KP-WC sweeps team titles, Gehlen and Hinton earn event wins at Lawton

Friday, April 29, 2022

LAWTON ó It was a pleasant day for a track meet Tuesday and local athletes took advantage of the great weather to put up strong performances at the Eagles Relays hosted by Lawton-Bronson. KP-WC swept the team titles and got several event wins while the Gehlen Catholic and Hinton teams also had some top placing finishes.


KP-WC had the top two times in the 100 meter dash out of 19 competitors. Aubree Bell won by over a second with a time of 12.97 seconds. Teammate Makenna Bowman had the next-best time of 14.04.

Erika Kuntz got the win in the 200 meter dash for KP-WC, edging out Hintonís Ashlyn Kovarna for the win. Kuntz finished the race in 26.42 while Kovarna ended in a time of 26.93 in the field of 17. Kuntz also won the 400 distance race with a time of 59.94 as she won by over two seconds in the 12 runner field.

Hinton claimed the top two times in the 800 distance. Kadence Peters had the winning time of 2:35.59 while Gabbie Friessen was second out of 16 runners with a time of 2:37.01. The Blackhawks added runner-up finishes in the longest two races. Kaci Allen took second out of 15 in 5:33.65 in the 1500, trailing only Lawton-Bronsonís Jolee Mesz who ended in 5:12.39. Ava Lang brought home silver in the 3000 with a time of 12:16.09. Gabby Ryan of Sergeant Bluff-Luton led the nine runner field with a time of 12:07.58.

Hintonís Anna Coffee beat out the rest of the 21 competitors in the 100 meter hurdle field. She finished with a time of 15.91 which was over a second better than the next-best time. KP-WCís Avery Schroeder was third in 17.33 and Gehlenís Sophie Ruden placed fourth in 17.39.

Ruden was the winner of the 400 meter hurdles as she beat out 10 others for the top spot. She finished the race in 1:10.80. Katelyn Archer of KP-WC was third in 1:15.15.

The KP-WC team took first in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, sprint medley and distance medley relays. In the 4x100, Bowman and Bell bookended the group which also included McKenzie Goodwin and Allison Reinking. Those four won by nearly two seconds in the field of 10 with a time of 51.46. Three of the four were also in the 4x200 as the team replaced Bell with Brooklyn Beelner to take the top spot out of 10 teams with a time of 1:50.61.

Bowman, Goodwin, Reinking and Kuntz cruised to a nearly 10 second win in the 4x400 with a time of 4:10.42. Hintonís group of Lang, Friessen, Kadence Peters and Kovarna posted a time of 4:20.30 to edge out Sergeant Bluff-Luton by a quarter of a second for second place.

KP-WC used a slightly different configuration in the sprint medley than their Drake Relays qualifying team, going with Schroeder, Goodwin, Bell and Kuntz with the difference being Schroeder in for Bowman. The group won with a time of 1:52.90, about four seconds in front of runner-up SB-L in the 10 team field.

The teamís other relay win came in the distance medley where Schroeder, Beelner, Reinking and Lillian Ofert ran a time of 4:39.10. Hinton was second of the eight teams in the race as Coffee, Kovarna, Rylee Faith and Kyra Peters completed the 1600 meter race in 4:41.47.

Hinton took the top spot in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:13.59. Carly Hicklin, Madalyn Fox, Hannah Poulsen and Coffee were members of the winning team. KP-WCís group of Archer, Madison Fowler, Avery Turner and Schroeder was second in 1:18.11 while Gehlen placed third of the eight teams with a time of 1:19.21 from Lauren Heying, Cadence Goebel, Emerson Schmidt and Ruden.

In the field events, Coffee claimed first with a height of 5-04 in the high jump to beat out the other six competitors.

Bell won the long jump by over a foot with a distance of 17-03 to take the top spot out of 19 jumpers.

Hintonís Lauren Kounkel won the shot put by exactly four feet over runner-up Miyah Whitehead of Gehlen Catholic with a throw of 38-01. Gehlenís Nevaeh Hodgson was fourth out of 19 with a distance of 30-11.75.

KP-WCís Allie Schweitzberger won the discus with a toss of 118-feet. Teammate Lynsey Countryman was fourth at 103-07. Kounkel took third third at 106-09 and Whitehead was fifth at 100-feet even.

