KP-WC track dominates both sides of MMCRU Coed Relays
MARCUS -- KP-WC had another strong performance on Monday night, April 3, as they took home the crowns from the Royals' Coed Relays. The boys team ended with 195 points while the girls team finished with a similar 190 points in the team standings.
One of the most impressive feats of the meet came from the KP-WC girls team as they won all of the relay events at the meet. The closest anyone came to knocking off the team was Remsen St. Mary's in the shuttle hurdle relay as the Hawks finished in a time of 1:19.10, just 0.02 behind KP-WC.
"It's been a long time since we won all seven relays," KP-WC girls coach Randy Wiese said. "It was a lot of fun. The kids worked hard. Started out a little cold here, but it finished up okay here."
While the boys team won three relays of their own, they faced stiffer competition from their opponents, especially Akron-Westfield. While KP-WC won the sprint medley, distance medley and 4x400, the Westerners claimed first in the 4x200, shuttle hurdle and 4x100 relays.
Westerner boys coach Kent Johnson said his team is showing improvement over the last meet.
"I felt we are improving on our times as well as our hand-offs," Johnson said. "It never hurts to run on a real track once in a while for hurdles and short relays."
Nick Phelps of KP-WC broke the meet record with a 60-02.00 shot put throw. He had an even more impressive feat in the discus as he broke the 2A all-time Iowa state record with a fling of 191-07.
Besides Phelps, KP-WC teammate Austin Rapp took second in the shot put and fourth in the discus. MMCRU also saw success in the throwing events as Kobey Peterson finished runner-up in the discus and third in the shot put. Jordan Marks was right behind in fourth place in the shot put.
MMCRU Coach Colin Youde said it was a good starting place for his team to build from in their first outdoor meet.
"I'm very proud of our guys," Youde said. "We finished fourth out of six, but as a team I think we scored in all but one event that we were in tonight. Just fantastic effort for our guys. For our first time being outside, a lot of great times for us."
Remsen St. Mary's Carter Kuchel was on fire in the sprints as he won both the 100 and 200 meter races with times of 11.80 and 24.33. His 200 time was nearly two seconds better than runner-up.
"Highlighting our boy results were that of our sprints, especially Carter Kuchel who doubled up in the 100 and 200," RSM Head Coach Scott Willman said. "His times were his personal bests as last season he missed the season after suffering a jumping injury in our second meet."
Akron-Westfield finished right behind Kuchel in those races as Austin Allard took second and Leighton Blake third in the 100 while Michael Finzen was runner-up in the 200.
Payton Kuchel of KP-WC won the 110 hurdles in a time of 16.93 over A-W's Ty DeRocher. The two flip-flopped positions in the 400 hurdle race as DeRocher clocked a 1:01.93 to edge Kuchel by less than a tenth of a second.
In the long jump, Austin Allard won with a distance of 19-01.00 while KP-WC's Coby Fischer took second place.
For the girls, Bri Jensen made it two-for-two in her last pair of long jumps. She followed up her Ridge View Relays performance with a 15-02.75 leap to beat Kiana Appley of A-W by about a foot and a half.
The Westerners did win the other jumping event as Kailee Tucker won the high jump with a 4-10 clearance. RSM's Madde Grover took second just two inches behind Tucker.
"Freshman Madde Grover was a pleasant addition in the high jump," Willman said. "She cleared a personal best height of 4'8" and looked very good in the venue."
Callie Henrich won the shot put with a throw of 37-05.00 and was just over a foot behind Regan Plendl in the discus as she took second. Plendl won with a distance of 122-10.
Host MMCRU took the top two spots in the 200 with Emily Moser and Aspen Woodall finishing back-to-back. Kaitlyn Goth won the 3000 meter race for the Royals while Asiah Jackson was crowned champion in the 400 hurdles.
The middle distance races were dominated by KP-WC. Skylar Hannah and KayLynne Bechen ended back-to-back at the top of the 400. Suzanne Putze and Rylee Wright did likewise in the 800. Bechen clocked the top time in the 1500.
Paige Willman claimed the top spot in a competitive 100 hurdle race that saw KP-WC's Payton Redinius and Madison Wurth take second and third.
Girls: 1) KP-WC 190; 2) Akron-Westfield 113; 3) MMCRU 100; 4) Siouxland Christian 56; 5) Remsen St. Mary's 47; 6) George-Little Rock 39
Boys: 1) KP-WC 195; 2) George-Little Rock 108; 3) Akron-Westfield 106; 4) MMCRU 81; 4) Remsen St. Mary's 63; 6) Siouxland Christian 22.