Local boys secure 10 event wins at War Eagle Conference track meet

Friday, May 6, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Gehlen Catholic’s Keaten Bonderson pulls away from the rest of the field to win the 200 meter dash in a War Eagle Conference record time of 22.14. He also claimed gold in the 100 meter dash, finishing just shy of the conference record in that event.

HINTON — Local boys claimed 10 event wins at the 42nd War Eagle Conference track meet hosted at the Held Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Gehlen wins team title

For the first time in 20 years, the Gehlen Catholic boys have claimed the team title at the conference track meet. The Jays last brought home the title in 2002, the second of back-to-back titles in the conference. The Jays dominated the conference for many years when they won eight straight from 1989 to 1996.

“The boys executed a complete meet,” Gehlen Head Coach Jeremy Schindler said. “We got contributions from everyone in the lineup. It was a complete team effort to lock up our first conference title since 2002. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum over to next week’s state qualifying track meet.”

The team started off the meet with a win in the sprint medley relay as Dylan Lehmann, Chance Kallsen, Aiden Spangler and Keaten Bonderson finished in a time of 1:36.95. They were over two seconds faster than the runner-up time.

A similar group claimed the 4x200 title by nearly two seconds. Mitchell Augustine joined holdovers Lehmann, Spangler and Bonderson for a win in 1:33.37.

Those were the two relay wins for the Jays, although they had a few other top three finishes.

The team finished in third place in the 4x100 with a time of 46.45 from Lehmann, Kallsen, Augustine and Spangler. The winning time was 44.99 from West Sioux.

Gehlen added a bronze in the 4x800 as Trevor Teel, Eric Scheitler, Pablo Sevilla Carro and Zach Harpenau ended in a time of 9:05.36. Unity Christian won that race in 8:39.58.

Bonderson breaks record to lead Gehlen individual events

Bonderson broke the conference record in 200 meter dash as his time of 22.14 was also the fastest by over a second out of 21 runners who finished the race. The mark breaks the 2012 mark from Unity’s Jacob Floen of 22.33.

Bonderson came close to breaking the 100 meter dash record as he had the top time in that event as well. He finished in 11 seconds flat which was just off the conference record pace of 10.89 set by Mike Wiederholt of Remsen St. Mary’s in 2003.

Carver Ruhland had a pair of third place finishes for the Jays. He completed the 1600 in 5:06.32 and the 3200 in 11:08.85.

The team added two more bronze medals in the throwing events. Evan Steeg finished third in the shot put with a distance of 43-feet. Mitchell Augustine took the next spot with a 42-03.50 mark. In the discus, Ryan Livermore finished third with a toss of 130-06.

4x400 win caps off solid night for Hinton

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Hinton’s Beau DeRocher hits the sand in the long jump. He finished second in the event. He also anchored the team’s winning 4x400 relay.

The Hinton boys finished fourth in the team standings with a win in the final event of the night capping off a solid night.

“Awesome way to finish up the meet with an exciting race in the 4x400 to win the gold,” Hinton Head Coach Steve Diediker said.

Caden Winters, Gabe Anderson and Daniel Blackwell all ran splits of around 55 seconds while anchor Beau DeRocher brought the gold to the home team with a 53.1 final 400. The team ended with a time of 3:38.91 to edge out Unity Christian’s time of 3:39.08.

While it was the only event win for the Blackhawks, they still had several other point-scoring finishes. The team was second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 1:39.28 from Blackwell, Carson Peirce, Winters and DeRocher.

The team also took second in the shuttle hurdle relay as Garrett Stahl, Landen Lovrien, Gabe Anderson and Ty Ridgway completed the race in 1:07.43, about a second and a half behind West Sioux.

Ridgway was second as an individual in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing just behind South O’Brien’s Boston Riedemann. Ridgway’s time of 16.53 trailed the Wolverine by .06 of a second.

Garrett Divis finished in second place in the shot put with a heave of 44-02.50.

DeRocher was second in the long jump with a leap of 19-06.50 which tied with Ethan Diehm of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Unity’s Cody Feikema had the winning jump of 20-02.

DeRocher was third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.83, about a second off of the winning time of 51.84 from Kooper Ebel of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.

The team claimed third in the 4x200 with a time for 1:36.15 from Blackwell, Peirce, Winters and Ty Jones which was about three seconds off the winning time.

Distance races lead MMCRU

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, MMCRU’s Kaden Galles makes his way around the track in the 3000 meter run. He won that race in a time of 10:38.58 and added another win in the 1600.

The distance races provided some of the best point accumulating finishes for MMCRU. The Royals had the top two times in the 3200 meter run. Kaden Galles led the field with a time of 10:38.58, exactly 20 seconds faster than his teammate Brayden Dirks who crossed the finish line next with a time of 10:58.58. Galles added another win in the 1600 with a gap of over 10 seconds between him and second place. He finished with a time of 4:54.71.

Jace Colling added a third place finish in the 800 distance with a time of 2:09.93.

The Royals took second place in the 4x800 with a time of 8:44.84 which was about five seconds behind the winning time from Unity Christian. Owen Alesch, Kyler Bork, Colling and Brett Staab were the members of the relay.

The Royals took third in the 4x400 as Colling, Alesch, Kaden Neddermeyer and Brett Staab completed the race in 3:40.29.

Blowe leads A-W; Schorg leads RSM

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Akron-Westfield’s Ian Blowe spins in the circle before launching the discus. He won both the discus and shot put events.

A pair of wins for Ian Blowe in the throwing events accounted for 20 of Akron-Westfield’s 24 points in the meet. He had a top throw of 150-feet to win the discus by just over nine feet.

Blowe won the shot put by nearly five feet with a throw of 49-00.50. Teammate Cael Moffatt added another point in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet.

Jacob Myers hit the sand at 19-feet in the long jump to add a sixth place point. The team’s other points came from a fifth place distance medley finish in a time of 4:04.98 from Patrick Gutierrez, Michael Brown, Guot Marieu and Daynen Mckee.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Brody Schorg has a trail of runners behind him as he makes his way to the finish line to win the 800 meter run for Remsen St. Mary’s.

Remsen St. Mary’s got all of their points from Brody Schorg who won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:07.12. He finished about a second and a half in front of the second place finisher.

Team scores: Gehlen Catholic 102, West Sioux 84, Unity Christian 81, Hinton 74, MMCRU 69, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 59, South O’Brien 51, Akron-Westfield 24, Trinity Christian 18, Harris-Lake Park 16, Remsen St. Mary’s 10.

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