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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Gehlen's Ryan Langel clears a hurdle in the 55 highs Monday at the WEC Indoor in Sioux Center. Langel tied for first in the 55 highs and was first outright in the 200-meter hurdles.
(Sentnel photo by Ty Capron)
While a winter storm was raging outside, area teams were heating up the track at the War Eagle Conference Indoor at Dordt College in Sioux Center Monday.

Gehlen Catholic - competing for the second time in three days - registered a strong showing among the boys teams with four first-place finishes. Senior Brian Kilker won his second consecutive shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 1/2 inch, having captured first at the Buena Vista Indoor over the weekend with a near career-best effort of 48-9 3/4. Gehlen coach Greg Meister is expecting Kilker to continue putting up solid numbers in the throwing events once the Jays open the outdoor season March 31 at the CYO meet in Sioux City.

"He's worked hard the last year in the weight room," said Meister. "He puts the time in, does a lot of extra things like running some sprints or stairs to get the work in. Hopefully he can win most of the meets we go to."

Junior Ryan Langel accounted for Gehlen's final two individual wins and ran a leg on the Jays' first-place 4x400-meter relay team as well. Langel claimed first outright in the 200-meter hurdles (27.31) ahead of teammate Zach Holtgrewe in fourth (28.27) and tied for first in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.82), once again edging Holtgrewe in third (9.04). Langel teamed with Andy Neary, Mitch Kurth and Kyle Crawford to bring home first in the 4x400 as the foursome clocked in with a winning time of 3 minutes, 51.23 seconds.

Langel tried his hand at middle distance and placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:14.97), two seconds ahead of teammate Kyle Crawford in eighth (2:16.97). Crawford - after teaming with Langel in the 4x400 - grabbed second in the 200-meter dash (25.20) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.32), clipping teammate Neary in both races as Neary placed sixth in the 55 dash (7.34) and sixth in the 200 (25.50). Kurth also ran the 200 and crossed the line in 25.76 for seventh place.

Junior Wade Sitzmann was Gehlen's top distance runner for the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (5:17.69) and Jose Aleman complimented Kilker's shot put title with a sixth-place leap of 17-2 in the long jump.

Aleman and Neary teamed with Cody Langel and Robert Swalve for sixth in the 4x200-meter relay as well with a time of 1:46.46.

"We don't have quite as much depth as we like, but there's been guys stepping up and running good times already this year," said Meister, appraising his squad after the first two indoors of the season. "We had a lot of guys show some good versatility."

While Meister and the Jays came into the meet building off of Saturday's experience at BVU, coach Steve Diediker's Hinton boys team made its season debut Monday.

Field events were Hinton's strong suite last season and the trend continued at the WEC as three Blackhawks placed there. Senior Ehi Oamen began the defense of his state high jump title from 2005 with a first-place finish Monday, clearing 6-2. Oamen was also second in the long jump at 18-4 and was part of the Blackhawks' fifth-place 4x400 team.

Cory Westphal followed up Oamen in the long jump with a fifth-place leap of 17-3 1/2 and Eli Kroll was third in the shot put with a heave of 45-9.

Hinton's only first-place finish in the running events came from senior Tregg Fay, who won the 800 in 2:12.65. Fay also teamed with Oamen, Brody McCabe and Travis Van Holland on Hinton's fifth-place 4x400 (3:55.47).

"It was kind of what you expect," said Diediker of the Blackhawks' first meet of the year. "Our kids that were experienced - like Tregg and Ehi - performed well. A lot of our young kids got an opportunity to find out what varsity competition was like, too.

"You go to most varsity meets once the (outdoor) season starts and a lot of kids don't get to compete. Here you get a chance to let a lot of kids compete and it's a good way to start the season. Hopefully now the snow will melt one of these days and we can get back to work."

Hinton will not run again until it opens the outdoor season March 31 at Holstein. Gehlen will be in action Saturday at the Midwest Championships in Vermillion.

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