Team scores: KP-WC 152, Hinton 120, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 97, Lawton-Bronson 78, Gehlen Catholic 44, Westwood 36, West Monona 22, MVAOCOU 20, River Valley 15, Siouxland Christian 5.


Gehlenís Keaten Bonderson won the 100 and 200 meter dashes on the day. He had the top time of 25 sprinters in the 100 at 11.48. KP-WCís Braden Coulter took silver at 11.77 and Hintonís Daniel Blackwell snagged bronze at 12.05.

In the 200, Bonderson won by three-tenths of a second with a time of 22.67. There were 24 runners in that event.

In the 800, KP-WCís Tristen Jessen had the winning time of 2:11.42 as he won by about half a second. There were 19 competitors in the field.

KP-WC and Hinton combined for four of the top five in the 110 hurdles. West Mononaís Brad Bellis had the fastest time of 15.68 out of the 16 who completed the race. KP-WCís Grant Schroeder was second in 16.61, Hintonís Ty Ridgway was third in 16.98, KP-WCís Conner Beelner was fourth in 17.09 and Hintonís Garrett Stahl rounded out the top five with a time of 17.44.

Schroeder and Beelner also competed in the 400 meter hurdles where they took second and third behind West Mononaís Micah Farrens who finished in 56.64. Schroeder posted a sub-minute time of 58.58 while Beelner crossed the finish line just after the minute mark at 1:00.23. There were 17 hurdlers in the event.

Those two also helped the team to a win in the shuttle hurdle relay as they were joined by Luke Paulsen and Beau Goodwin for a top time of 1:03.72 as the fastest of eight teams.

KP-WC added a runner-up result in the distance medley as Casey Neumann, Kaleb Bleil, Will DeStigter and Jessen completed the race in 3:51.61, about two seconds behind the winning Westwood team.

Gehlen and KP-WC took the second and third place spots out of 10 teams in the sprint medley. Lawton-Bronson won the race in 1:34.02. The Jays took second in 1:36.49 as Dylan Lehmann, Aiden Spangler, Chance Kallsen and Bonderson were members of the relay. KP-WCís group of Damon Schmid, Kaleb and Carter Bleil and Schroeder finished third in 1:38.11.

KP-WC got another bronze in the 4x800. Jessen, Zach Butler, Wyatt Ofert and Aiden OíMara completed the long distance race in 9:02.78. SB-L had the winning time out of eight teams of 8:44.77.

KP-WC and Gehlen took third and fourth in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Lawton-Bronson won the 4x100 in 43.87 with the KP-WC group of Schmid, Coulter and the Bleils ending third in 44.50. Gehlenís group of Lehmann, Kallsen, Mitchell Augustine and Spangler was fourth in 45.40.

Bishop Heelan and Lawton-Bronson traded places for the top spots in the 4x200 with KP-WC and Gehlen following behind. Heelan had the winning time of 1:31.92. KP-WCís group of Schmid, Carter Bleil, Josh Harvey and Coulter was third in 1:33.89. Lehmann, Spangler, Augustine and Bonderson ran the fourth place time of 1:35.12 for the Jays.

In the field events, Hintonís Landen Lovrien reached 6-foot in the high jump to have the top height out of 13 in the event. KP-WCís Beau Goodwin was one of four individuals to finish at 5-10.

KP-WCís Harvey was an inch behind second place in the long jump at 19-04.50. Gehlenís Connor Kraft was close behind with a 19-03 distance and Hintonís Gianluca Sacchitella rounded out the top five with a jump of 19-01.50. Heelanís Aiden Kuehl won the 20 person event by nearly two feet with a jump of 21-04.50.

KP-WCís Luke Paulsen won the discus with a toss of 148-01, just over two feet better than the next-best throw in the 25 thrower field.

Hintonís Garrett Divis placed second in the shot put at 44-11.50, trailing only Heelanís Keyan Fulton in the 24 thrower field as he won with a distance of 46-06. Gehlenís Augustine was third at 43-00.25, KP-WCís Jacob Schweitzberger was fourth at 41-08.50 and Gehlenís Evan Steeg was fifth at 41-00.75.

Team scores: (Boys) KP-WC 121, West Monona 95, Bishop Heelan 76, Gehlen Catholic 75, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 74, Lawton-Bronson 66, Hinton 49, Westwood 15, Siouxland Christian 10, MVAOCOU 8.

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