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Bulldogs open outdoor season at Tomahawks

Monday, April 7, 2008

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) Le Mars' Ty Westphal rounds a bend during the 400-meter dash Saturday in Cherokee. Westphal won the race with a career-best time of 51.35 seconds.
On the basketball court, Le Mars' Ty Westphal was a force to be reckoned with all winter. However, now that the basketball season is over, Westphal has traded the hard-court for the track and is still getting positive results. The Northwestern College basketball recruit led the Le Mars boys' track team to a fourth place finish at Cherokee's Tomahawk Relays on Saturday as they scored a team total 76 points. Spirit Lake Park won the track meet accumulating 134 total points.

Westphal shined for the Bulldogs in the 800-meter run as he placed first with a time of 2:04.44. Teammate Cody Engebretson ran to a third place finish in the same event as he crossed the finish line in 2:12.87.

Westphal continued his big day despite the windy conditions as he set a personal record on his way to his first place finish in the 400-meter dash. The senior finished the race with a time of 51.35

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) Le Mars' Tyler Bohlke opens the shuttle hurdle relay for the Bulldogs Saturday at the Tomahawk Relays in Cherokee.
Mitchell Zenk added another first place finish for the Bulldogs with his win in the 400-meter hurdles. Zenk's time of 1:00.15 narrowly edged out Storm Lake's Jeff Keen who finished just .18 seconds behind. Tyler Lancaster contributed to the Bulldog's point total as he finished fourth in the 110-high hurdles.

Le Mars got a big boost from their long distance runners as Gage Sitzmann and Alex Rasmussen added a few top finishes in the meet. In the 3200-meter run, Sitzmann crossed the finish line in 10:41.44 setting a personal record. Rasmussen also set a personal record on Saturday as he ran the 1600-meter run in 4:54.24 to finish third. Sitzmann also ran in the 1600-meter run and finished in fifth place with a 4:56.86 time.

Freshman Paxton Strub set the bar high figuratively and literally as he cleared 6-0 to win the high jump event on Saturday. Strub's jump set a personal record and a Le Mars freshman school record.

Nate Fischer was the Bulldogs' other medalist in a field event as he finished sixth in the long jump. Fischer finished with a jump of 18-2 1/2.

The Bulldogs' 4x800 relay team of Marc Kommes, Rene VanWhye, Rasmussen and Zenk had one of the boys' best team finishes. The foursome combined to run the event in 8:56.99 to earn a fourth place finish.

The Shuttle Hurdle relay team also finished fourth. Tyler Bohlke, Matt Mertes, Strub and Lancaster made up the hurdle relay team that crossed the finish line in 1:07.11.

The Bulldogs also had a couple of fifth-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Seth Shaver and freshman Zach Reed teamed up with Mertes and Bohlke to run the 4x100 in 46.86. Bishop Heelan set a new meet record with a time of 43.90. In the 4x400 relay Mat Ferris joined Kommes, Fischer and Zenk in running the event in 3:47.63 beating sixth place Spencer by .40 seconds.

Le Mars had its 1600-meter medley relay team finish sixth as they ran the race in 4:09.47. Bryce Dahm, Kyle Borchers, Judd Herzberg and Hunter Rhode made up the medley relay team.

Despite the encouraging results, Le Mars' head coach Don Schilling said "the wind was terrible. It was nice and sunny but we're just happy to get a meet in."

The team will hope the sunny conditions continue today as the Bulldogs will host the first annual Don Schilling Invite at Le Mars. The meet will start at 5 p.m.

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