Every point big for WCHS boys at Boone Classic

BOONE – It always seems cliche when track coaches preach about the importance of each and every point, but that was precisely what was key for the Webster City boys’ team at yesterday’s Boone Classic.

Only 12 points separated second place and last place, and luckily the Lynx were at the high end of that spectrum. They won three events and 11 medals despite the miserable weather conditions, which included temperatures in the mid 40s and sporadic rain showers.

Boone ran away with the team title with 129 points, but WCHS occupied the second slot with 70. Greene County (62), Denison-Schleswig (60) and Woodward-Granger (58) completed the field.

“There’s no better demonstration than how important every point is in those team scores,” Bussan said. “Every guy mattered and every performance mattered.”

The WCHS girls’ team had a rough go in the relays and thus had to rely on individual performances to accumulate the bulk of its 611?2 points – good enough for fourth. Boone (122) also seized the girls’ team title.

“It was an OK night,” WCHS girls’ coach Kristy Manson said. “We definitely weren’t at full force, but we had some good individual performances.”

Tanner Hoveland was a big piece of the Lynx boys’ success. He led off the gold-medal winning shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.57) and later did it all by himself in dusting the 110 high hurdles field in a new personal-best time (15.21).

Hoveland also opened the 4×100 (44.99), which went on to place second.

“Tanner is really rounding into one of the better athletes in the region,” Bussan said. “He’s been doing a tremendous job of growing as a hurdler.”

Cal Zahn took just two jumps in the slippery conditions – that’s all he needed – before he shut it down in the high jump. He won the event by clearing 5-10. He also ran legs on the runner-up 4×100 and 4×200 (1:36.93), and third-place 1,600 medley (3:54.11).

Dylan Fielder in the long jump (18-6.5), Cooper Jaycox in the 100 (11.43) and Trey Nelson in the 1,600 (5:07.45) were all silver medalists. Nelson bettered his previous PR by nine seconds; Jaycox added medals in the 4×100, 4×200 and medley.

The Lynx were also second in the 4×800 (8:59.03). Boone won the event with ease, as standouts Albert Meier and Chandler Austin cruised to 2:02 splits on the last two legs.

Meier won the Drake Relays 3,200 last week in a new Iowa all-time best time of 8:58.46.

Hannah Myers (high jump, 5-0), Kaylee Schnathorst (shot put, 34-9) and Allie Flaws (100, 12.72) were all gold medalists for the Lynx girls’ team.

Flaws later was out-leaned at the finish line and settled for second in the 200 (26.71). Her twin sister Ashley Flaws (1:06.42) and teammate Madeline Keane (1:08.12) secured the second- and third-place spots in the 400.

Carrie Gerdes faced a talented long jump field. Her best leap of 16-0 was her second-best effort of the season, but was only good enough for third.