Bulldog track and field teams runner-up at Lakes Conference meet
STORM LAKE — The final Lakes Conference track meet for the Le Mars Community teams resulted in runner-up results for the Bulldog squads Thursday. The Le Mars boys were three points behind champion Spencer in the final team standings. The Lady Bulldogs scored 79 points to tie with Spirit Lake Park as Spencer ran away with the trophy for the eighth straight year with 184 points.
The meet’s racing began with a very competitive sprint medley relay as the top four teams were separated by less than a second. Western Christian won the race in a time of 1:39.08 with second and third coming down to a dead heat between Le Mars and Spencer. The two schools had the exact same time at the hundredths of a second, but the Bulldogs took silver by 0.008 of a second with a time of 1:39.581. Dylan Rasmussen, Tyler Ferguson, Anthony Lamoreux and Brandon Olson combined on the race time.
Ethan Hulinsky took third place in the 3200 meter run with his time of 10:31.42 being nine seconds back of winner Mason McCaffery of Spirit Lake. Landen Parmelee scored the final point in the race with a time of 10:52.65 for the Bulldogs. McCaffery also won the 800 meter race with Parmelee running a second behind for the runner-up finish in a time of 2:04.09.
Le Mars won the shuttle hurdle relay by less than a second over Spencer and Spirit Lake. Carter Arens, Reece Spieler, Eric Spieler and Ben Wadle put together a time of 1:03.18 which was less than a tenth of a second back of the team’s fastest time this season.
Lamoreux earned all-conference honors, which go to first and second place, with a runner-up finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.27 seconds. The time was a season-best for Lamoreux who trailed just the Class 2A season leader, Joe Stein of Spirit Lake, who posted a time of 10.99 seconds. Stein and Lamoreux again went 1-2 in the 200 meter race. Stein’s time of 22.15 seconds is the second-fastest time in 2A this season while Lamoreux ended in 23.10, a season-best once again for the junior.
The distance medley team earned the top spot with a time of 3:45.10 which is a season-best for the team. Combining for the time nearly two and a half seconds in front of runner-up Spencer were Conlen and Landen Parmelee along with the Spielers.
Olson finished with the third best 400 meter dash time as he concluded the loop in 54.08 seconds. Jacob Jensen of Estherville-Lincoln Central won with a time of 51.82 seconds.
The Bulldogs ended seven-tenths of a second behind Spencer in the 4x200 with a time of 1:35.48. Rasmussen, Ferguson, Cody Ott and Brandon Kass ran a time about a second slower than the season best for the team.
Wadle was conference champion in the 110 meter hurdles with a top time of 15.47 seconds being his best of the season. Arens added a fifth place time of 16.88 seconds.
Collin Boehmer was the runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles as he raced to a time of 59.07 seconds, just 16-hundredths of a second behind Spencer’s Conner Tigges.
Le Mars was just 0.03 of a second back of Spencer in the 4x100 with a season-fastest time of 44.53 seconds. Rasmussen, Lamoreux, Ferguson and Cody Ott completed the handoffs in the race. The team added another runner-up finish in the 4x400 as Olson, the Spielers and Landen Parmelee ended in a time of 3:35.54 which was about two seconds faster than their seed time.
In the field events, Brandon VanderSluis came away with the discus win in a tiebreaker. His best toss matched Spirit Lake’s Connor Jensen at 140-09, but he had the better second throw by a foot at 137-02 to claim the top spot.
Kadin Woodard was just five-hundredths back of his best time this season in the 100 meter wheelchair with a finish in 19.74 seconds. He was about a quarter of a second behind his best pace of the year in the 200 as he concluded in 37.50 seconds. He also completed the 400 in 1:22.25 and threw the shot put a distance of 15-06.75.
Le Mars boys coach Al Engebretson was pleased with his team’s performances.
“Our squad competed extremely well,” Engebretson said. “We had several season best performances. It was a fun night of competition.”
Team scores: Spencer 144, Le Mars 141, Spirit Lake 120, Western Christian 65, Estherville-Lincoln Central 54, Storm Lake 53, Cherokee 8
The Le Mars sprint medley team started the night with a runner-up finish behind Western Christian as Haylee Cooper, Shaniah Temple, Katie Cunningham and Chloe Calhoun posted a season-best time of 1:54.30 in the race.
The 4x800 ended less than a second back of an all-conference finish with a time of 10:24.34. The time from Kara Albrecht, Paige Washburn, Sarah Meis and Chloe Calhoun was just shy of Spencer while Western Christian ran time of 9:38.35, the best time in Class 2A this season, to secure the win.
The shuttle hurdle group of Karlee Schiff, Lilly McNaughton, Brooke Alesch and Kady Leusink ran their fastest time of the season at 1:10.7, but still finished two seconds behind the winning Spencer team.
The distance medley team crossed the finish line third out of the six teams with a time of 4:33.14. Cooper, Temple, Carlson and Albrecht were about six and a half seconds behind the winning Western Christian team.
The Bulldogs had two scoring finishers in the 100 meter hurdles, led by Kady Leusink who finished in third place. She posted her fastest time of the season at 16.68 seconds but was still a shade behind a pair of Spencer hurdlers. Karlee Schiff ended in fifth place as she also had her best time of the season at 17.40 seconds. Additionally, Schiff placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:12.25.
Maddie Hurt finished in third place in the 1500 meter run as her time of 5:20.63 was about a second back of Kourtney Delperdang of Spirit Lake Park. Elisa Fisher of Spencer won with a time of 5:11.21. Hurt was fifth in the 3000 meter race earlier in the meet with Delperdang taking the top spot over Fisher for the two all-conference positions.
Le Mars finished off the meet with a runner-up result in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:13.13. The season-best time came from Cunningham, Cooper, Carlson and Calhoun and was five seconds behind the winning time from Western Christian.
In the field events, Lilly McNaughton was runner-up in the long jump with a distance of 15-03.25 which beat the third place jump by an inch. Leah Volkert finished in third place in the shot put with a throw of 34-02.
The Le Mars teams will see what events they can get to state when they compete at the Class 3A state qualifying meet at Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Thursday.
Team scores: Spencer 184, Le Mars 79, Spirit Lake Park 79, Western Christian 77, Storm Lake 70, Cherokee 51, Estherville-Lincoln Central 46.