Lynx boys show signs of a special group indoors

Webster City sophomore JJ Moore competes in the shot put at the Nielsen Family Boys’ Indoor on Friday in Humboldt. Moore won the event, part of the Lynx haul of nine medals and runner-up finish in the team standings. Photo by Rick Thompson

HUMBOLDT — It’s just one meet, an indoor meet at that, but it didn’t take long for Webster City boys’ track and field coach Chad Hisler to realize that his team could be special here on Friday.

Will the Lynx get a chance to compete again? Now that’s the question that no one can answer, not right now anyway.

With the coronavirus causing cancellations across the country, Hisler doesn’t know when, or even if, his WCHS squad will get the chance to run again. It’s scheduled to begin the outdoor season on April 7, and so for now all he can do is cross his fingers and hope.

“I hope this wasn’t our only chance to run,” Hisler said following Friday’s Nielsen Family Boys’ Indoor. “We have a chance to have a really good team.”

Schools throughout Iowa are slated to return as scheduled following spring break as of Sunday afternoon, and neither the Iowa High School Athletic Association or Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have many any statements regarding the upcoming spring season.

Webster City’s Lincoln LaSourd (second from left) and Garrett Whitmore (far right) compete in the 60-meter dash at Friday’s Nielson Family Boys’ Indoor in Humboldt. Whitmore won the event, LaSourd took second. Photo by Rick Thompson

The indoor meet gave WCHS a chance to showcase its depth and talent, particularly in the individual sprints and relays where the Lynx claimed six of their nine medals.

Senior and former state medalist Garrett Whitmore led the charge with a win in the 60-meter dash (7.42 seconds) ahead of friend, teammate and runner-up Lincoln LaSourd (7.55). CJ Hisler (7.76) and Trey Mathis (7.79) also placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Whitmore, LaSourd and Mathis were joined by Kasey Porter on the winning 4×200 relay (1:40.32). The foursome held off the Lynx second squad in the event led by freshman CJ Hisler, which grabbed silver in 1:44.78. Connor Hanson, Brendyn Carlsen and Skyler Scott also competed.

“We were just solid up and down the lineup,” Chad Hisler said. “Garrett and Lincoln were obviously good, but we had a lot of freshmen step up. It was a strong class in middle school and we were expecting them to do well.”

Whitmore, CJ Hisler, Hanson and LaSourd teamed up to finish second in the 4×400 (3:58.75), and Kaiyu Levongkhom added bronze in the 200 (26.04).

JJ Moore turned in a gold-medal performance in the shot put (43 feet, 11 inches). Kasey Porter was the 60 hurdles runner-up (9.10) and also ran a strong leg on the Lynx third-place 60-meter shuttle hurdle relay (40.32). Levongkhom, Chris Martinez and Jamin Stuhr completed the relay.

WCHS scored 111 points to finish second behind Carlisle (1631⁄2), but Chad Hisler said the team standings were meaningless.

“You don’t really count on there being a team score at an indoor meet,” he said. “We didn’t set it up with that in mind. We didn’t run guys like Garrett or Lincoln in as many events as we could have.”

The Eagle Grove Relays is the next thing on the Lynx schedule and it’s 22 days away. Now all they can do is wait and hope it takes place.

Nielsen Family Boys’ Indoor

Friday at Humboldt

Team Scores

1. Carlisle 1631⁄2; 2. Webster City 111; 3. Humboldt 107; 4. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 571⁄2; 5. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 47; 6. Eagle Grove 41.

Webster City Results

Shot Put — 1. JJ Moore 43-11; 4. Neven Dorthy 38-6; 8. Will Tasler 35-9; 13. Dylan Burnette 31-8.

High Jump — 7. Raymond Nouanpong 4-10; 7. Brendyn Carlsen 4-10.

60 Meters — 1. Garret Whitmore 7.42; 2. Lincoln LaSourd 7.55; 6. CJ Hisler 7.76; 7. Trey Mathis 7.79.

200 Meters — 3. Kaiyu Levongkhom 26.04; 9. Jamin Stuhr 27.84; 13. Aiden Feltz 28.70; 14. Nouanpong 28.94.

400 Meters — 5. Nouanpong 1:01.31; 9. Curtis Heuton 1:04.89; 11. Kaden Vaughn 1:05.81; 13. David Calles 1:07.18.

800 Meters — 9. Bradyn Henely 2:30.55; 10. Tristen Maxwell 2:31.38; 15. Wyatt Bingham 2:57.08; 19. Derek Carr 4:11.82.

1,600 Meters — 4. Jose Ramirez 5:12.84; 5. Jacob Willson 5:15.57.

60 Hurdles — 2. Kasey Porter 9.10; 4. Levongkhom 9.37; 10. Chris Martinez 11.18.

4×200 Relay — 1. Webster City A 1:40.32 (Whitmore, LaSourd, Mathis, Porter); 2. Webster City B 1:44.78 (Hisler, Connor Hanson, Carlsen, Skyler Scott).

4×400 Relay — 2. Webster City A 3:47.73 (Whitmore, Hisler, Hanson, LaSourd); 4. Webster City B 3:58.75 (Porter, Charlie Stansfield, Carlsen, Scott).

4×800 Relay — 4. Webster City 9:32.99 (Ramirez, Willson, Henely, Maxwell).

Distance Medley Relay — 7. Webster City 4:32.00 (Stansfield, Carlsen, Scott, Heuton).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay (60 meters) — 3. Webster City A 40.32 (Levongkhom, Porter, Martinez, Stuhr); 7. Webster City B 44.74 (Hanson, Feltz, Clay Nichols, Treyton Sinclair).


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