Webster City’s Kaiyu Levongkhom is the first to the hurdles as he heads for the homestretch during the 400-meter hurdles at Monday’s Southeast Valley Invite in Gowrie. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

GOWRIE — The wind, the cold, the competition — none of it seemed to faze Webster City junior JJ Moore Monday night. He simply did his job and the results speak for themselves.

Those results come with a pretty nice prize too.

Moore put together his best performance of the young season in both the shot put and discus at the Southeast Valley Invitational and almost certainly solidified himself as a Drake Relays qualifier in both events.

Not bad for one night’s work.

“The greatest thing is that he’s only a junior,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said with a chuckle. “He’s really buying into what (throws coach Clint) Howard is telling him. He’s worked hard and it’s paying off.”

WCHS freshman Keegan Hisler helps a Carroll Kuemper runner to his feet after both ran the opening leg on the distance medley relay at the Southeast Valley Invite in Gowrie on Monday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Moore won the shot put with a personal-best heave of 54 feet, 5 inches, which puts him third on the state leaderboard. He added discus gold with another PR of 156-8, which is 12th in the state. The top 24 in both events will compete at Drake.

He had plenty of competition too. Madrid’s Mason Lobeck is the state leader in the shot put, but he settled for second in his head-to-head battle with Moore.

Moore’s two gold medals accounted for half of the Lynx wins, but they secured six runner-up finishes and four more third-place results. The depth and balance catapulted WCHS to the top of the Class A standings for its first meet title of the season with 1261⁄2 points. Madrid was a close second with 123.

“It was fun for the kids and they were pretty excited about it because it’s always fun to win,” Hisler, who directed the team to runner-up finishes in their initial two outings, said. “We didn’t win a lot (of events), but we were solid. We’re maybe not unbelievably great at anything besides JJ, but we’re good at everything.”

The Lynx appeared to have the team crown locked up entering the final two events, but their usually reliable 4×100-meter relay was disqualified, which opened the door for Madrid. The Tigers ended with a runner-up showing in the 4×400, but WCHS was on its heels in third to hang on for the team win.

Charlie Stansfield (front) takes the baton from Jack Van Diest for the third leg of the 4x200-meter relay at Monday’s Southeast Valley Invite in Gowrie. The Lynx won the Class A event. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Kaiyu Levongkhom continued to be a consistent scorer for the Lynx, particularly in the hurdles. He won the 110-meter highs in a new career-best time of 15.33 seconds, and followed it up with a second-place effort in the 400 lows (1:03.88). He also ran the fastest leg on the runner-up shuttle hurdle relay (1:08.00).

“Kaiyu had another big night for us,” Hisler said.

The Lynx other win came in the 4×200 relay (1:37.40), as CJ Hisler brought it home down the straightaway with the rest of the field in the rearview mirror. Skyler Scott, Jack Van Diest and Charlie Stansfield got the stick around to Hisler.

Hisler was second in the 200 (23.81), as was Jose Ramirez in the 1,600 (4:56.78). WCHS collected silver in two other relays — the 4×800 (9:14.23) and distance medley (3:58.84).

Riley LaSourd (100, 11.60) and Jacob Willson (800, 2:15.51) were individual bronze medalists.

Josh Griep fires out of the starting blocks during the Class B 4x200-meter relay at Monday’s Southeast Valley Invite in Gowrie. Webster City had teams in both classes. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Lynx JV competes

in Class B

Webster City’s overall team depth was apparent, as the junior varsity squad got the chance to compete in Class B and finished fourth among the eight entrants with 80 points.

The Lynx won four events in the small-school class and collected eight top-three medals in all.

Jaxon Cherry played a key role in two of the victories. He topped the shot put field with a top toss of 41-10, and also anchored the 4×100 (48.63) to gold. Carson Koeppen, Connor Hanson and Brendyn Carlsen joined him on the relay.

Webster City teammates Aiden Feltz (left) and Christopher Martinez battle one another for Class B gold in the 110-meter high hurdles at Monday’s Southeast Valley Invite. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Teammates Christopher Martinez and Aiden Feltz battled one another down the track in the 110 high hurdles and finished first and second. Martinez got the better of the friendly rivalry in 20.03, just ahead of Feltz’s time of 20.25. The duo also helped WCHS win the shuttle hurdle relay (1:17.72).

