Track teams get final tuneup at Jack Foresman Relays

Friday, May 13, 2022
(Photo By Roy Tucker) Above, the 100 meter dash was run by MMCRU’s Natalie Plagman, Gehlen Catholic’s Brynn Wendt, Akron-Westfield’s Ciara Baron, Akron-Westfield’s Jacey Myers and Hinton’s Olivia Petersen. Wendt won in a time of 14.02 and was followed by Baron, Myers, Petersen and Plagman for the top five in the event.

MARCUS — Local track and field teams got a final tuneup before the state qualifying meets at the Jack Foresman Relays hosted by MMCRU on Monday.

Gehlen girls grab title

The Gehlen girls brought home a team title at the meet as their teams swept the night.

“I’m extremely proud of our girls,” Gehlen girls coach Travis Westhoff said. “This was the first meet we’ve won this year and it’s difficult to find many negatives when you go home with a trophy.”

Brynn Wendt won the 100 meter dash for the Jays in a time of 14.02 as a pair of Akron-Westfield runners took the next two spots. Ciara Baron was second in 14.30 and Jacey Myers was third in 14.35.

Gehlen added wins in both hurdle races. Sophie Ruden took the top time in both events, finishing in front of Storm Lake St. Mary’s Danika Demers who was runner-up in each race. Ruden won the 100 hurdles in 17.02 and finished the 400 hurdles in 1:07.17.

Ruden also won the long jump with a distance of 15-10.25.

Gehlen’s Lauren Heying placed second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.37, trailing only Westwood’s Cora Shull who ran a time of 1:02.54.

The Lady Jays scored a 4x800 relay win. Haley Pohlen, Kailey Sitzmann, Emma Bogen and Keira Kallsen finished the race in 12:12.78 as they were well in front of Hinton’s second place time of 12:53.35.

The team finished in second behind Westwood in the sprint medley and 4x100 relays. Wendt and Heying took the first and last legs of the sprint medley while Aurora and Cadence Goebel ran the second and third legs to finish in 2:01.57. Westwood’s winning time was 1:57.93. Swapping out Aurora Goebel for Ruden, the team placed second in the 4x100 with a time of 53.40, just four-tenths of a second behind the Rebels.

“Our 4x800 team finished first last night, the first time all year that has happened,” Westhoff said. “Sophie Ruden had one of her best track meets of the year, setting a new personal best in the long jump, 100 hurdles, and setting a new school record in the 400 hurdles. Brynn Wendt had one of her better nights sprinting in the open 100 and coming out of the blocks in the sprint med and 4x100, and we got personal bests in the discus from both Miyah Whitehead and Nevaeh Hodgson. These are all things we will look to build on to finish right in Lawton.”

Hinton girls win three field events and relays

The Hinton girls got three wins in the field events and three more in the relay events.

Lauren Kounkel was a double winner in the throws. She won the discus at 121-11 and the shot put at 38-04. Gehlen’s Miyah Whitehead was runner-up in both events with a 114-06 discus toss and 33-07 shot put mark.

The other field event win came for Anna Coffee in the high jump as she finished with a top height of 5-02.

Coffee was a member of two of the team’s winning relays. She led off the 4x200 and was joined by Ashlyn Kovarna, Carly Hicklin and Ava Lang. They won by over four seconds with a time of 1:53.69.

Coffee then anchored the shuttle hurdle relay which won with a time of 1:13.82 as the next-best time in the event was after the 1:21 mark. Hicklin, Madalyn Fox and Hannah Poulsen were the other members of that relay.

The Blackhawks capped off the night with a win in the 4x400. Rylee Faith, Gabbie Friessen, Kadence Peters and Kyra Peters completed the race in 4:30.57 as they won by about 22 seconds.

MMCRU girls place third at home

The host Royals finished third at the meet. Audrey Etter had two of the team’s event wins as she claimed the 1500 and 3000 meter distances. She won the 1500 in a time of 5:53.56 as Gehlen’s Kailey Sitzmann and Addison Arens came in next shortly after the six-minute mark.

Etter clocked a time of 13:06.47 in the 3000 to win that race by about 22 seconds over Gehlen’s Arens.

The Royals took the top time in the distance medley as they finished in 4:56.06. Arianna Chiechio, Caitlin Wetter, Emily Dreckman and Hannah Neddermeyer made up the four runners of the race as they finished 12 seconds faster than runner-up Hinton.

Dreckman finished second in both jumping events as she reached 4-10 in the high jump and 15-07.75 in the long jump.

