Team effort brings big team rewards for Lynx at Umstead

Whitmore, LaSourd power WCHS?to silver at EG?meet

EAGLE GROVE — Chad Hisler knew his team would compete, that was never in doubt. But the Webster City boys’ head track and field coach had to admit that his team’s performance at its first outdoor meet was a bit surprising.

“I think there’s room for us to improve, but I also think they competed a little bit above what I was expecting going in,” Hisler said. “Our kids went out and put it on the line and did a great job.”

Yes they did.

WCHS won three events and collected 15 medal-worthy performances in all on its way to 120 team points and a runner-up finish in Class A at Tuesday’s Umstead Relays. Only meet champion Humboldt (163) was superior, while third-place Algona (79) and the rest of the field lagged well behind.

And it wasn’t like one or two individuals carried the team. Oh sure, Garrett Whitmore and Lincoln LaSourd showed the way with four medals each, and Max Harfst wasn’t far behind with three more, but Hisler said it was a team effort from beginning to end.

“We placed in nearly every event and in the top three in every relay but one,” Hisler said. “We didn’t have a ton of champs, but we double scored in a few events and kids up and down the lineup just competed very well.”

Whitmore shined the brightest with an individual victory in the 400-meter low hurdles (58.70 seconds), just ahead of teammate and silver medalist Kasey Porter (1:02.80), and had a runner-up effort in the 100 (11.75 seconds). Whitmore also ran on the Lynx victorious 4×200 (1:36.31) and third-place 4×100 (46.16) relays.

“Garrett just had a great night,” Hisler said.

LaSourd, Carson Struchen and Trey Mathis joined Whitmore on the sprint relays. LaSourd also snagged bronze in the 200 (23.97).

WCHS claimed gold in the 4×800 (8:39.77), silver from Harfst in the 800 (2:04.50) and Jacob Willson in the 3,200 (11:22.78), and bronze from John Piaszynski in the 1,600 (5:08.00).

Piaszynski, Alex Hooker and Tucker Judkins teamed up with Harfst to race to the line first in the two-mile relay.

Other bronze medals went to J.J. Moore in the shot put (46 feet, 4 inches), Kaiyu Levongkhom in the 110 high hurdles (17.18), as well as three other relays — the shuttle hurdle (1:08.90), 4×400 (3:48.61) and sprint medley (1:40.70).

Umstead Relays

Tuesday at Eagle Grove

Class A Team Standings

1. Humboldt 163; 2. Webster City 120; 3. Algona 79; 4. Forest City 631⁄2; 5. Iowa Falls-Alden 57; 6. Hampton-Dumont 55; 7. CGD 43; 8. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 41⁄2.

Webster City Results

Shot Put — 3. J.J. Moore 46-4; 6. Austin Lampman 43-7.

Discus — Discus — 7. Lampman 114-3; 9. Moore 91-9.

Long Jump — 6. Kaiyu Levongkhom 17-9.

100 Meters — 2. Garrett Whitmore 11.75; 9. Carson Struchen 12.59.

200 Meters — 3. Lincoln LaSourd 23.97; 10. Levongkhom 26.56.

400 Meters — 5. Alex Hooker 56.84; 12. Christopher Martinez 1:06.98.

800 Meters — 2. Max Harfst 2:04.50; 7. Tucker Judkins 2:23.83.

1,600 Meters — 3. John Piaszynski 5:08.00; 5. Jose Ramirez 5:14.70.

3,200 Meters — 2. Jacob Willson 11:22.78; 7. Cole Reiling 12:12.57.

110 High Hurdles — 3. Levongkhom 17.18.

400 Low Hurdles — 1. Whitmore 58.70; 2. Kasey Porter 1:02.80.

4×100 Relay — 3. Webster City 46.16 (Whitmore, Trey Mathis, Struchen, LaSourd).

4×200 Relay — 1. Webster City 1:36.31 (Whitmore, Struchen, Mathis, LaSourd).

4×400 Relay — 3. Webster City 3:48.61 (Harfst, Hooker, Judkins, Parker Rossing).

4×800 Relay — 1. Webster City 8:39.77 (Piaszynski, Hooker, Judkins, Harfst).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 3. Webster City 1:08.90 (Levongkhom, Malachi Montes, Mathis, Porter).

Sprint Medley Relay — 3. Webster City 1:40.70 (Struchen, Mathis, Porter, LaSourd).

Distance Medley Relay — 4. Webster City 4:04.13 (Jack Van Diest, Drew Nielsen, Piaszynski, Rossing).

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