WEBSTER CITY - A home meet, sunny skies and uncharacteristically mild temperatures - for this spring anyway - served as the backdrop for the Webster City boys' track team, which put together its best performance of the season on the Bob Buckley Track last night.
With their handful of seniors providing the lead, the rest of the Lynx followed closely behind en route to a fourth-place finish with 79 points at the Lynx Invitational. The host squad was just six points out second, which was shared by Pocahontas Area and Fort Dodge St. Edmond (85).
"It was our best meet of the year. It was a reasonable night to run and the kids took advantage of it," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "The kids are really making progress."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City’s Cody Blair clears the second-to-last hurdle during the anchor leg of the shuttle hurdle relay on the Bob Buckley Track during last night’s Lynx Invitational. WCHS won four events and placed fourth in the final team standings. Iowa Falls-Alden took home the team title.
Northeast Hamilton - a late addition to the meet - was eighth with 16 points.
Utilizing its deep and talented roster of sprinters, Iowa Falls-Alden coasted to the team championship with 123 points. The Cadets claimed a meet-best seven first-place finishes; they cleaned up in the individual races, winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, as well as the 800 and 400 low hurdles.
Brandon Norman, IF-A's talented senior who was second to former WCHS standout Keagan Parks in the 100 and 200 at last spring's state track meet, won both events and anchored the 4x100 last night.
Bob Buckley Track
1. Iowa Falls-Alden 123; 2. (tie) Pocahontas Area and Fort Dodge St. Edmond 85; 4. Webster City 79; 5. Clear Lake 77; 6. Humboldt 57; 7. Eagle Grove 36; 8. Northeast Hamilton 16.
(Winners plus Webster City, NE Hamilton)
100 Meters - 1. Brandon Norman (IF-A) 10.94; 6. Gavin Dinsdale (WC) 12.08; 11. Shane Gilman (WC) 12.51; 13. Gabe Rapp (NEH) 12.65; 14. Gunther Range (NEH) 13.09.
200 Meters - 1. Norman (IF-A) 22.57; 12. Andrew Pate (NEH) 26.14; 13. Nelson Ball (WC) 26.46; 14. Gilman (WC) 26.61; 15. Kyle Pruismann (NEH) 26.76.
400 Meters - 1. Nick Jensen (IF-A) 50.72; 9. Kyle Anderson (WC) 58.63; 14. Range (NEH) 1:04.40.
800 Meters - 1. Justin Borkowski (IF-A) 2:12.13; 2. Jacob Clabaugh (WC) 2:12.97; 6. Brandon Arkland (WC) 2:16.14.
1,600 Meters - 1. Jacob Miller (H) 4:54.91; 4. Arkland 5:04.44; 7. Steven Smith (NEH) 5:10.12; 8. Ryan Heinrichs (WC) 5:14.46.
3,200 Meters - 1. Seth Reel (SE) 10:33.61; 4. S. Smith (NEH) 11:05.06; 5. Adam McMurray (WC) 11:19.64; 6. Kenton Johnston (WC) 11:23.82.
110 High Hurdles - 1. Connor Nosbisch (CL) 15.08; 6. Lucas Poland (WC) 17.11.
400 Hurdles - David Moore III (IF-A) 1:00.01; 6. Tyler Smith (NEH) 1:02.37; 8. Nick Jeffers (NEH) 1:02.81.
4x100 Relay - 1. Iowa Falls-Alden 45.17; 3. Webster City 46.90 (Nathan Nuehring, Cooper Jaycox, Fernando Martinez, Cal Zahn); 8. Northeast Hamilton 52.89 (Tristan Nicholson, Range, Bryce VanLangen, Hunter Dilly).
4x200 Relay - 1. Clear Lake 1:34.70; 2. Webster City 1:35.08 (Nuehring, Tanner Hoveland, Zahn Jaycox).
4x400 Relay - 1. Webster City 3:38.04 (Ethan Glenn, Nuehring, Eric Coleman, Jaycox); 4. Northeast Hamilton 3:48.57 (T. Smith, Rapp, Pate, Jeffers).
4x800 Relay - 1. Webster City 8:25.92 (Glenn, Coleman, Clabaugh, Nick Thilges); 6. Northeast Hamilton 9:19.06 (Jeffers, Rapp, Pruismann, T. Smith).
1,600 Medley Relay - 1. Webster City 3:53.31 (Hoveland, F. Martinez, Coleman, Thilges); 8. Northeast Hamilton 4:16.34 (Rapp, Pate, Pruismann, S. Smith).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1. St. Edmond 1:02.97; 5. Webster City 1:05.65 (Poland, Hoveland, F. Martinez, Cody Blair); 8. Northeast Hamilton 1:19.86 (Nicholson, Pate, VanLangen, Dilly).
High Jump - 1. Zahn (WC) 6-4; 7. Nicholson (NEH) 5-4.
Long Jump - 1. Chandler Diercks (CL) 21-1; 6. Corey Keenan 16-5; 10. T. Smith 15-8; 11. Pruismann 15-8; 14. Gilman 14-6.
Shot Put - Josh Hoover (IF-A) 46-0.25; 3. Andy Olson (NEH) 40-8; 9. Rylee Lawson (WC) 37-8.
Discus - 1. Bryan Larson (H) 136-7; 4. Boone Myers (WC) 124-2; 8. Cameron Gordon 108-02; 14. Olson (NEH) 90-4.25.
But the Lynx were next-best in terms of gold medals with four. Sophomore Cal Zahn used his spring-like legs to win the high jump, and WCHS also captured the top spot in the 4x400, 4x800 and 1,600 medley relays. Eric Coleman was on all three winning relays, while Ethan Glenn and Nick Thilges competed on two.
"We can score where we have our more experienced kids back," Bussan said. "That was definitely Cal's best jumping of the year, and Glenn and Coleman both had great nights."
Zahn and St. Edmond's Hank Lentsch both cleared 6-4 - a height that should be good enough to qualify both for the Drake Relays - and were unsuccessful at 6-5.25. Zahn vaulted to the front on the strength of fewer misses.
Glenn's powerful first leg of the 4x800 put WCHS way out front to stay; Jacob Clabaugh, Coleman and Thilges never gave an inch in pushing the group to a winning time of 8:25.92.
Tanner Hoveland and Fernando Martinez ran the opening two legs, and Coleman and Thilges brought the medley relay crown home in 3:53.31.
Glenn and Coleman were joined by Nathan Nuehring and Cooper Jaycox on the winning 4x400 (3:38.04).
WCHS picked up three more medals; Clabaugh was second in the open 800 (2:12.97), as was the 4x200 (1:38.08). The 4x100 (46.90) took third.
Northeast Hamilton's only medal came courtesy of Andy Olson in the shot put (40-8); he was third.