we did," Bussan said. "The team gave a tremendous effort; the kids competed up and down the lineup extremely well."
WCHS again rode its talented seniors into contention. Sprinter Keagan Parks and hurdler Andrew May were the headliners, as they combined to win five individual gold medals. Classmate Nick Erritt repeated as the league's shot put champion with a winning toss of 52 feet, 9 inches.
North Central Conference Meet
At Humboldt High School
1. Algona 136; 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 129; 3. Webster City 121.50; 4. Iowa Falls-Alden 89.50; 5. Humboldt 60; 6. Algona Bishop Garrigan 56; 7. Clarion-Goldfield 46; 8. Hampton-Dumont 29; 9. Eagle Grove 19; 10. Clear Lake 16.
Webster City Results
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 52-9; 5. Boone Myers 43-6.50.
Discus - 2. Myers 139-3; 5. Chris Goodrich 128-1.
Long Jump - 1. Keagan Parks 20-10; Trey Griffin 17-2.
High Jump - T-4. Cal Zahn 5-10.
3,200 Meters - 6. Andrew Laird 10:40.47.
4x800 Relay - 4. Webster City 8:42.20 (Ethan Glenn, Brandon Arkland, Eric Coleman, Nick Thilges).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 2. Webster City 1:01.32 (Dylan Fielder, Lucas Poland, Tanner Hoveland, Andrew May).
100 Meters - 1. Parks 10.66.
400 Meters - Coleman 55.90.
4x200 Relay - 6. Webster City 1:37.98 (Nathan Nuehring, Griffin, Cody Roosa, Zahn).
110 High Hurdles - 1. May 14.63 (MEET RECORD); 7. Fielder 16.77.
1,600 Meters - 5. Thilges 4:50.55; Laird 5:04.37.
200 Meters - 1. Parks 21.81; Nuehring 24.11.
400 Low Hurdles - 1. May 56.63.
1,600 Medley Relay - 6. Webster City 3:55.02 (Hoveland, Zach Barrich, Coleman, Jacob Clabaugh).
800 Meters - 4. Ethan Glenn 2:04.14; Arkland 2:14.04.
4x100 Relay - 2. Webster City 43.75 (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks).
4x400 Relay - Webster City 3:47.08 (Nuehring, Thilges, Poland, Coleman).
"Our seniors stepped up as they have all season," Bussan said. "Parks and May had tremendous meets and Erritt was great again as well. To be a conference champion in this league, that's saying something."
May shattered the meet record in the 110-meter high hurdles, blazing his way across the finish line in 14.63 seconds.
Parks opened his night by winning the long jump with ease with a best leap of 20-10 before he shut it down, and later he bested two of the state's other leading sprinters - Brandon Norman of Iowa Falls-Alden and Michael Erpelding of Algona - in both the 100 and 200. The trio holds the three best times in Class 3A in the two events.
Parks took the 100 in 10.66 and the 200 in 21.81.
"Keagan really stepped up to the challenge," Bussan said.
Parks nearly brought WCHS back from the middle of the pack to the gold on the anchor of the 4x100 relay, but Erpelding was able to fend him off to give the Bulldogs the maximum points.
"Keagan did everything he could and he was gaining ground, but he just couldn't get there," Bussan said. "Algona just beat us (in the 4x100)."
Nathan Nuehring, Cal Zahn and May joined Parks on the 4x100.
May was also the champion in the 400 hurdles (56.63), and he ran the anchor leg on the Lynx runner-up shuttle hurdle relay (1:01.32). Dylan Fielder, Lucas Poland and Tanner Hoveland ran the opening three legs.
The Lynx also received a silver medal from junior discus thrower Boone Myers (139-3).