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Kuchel king at Sioux City Relays

Monday, April 24, 2006

K-P's Nick Kuchel makes the turn down the backstretch during his school-record 400-meter low hurdles race Saturday. Kuchel won the 400 lows as one of five titles on the day, giving him a two-year total of 10 first-place finishes at the meet.
(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron)
The Sioux City Relays proved once again to be a showcase for Kingsley-Pierson's Nick Kuchel.

The senior standout claimed five gold medals to match his output from a year ago, set a new school record, was named the meet's most valuable performer on the boys' side and assured himself a spot in three events at next weekend's Drake Relays - where he'll try of a third consecutive win in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Kuchel won Saturday's Class 'C' 110 highs in 15.12 seconds, then clocked in at 14.70 to win the Elite 110 highs race later in the day. He did the same in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 11.21 in the Class 'C' race and 11.04 in the Elite 100. Kuchel's final win was in his only new event of the meet - the 400-meter low hurdles. Kuchel ran the event only one time all year prior to Saturday and set a meet record in Holstein. His second attempt at the race this season - and third in his career - yielded a winning time of 54.78, which earned him a spot at Drake and broke K-P's school record (Troy Mercer - 56.27, 1984).

Kuchel's hurdle-mate Brennan Schaeuble managed third-place runs in the 110 highs (16.44) and the 100 (11.82), while Eric Sitzmann placed 10th in the 100 (12.11). Jon Laddusaw was K-P's only other competitor in the running events with a 25th-place clocking in the 3,200-meter run (12:06.28) and Kane Mast landed 22nd in the long jump at 16 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

The Le Mars Community boys put forth their best effort of the season running in a limited capacity, setting 14 personal records and capturing 18 medals.

Junior Jared Clement scored individual gold in the Class B 100 (11.20) and the all-class 200-meter dash (22.23), running personal best times in both. Clement teamed with Mike Ritz, Aaron Albus and Caleb Van Otterloo for a third gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay (3:30.45) and was second with Albus, Dan Bohlken and Ty Westphal in the medley (3:43.82), both season-best clocking for the Bulldogs. Clement added an individual runner-up in the Elite 100 behind Kuchel in 11.18.

Albus had his share of individual success as well, claiming third in the Class B 110 highs (15.84) and the Elite 110 highs with a personal best time of 15.47. He also finished second in the long jump with a season-best leap of 21 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Van Otterloo was ninth in the Class B 110 highs with a personal-best 17.20 and 10th in the 400 lows (58.07).

Le Mars placed a pair in the top 10 of the 800-meter run as Tyler Schleis took seventh (2:06.62) and Cody Engebretson ninth (pr-2:09.84), while Jordan Spencer finished 13th in the 3,200 (10:49.43) and Nick Plueger 21st in the 1,600-meter run (5:04.61).

The Bulldogs' 4x800 team of Schleis, Ritz, Bohlken and Westphal ran a season-best time of 8:22.19 to place third in an all-class race, with the 4x100 team of Tyler Bohlke, Vijay Permaswaran, Chris Campbell and Andrew Meredith taking sixth (47.72) in Class B. Campbell and Permaswaran also teamed with Westphal and Ritz for sixth in the 4x200 (1:38.45) and Bohlke ran eighth in the 100 (12.36).

Erik Tonsfeldt led a pair of Bulldogs in the field events with an eight-place toss in the shot put (48-1), with Allen Oetken finishing 15th in the discus (121).

Gehlen Catholic's boys came away from the meet without a gold medal, but clocked three season-best times. Ryan Langel finished fourth in the Class C 110 highs (16.47) - just ahead of teammate Zach Holtgrewe in fifth (16.62) - and recorded a personal-best time of 57.98 for eighth in the 400 lows.

Cody Langel, Andy Neary, Holtgrewe and Mitch Kurth ran a season-best time of 1:35.23 to place third in the Class C 4x200 and the medley relay team of Cody Langel, Neary, Kyle Crawford and Keaton Freking was fifth in a season-best 3:51.99.

The Jays' 4x100 team of Cody Langel, Neary, Jose Aleman and Crawford was fourth (46.27) and the 4x800 group of Crawford, Freking, Kurth and Ryan Langel placed seventh (8:41.06).

Wade Sitzmann ran the distance races for Gehlen, placing 15th in the 3,200 (11:03.76) and 19th in the 1,600 (5:01.73), while Aleman and Cody Langel competed in the Class C 100 (8th-12.08, 15th-12.37).