“It was a whole team effort (in both classes),” Hisler said. “We covered a lot of events and a lot of guys got experience.”

Southeast Valley Invite

Monday at Gowrie


Team Standings

1. Webster City 1261⁄2; 2. Madrid 123; 3. Roland-Story 1031⁄2; 4. Gilbert 67; 5. Pocahontas Area 51; 6. Manson-NW Wester 46; 7. Southeast Valley 40; 8. Carroll Kuemper 32.

Webster City Results

Discus — 1. JJ Moore 156-8; 5. Jaxon Cherry 122-9.

Shot Put — 1. Moore 54-5; 6. Neven Stark 39-83⁄4.

Long Jump — 14. Riley LaSourd 15-11⁄4.

High Jump — 4. Keegan Hisler 5-8; 6. Spencer Callahan 5-4.

100 Meters — 3. LaSourd 11.60; 7. Skyler Scott 11.91.

200 Meters — 2. CJ Hisler 23.81; 8. Connor Hanson 25.89.

400 Meters — 4. Brayden Henely 58.37; 5. Tristen Maxwell 59.15.

800 Meters — 3. Jacob Willson 2:15.51; 10. Jesse Crutcher 2:32.91.

110 High Hurdles — 1. Kaiyu Levongkhom 15.33; 12. Treyton Sinclair 19.48.

1,600 Meters — 2. Jose Ramirez 4:56.78; 9. Cole Reiling 5:28.07.

400 Hurdles — 2. Levongkhom 1:03.88; 6. Sinclair 1:05.57.

4×200 Relay — 1. WCHS 1:37.40 (Scott, Jack Van Diest, Charlie Stansfield, C. Hisler).

4×400 Relay — 3. WCHS 3:46.67 (Scott, Van Diest, Brendyn Carlsen, Stansfield).

4×800 Relay — 2. WCHS 9:14.23 (Willson, Henely, Maxwell, Reiling).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 2. WCHS 1:08.00 (Levongkhom, Hanson, Carson Koeppen, Sinclair).

Sprint Medley Relay — 3. WCHS 1:41.96 (LaSourd, K. Hisler, C. Hisler, Van Diest).

Distance Medley Relay — 2. WCHS 3:58.84 (K. Hisler, Stansfield, Carlsen, Ramirez).


Team Standings

1. West Bend-Mallard 151; 2. Gilbert JV 95; 3. Roland-Story JV 91; 4. Webster City JV 80; 5. Madrid JV 61; 6. GTRA 39; 7. Southeast Valley JV 28; 8. Paton-Churdan 23.

Webster City Results

Shot Put — 1. Cherry 41-10; 6. Eric Lomeli 33-71⁄2.

Discus — 11. Logan Fox 65-1.

Long Jump — 3. Scott 16-6; 4. Antwoine Phabmixay 16-5.

100 Meters — 9. Josh Griep 13.51; 11. Tahsaiya Thongsouk-Thath 13.85.

200 Meters — 10. Kyzer Stanley 28.78; 13. Alex Cruz 31.21.

400 Meters — 10. Ryan Delaney 1:11.82.

110 High Hurdles — 1. Christopher Martinez 20.03; 2. Aiden Feltz 20.25.

400 Hurdles — 5. Martinez 1:12.68; 7. Lincoln Tielke 1:13.48.

4×100 Relay — 1. WCHS 48.63 (Koeppen, Hanson, Carlsen, Cherry).

4×200 Relay — 5. WCHS 1:56.32 (Griep, Thongsouk-Thath, Tielke, Cruz).

4×400 Relay — 3. WCHS 4:07.32 (Henely, Maxwell, Ramirez, Phabmixay).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 1. WCHS 1:17.72 (Feltz, Tielke, Rollins, Martinez).

Sprint Medley Relay — 4. WCHS 1:57.47 (Rollins, Feltz, Sinclair, Griep).

Distance Medley Relay — 2. WCHS 4:34.02 (Staney, Thongsouk-Thath, Phabmixay, Crutcher).


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