NEVADA - Consider Andrew May's demons officially exorcised.
It's been a year since the Webster City senior clipped a hurdle and went tumbling to the ground at a Class 3A State Qualifying Meet - a tactical error that cost him a spot in the state track meet and, very likely, a state medal.
Was that on his mind yesterday as he stepped into the blocks for one final shot at qualifying for state in the 110-meter high hurdles, which just happens to be his favorite event? Nope. In fact, he had to be reminded about it afterwards.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City freshman Cal Zahn shows his gold medal form, as he clears 6 feet early in the competition on his way to the top spot in the high jump at yesterday’s Class 3A State Qualifying meet in Nevada. The Lynx automatically qualified 10 events for the state meet.
"I had forgotten about that, actually," May said. "It wasn't even on my mind."
May looked flawless as he floated over the hurdles and he increased his lead throughout to win the gold medal going away in 14.86 seconds at the 3A State Qualifying Meet. It automatically qualified him for the state meet, which will get underway from Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday morning.
Class 3A State Qualifying Meet
At Nevada High School
1. Pella 190; 2. Webster City 129; 3. Iowa Falls-Alden 95; 4. Nevada 65; 5. Ballard 59; 6. Humboldt 58; 7. Clear Lake 54; 8. Bondurant-Farrar 48.
Webster City Results
Shot Put - 1. Nick Erritt 53-5; 6. Boone Myers 44-7.50.
Discus - 4. Myers 147-0; Chris Goodrich 126-7.
Long Jump - 1. Keagan Parks 21-3.50; 7. Trey Griffin 17-4.
High Jump - 1. Cal Zahn 6-3.
3,200 Meters - 5. Andrew Laird 10:53.14; Jason McVicker 11:52.00.
4x800 Relay - 2. Webster City 8:18.00 (Nick Thilges 2:07, Jacob Clabaugh 2:05, Ethan Glenn 2:01, Eric Coleman 2:04).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 2. Webster City 1:00.36 (Dylan Fielder, Lucas Poland, Zach Barrick, Andrew May).
100 Meters - 1. Parks 11.14.
200 Meters - 1. Parks 22.46; Cody Cebula 25.14.
110 High Hurdles - 1. May 14.86; 7. Fielder 17.35.
1,600 Meters - McVicker 5:16.16; Adam McMurray 5:29.88.
400 Meters - Brandon Arkland 56.84; Nelson Ball 59.43.
4x200 Relay - 8. Webster City 1:40.15 (Tanner Hoveland 25.50, Griffin 25.10, Cody Roosa 24.00, Barrick 25.10).
400 Low Hurdles - 1. May 55.21.
1,600 Medley Relay - 3. Webster City 3:44.15 (Nathan Nuehring 23.70, Zahn 24.50, Coleman 54.00, Glenn 2:01.40).
800 Meters - 6. Clabaugh 2:09.36; 8. Arkland 2:11.78.
4x100 Relay - 1. Webster City 43.68 (Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks).
4x400 Relay - 3. Webster City 3:36.89 (Glenn 54.70, Nuehring 53.80, Thilges 53.70, Coleman 54.10).
"I'm so happy to actually make it (to state) in this event because I felt like I had a little something to prove," May said. "I felt like I should have been there last year."
May and his Lynx teammates pushed a whopping 10 events through to state, as they won eight gold medals en route to a second-place finish in the team standings behind Pella. The Dutch piled up 190 points, the Lynx 129.
"We had the dream meet," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "We took 23 boys to the meet (yesterday) and all but six of them qualified for something, so we really rose to the occasion. And it's a credit to the kids because we did this in a strong (state qualifying meet)."
May also won the 400 low hurdles in a school record time of 55.21 seconds, and he anchored the shuttle hurdle relay to a runner-up finish in, yes, another school record time (1:00.36).
"Andrew just had an exceptional meet," Bussan said.
May and classmate Keagan Parks both will compete in four events in Des Moines. They ran the second and fourth legs of the Lynx first-place 4x100 relay (43.68), which just missed the school record. Nathan Nuehring and Cal Zahn took the stick on the first and third legs.
"Event by event, we had season's best performances from the kids," Bussan said. "It was really remarkable."
Parks powered his way to victory in all three of his individual events. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound bruiser took just one sprint down the long jump runway; he splashed into the sand at 21 feet, 3.50 inches, and then he shut it down.
In the 100, Parks fired out of the blocks strong and led the entire way down the track. He leaned across the finish line in 11.14 seconds, several steps in front of rival Brandon Norman of Iowa Falls-Alden. Parks later added the 200 title to his arsenal; he won that in 22.46.
"Keagan again gets a lot of credit," Bussan said. "He was great again."
WCHS completed the field events with three top results. Senior Nick Erritt and freshman Cal Zahn were also winners.
Erritt was the only competitor to top 50 feet in the shot put, and he did that on his first toss. Later he put up the best throw of his career - 53-5.
Zahn missed just once in the high jump before the bar reached 6-2, and by that time he was one of only two individuals in the running.
The bar finally reached 6-3 and the 5-foot-8 rookie used his spring-like legs to successfully clear the height on a tiebreaker attempt.
"It's sort of a relief to get over the hump," Zahn said. "It's been pretty stressful this season, but I'm just happy (to go to state)."
The Lynx will also send their 4x800 to state. The quartet of Nick Thilges, Jacob Clabaugh, Ethan Glenn and Eric Coleman remained in second place behind Pella throughout the 8-lap event, and Coleman held off Bondurant-Farrar on the anchor to get the automatic berth in 8:18.00.