Le Mars boys fall just short of Spirit Lake for top spot at Lakes Championship
SPIRIT LAKE — The Le Mars Community boys track and field team fell just 14 points short of a Lakes Conference championship as Spirit Lake came away with the trophy at their home track on a soggy Thursday evening. Le Mars was able to do so even after a key member of the team was missing for most of the meet.
“I was very pleased with the way our team competed tonight up and down the lineup,” Le Mars Head Coach Al Engebretson said. “Despite adverse conditions again, we had several personal bests. With JT (Engebretson) getting injured on his second approach in the long jump our backs were against the wall. Our team responded very well and nearly won the conference championship anyway.”
Engebretson took second in the long jump despite getting just one completed run at it. He hit a distance of 19-06.25 on his first jump before getting injured. Teammate Jake Koons took fifth as he hit the sand at 18-08.50. Spencer’s Walker Coldren had the top jump of 20-01.75.
Dylan Rarrat-Kass won the high jump crown as he reached 5-10 on his second attempt. Tyler Szczech was third as he cleared 5-06 on his first attempt, edging two others who reached the same height but did so on their final attempts.
Cody Franck won the discus for the Bulldogs with a throw of 137-05. His throw was nearly eight feet better than second place.
Wylie Ludwigs finished fifth in the shot put with a best throw of 40-10.25. Brian Egeland of Estherville-Lincoln Central won with a throw of 45-05.50.
Spirit Lake won the sprint medley race with a time of 1:37.28, a time about two seconds faster than runner-up Le Mars as Dylan Rasmussen, Jordan Jensen, Logan Lancaster and Eric Grasz ended in 1:39.05.
The 4x800 team beat Spencer by three seconds as Alec Rieken, Landen Parmelee, Austin Wurth and Andrew Waskow finished in 8:36.35.
The shuttle hurdle team from Le Mars won by 35-hundredths over Spirit Lake. Lancaster, Szczech, Carter Arens and Zach Spieler won in a time of 1:04.24. In the individual 110 hurdles, Arens and Lancaster took second and third. Arens ended in 17.14, a time just 11-hundredths back of winner Joe Waters of Spirit Lake. Lancaster added a 17.69 time.
The Bulldogs had two of the top four in the 100 meter dash as Rasmussen took All-Conference honors with a runner-up finish. He ended in 11.65 while teammate Anthony Lamoreux was fourth in 11.92. Joe Stein of Spirit Lake won in 11.22.
Lamoreux finished in second place in the 200 with a time of 23.86 as Stein added another win with a time of 23.58.
Brandon Olson took third place in the 400 with a time of 54.2 as Spirit Lake had the top two finishes.
The 4x200 race saw Spirit Lake win by 11-hundredths as the Le Mars team of Rasmussen, Lamoreux, Waskow and Grasz ended in 1:36.41.
Parmelee won a close race in the 800 as the top three were within about half a second of each other. Parmelee ended in 2:05.16 with a pair of Spirit Lake runners right behind. Alec Rieken took fourth place with a time of 2:08.81.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 for a pair of All-Conference performances in the 400 hurdles. Spieler won the race in a time of 59.54 seconds while Olson was runner-up in 1:00.87.
Le Mars concluded the night with a pair of relay wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 races.
The 4x100 team of Rasmussen, Lamoreux, Jensen and Lancaster finished in 45.86 seconds. The 4x400 team saw Waskow, Grasz, Ote Albrecht and Austin Wurth finish in 3:37.12. The teams edged Spirit Lake by less than a second in both races.
Kadin Woodard competed in a total of three wheelchair events at the meet. He raced to a time of 22.63 in the 100 meters and 1:33.43 in the 400. He threw the shot put a distance of 10-06.50 in his second of three attempts.
Team scores: Spirit Lake 186, Le Mars 172, Spencer 81.5, Estherville-Lincoln Central 56, Storm Lake 34.5, Western Christian 28, Cherokee 28