Senior Brian Kilker was Gehlen's only participant in the field events, scoring a sixth-place finish in the shot put (49-1/2) and tying for 18th in the discus (119-6).

K-P led a trio of area girls teams Saturday, coming away with a first-place finish and a new school record.

Kayla Kuchel accounted for the Lady Panthers' lone victory at the meet with a first-place time of 16.96 in the Class C 100-meter hurdles. K-P's record-setting performance amounted to only a second-place finish against a strong field as the 4x400 team of Kuchel, Megan Rohde, Briana Hobbs and Dani Bottorff clocked in at 4:19.01 - eclipsing the old record set by Kuchel, Rohde, Bottorff and Amber Hansen in 2005.

Relays where were K-P found most of its success Saturday, finishing second to Gehlen in the distance medley, fifth in the 4x200 and eighth in the 4x100. The 4x200 team of Hobbs, Kuchel, Rohde and Dani Sudbeck was runner-up in 4:38.38. Sudbeck, Hobbs and Rohde joined Deidre Bottorff on the fifth-place 4x200 (1:55.86) and Deidre Bottorff ran with Cayla Koch, Kelsey Krieg and Jessica Washburn on the eight-place 4x100 (57.6).

Washburn led a trio of Lady Panthers in the 100 with a 13th-place finish (14.85), followed by Deidre Bottorff in 16th (15.13) and Koch in 18th (15.58). Ashley Langel finished 24th for K-P in the 3,000-meter run (14:40.82) and Regan Chace was 10th in the 100 hurdles (18.12). Chace also finished tied for 14th in the high jump (4-8), behind teammate Briana Schaeuble in a tie for eighth (5-0).

Gehlen's one win of the meet came in the distance medley as the team of Tricia Mansfield, Jami Sitzmann, Ellen Sitzmann and Ashley Sitzmann ran the fastest time in Class C (4:28.67). Gehlen's 4x200 team of Kayla Hatting, Mansfield, Jami Sitzmann and Ellen Sitzmann was third (1:52.27) and Mansfield placed third individually in the long jump (16-3 1/2).

Melinda Ruden was third in the 100 hurdles (17.09), ninth in the 400 lows (1:12.91) and helped Gehlen's shuttle hurdle team - with Hatting, Megan Sauer and Melissa Ruden - to a fourth-place finish (1:10.32).

Sauer was fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.47) and ran with Hatting, Ellen Sitzmann and Kelsey Sitzmann on Gehlen's fourth-place 4x100 (53.79). Hatting added a seventh-place time in the 100 (13.87).

Gehlen's 4x800 team of Ashley Sitzmann, Ellen Sitzmann, Ashley Rosener and Kristie McDermott was eighth (10:20.45), while Rosener finished eighth in the 1,500-meter run (5:18.36). Teammate Ashley Langel was 24th in the 1,500 (5:49.3), faring better in the 3,000 with an 11th-place finish (12:19.29).

Mansfield's third-place in the long jump led all Gehlen field events, backed up by Kari Dirksen 13th in the discus (95-6), Sarah Germann 14th in the discus (94-5) and Ali Holtgrewe 22nd in the long jump (13-8).

Le Mars Community's best results at the meet were a pair of third-place finishes from defending Class 3A high jump champion Amanda Wollman and the 4x100.

Wollman cleared 5-4 for third in the high jump - ahead of teammate Kaylee Thompson (T-14th, 4-8) - and finished 13th in the Class B 100 hurdles (18.46). The 4x100 team of Chasie Sloan, Kelli Beeck, Rachel Nilles and Alyssa Louison was third in Class B in a season-best time of 53.12. Season-best times in the relays were common on the day for the Lady Bulldogs with four of five groups setting new marks.

Le Mars' 4x400 team of Jaclyn TeBrink, Kendra Collins, Cara Clement and Louison was fourth (4:16.95) and the 4x200 team of Sloan, Clement, Beeck and Nilles was fifth (1:53.5) - both season-best clockings. Chelsey Ringsdorf, Briana Engebretson, Clement and Erica McDougall chopped 20 seconds of Le Mars' previous best time in the 4x800 with a 12th-place run (10:49.97).

The only relay not to reach a new season mark was the distance medley, where Sloan, Nilles, TeBrink and Engebretson combined to place fifth (4:51.65).

Beeck also finished 10th in the 100 (13.96) - ahead of Nilles in 13th (14.05) - and McDougall was 15th in the 400 lows (1:15.46). Rounding out Le Mars' participants in the running events were Sadie Moritz and Megan Meis in the 3,000, with Moritz placing 18th (12:50.96) and Meis 19th (12:51.59).

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