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JJ CAN THROW

Moore collects two more wins in shot put, discus at North Polk Invite

WCHS junior JJ Moore heaves the shot a personal-best 55 feet, 7 inches to win the gold medal at Tuesday’s North Polk Invite in Alleman. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

ALLEMAN — JJ Moore’s pre-throw routine consists of a walk to the front of the shot put ring to look at what’s in front of him. And with two taps of his toes on the metal barrier that keeps him in the ring, it’s time to go.

It’s worked out well this season for the Webster City junior, particularly on Tuesday when he again set a personal record and vaulted into the Class 3A top three.

Moore took advantage of a small incline on the field to heave the shot 55 feet, 7 inches on his second of four attempts for an easy victory at the North Polk Invite. It eclipsed his previous best of 54-51⁄2 and propelled him to the No. 3 position in the class behind Kody Huisman of Pella (58-7) and Garret Wagner of Marion (57-51⁄2), the champion and runner-up at the Drake Relays earlier this month.

All four of Moore’s throws pushed past 51 feet.

“JJ’s shot was really good and all of our throwers did well,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said.

Webster City’s Carson Koeppen glides over a hurdle as he passes the grandstand at Tuesday’s North Polk Invite in Alleman. Koeppen ran the third leg on the Lynx runner-up shuttle hurdle relay. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

He’s not wrong.

Moore also won the discus (140-3) despite just two legal throws, and Neven Stark and Jaxon Cherry added medals as well. The trio piled up 34 of the Lynx 94 teams points, as WCHS finished fourth among the eight teams behind North Polk (173), Johnston (151) and West Des Moines Dowling (102).

Moore also ranks fifth (3A) in the discus with a season’s best toss of 157-1.

Stark followed Moore in the shot put with a runner-up performance (46-8), and Cherry claimed third in the discus (124-1).

WCHS throttled it back a bit on the track. With the Boone Classic this evening, followed by the conference and state qualifying meets in the coming weeks, Hisler opted to rest his crew somewhat. The Lynx sat out three events (the 100-meter dash, two-mile and distance medley relay) and had just one entrant in five others (long jump, 400, 800 and mile).

WCHS freshman Keegan Hisler clears the high jump bar during Tuesday’s competition at the North Polk Invite in Alleman. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“We had some good events, but we also have some kids that are banged up,” Hisler said. “Hopefully we can get rested up a little bit.”

Kaiyu Levongkhom took ownership of the 110 high hurdles title in 15.38 seconds, just a blink off his best time of 15.33, which is currently sixth in 3A. He also joined Riley LaSourd, Trey Mathis and CJ Hisler to win the 4×100 relay in a season’s best time of 45.16.

Levongkhom led off the runner-up shuttle hurdle relay (1:05.61), which also included Mathis, Carson Koeppen and Treyton Sinclair.

WCHS finished third in two other relays — the 4×200 (1:37.79) and 4×400 (3:43.15). Jack Van Diest, Skyler Scott and Charlie Stansfield were a part of both relays. Keegan Hisler ran the lead-off leg on the 4×200 and Brendyn Carlsen was the anchor of the 4×400.

North Polk Invite

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Tuesday at Alleman

Team Standings

1. North Polk 173; 2. Johnston 151; 3. West Des Moines Dowling 102; 4. Webster City 94; 5. Carroll Kuemper 22; 6. Ballard 18; 7. East Marshall 15; 8. BCLUW 14.

Webster City Results

Shot Put — 1. JJ Moore 55-7; 2. Neven Stark 46-8.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Discus — 1. Moore 140-4; 3. Jaxon Cherry 124-1.

Long Jump — 5. CJ Hisler 18-61⁄2.

High Jump — 6. Keegan Hisler 5-6; 7. Spencer Callahan 5-2.

100 Meters — 4. CJ Hisler 11.85; 9. Skyler Scott 12.31.

400 Meters — 5. Riley LaSourd 55.32.

800 Meters — 5. Jose Ramirez 2:06.92.

110 High Hurdles — 1. Kaiyu Levongkhom 15.38; 6. Carson Koeppen 17.65.

1,600 Meters — 8. Jacob Willson 4:59.20.

400 Hurdles — 10. Lincoln Tielke 1:10.31; 11. Christopher Martinez 1:11.72.

4×100 Relay — 1. WCHS 45.16 (LaSourd, Trey Mathis, Levongkhom, CJ Hisler).

4×200 Relay — 3. WCHS 1:37.79 (K. Hisler, Scott, Charlie Stansfield, Jack Van Diest).

4×400 Relay — 3. WCHS 3:43.15 (Van Diest, Scott, Stansfield, Brendyn Carlsen).

4×800 Relay — 4. WCHS 9:07.99 (Ramirez, Willson, Brayden Henely, Tristen Maxwell).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 2. WCHS 1:05.61 (Levongkhom, Mathis, Koeppen, Treyton Sinclair).

Sprint Medley Relay — 4. WCHS 1:41.48 (Levongkhom, Scott, LaSourd, Van Diest).

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