Saathoff gets lone event win for A-W girls

The Westerners finished fourth out of the eight teams despite getting just one event win as they had several second and third place finishes to supplement their one win. Lauryn Saathoff was the winner of the 200 as she finished with a time of 27.71 which was over half a second faster than the next-best time.

The Westerners took second and third in the 100 meter dash behind Gehlen’s Wendt. Ciara Baron ended in 14.30 while Jacey Myers was 5-hundredths off that pace. Emma Rolfes added bronze in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:10.97.

The team also got third in the two jumping events. Saathoff was third in the high jump at 4-08 and Josie Jacobs was third in the long jump at 14-05.50.

The team’s top relay finishes were third place times in the shuttle hurdle and 4x100.

Team scores: (Girls) Gehlen Catholic 139, Hinton 108, MMCRU 78, Akron-Westfield 68, Westwood 65, River Valley 46, Storm Lake St. Mary’s 46, West Sioux 26.

Gehlen boys get team title

The Gehlen Catholic boys had a successful night with several event wins which led to a team title.

Keaten Bonderson was a double winner in the sprint races with the top times in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. His time of 11.42 was half a second faster than the next-best finish in the field. He was 81-hundredths of a second faster than the next-best time in the 200 meters with a time of 23.51.

Gehlen took the top two times in the 800. Trevor Teel finished with a time of 2:14.06 and Zac Harpenau claimed second in 2:15.72. The Jays also had the top two times in the 3200. Carver Ruhland won with a time of 11:20.31 as he was about a minute in front of teammate Brian Schmit who ended with the next-best time of 12:19.39.

The Jays added some relay titles to their event wins. The 4x100 team of Dylan Lehmann, Chance Kallsen, Mitchell Augustine and Aiden Spangler had the winning time of 46.13, over two seconds faster than runner-up MMCRU.

The 4x200 team included Lehmann, Spangler, Augustine and Bonderson as they finished in a time of 1:35.22, not quite a second faster than runner-up Hinton.

The team’s other relay win was in the sprint medley. Lehmann, Kallsen, Spangler and Bonderson were over three seconds faster than second place Hinton with a time of 1:39.51.

Hinton boys score a few event wins

The Blackhawks won a few events at the meet including a pair of individual titles for Beau DeRocher. The first came in the long jump where he hit a personal best 21-05.50 to edge out West Sioux’s Carter Bultman by two inches. The distance was four and a half inches shy of the track record.

DeRocher won the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.32 as he edged out Gehlen’s Kallsen by .09 of a second.

The Blackhawks earned the relay win in the shuttle hurdle. Garrett Stahl, Landen Lovrien, Gabe Anderson and Ty Ridgway finished in 1:07.11 as they were over a second faster than the next-best time.

(Photo By Roy Tucker) Above, Hinton’s Landen Lovrien clears the bar in the high jump as he won with a height of 5-10. Lovrien was also a member of the winning shuttle hurdle relay team for the Blackhawks.

Hinton’s other win was a high jump title for Lovrien. He finished at 5-10 which was two inches better than the next-best jumps which included a second place finish for Gehlen’s Kramer.

“We spread guys out some tonight because of the hotter than normal weather and with Districts coming up. The guys responded very well and even with the wind, we ran some of the best times by many guys,” Hinton boys coach Steve Diediker said. “I really like the improvement we have shown as the season progressed and now it is time to see how we stack up against 11 other Class 2A teams.”

Distance races good for MMCRU boys

The Royals continue to rely on some of the longer distance races for their high placings. On Monday at their home track, the Royals had the top two times in the 1600 distance. Kaden Galles won in 4:58.18 and Brayden Dirks was second in 5:05.00.

The 4x800 relay team took gold with a time of 8:59.64. Kyler Bork and Owen Alesch joined Galles and Dirks for the winning time which was about 14 seconds in front of runner-up Gehlen.

The Royals also ended the night with a win, taking the 4x400 in a time of 3:37.40 which was about eight seconds faster than runner-up Hinton. Jace Colling, Xander Tentinger, Kaden Neddermeyer and Brett Staab ran the four legs of that race.

The distance medley team of Tentinger, Gunnar Johnson, Colling and Staab cruised to a 15 second win over second place Akron-Westfield with a time of 3:47.36.

The Royals also claimed titles in both individual hurdle races. Colin Pick had the fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles at 16.82 as Hinton had the next-best times from Ridgway and Stahl.

Max Stridde won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.95 as he was a little over a second faster than Gehlen’s Ethan Nuebel who placed second.

(Photo By Roy Tucker) Above, MMCRU’s Max Stridde stares through the hurdles prior to the start of the 110 meter hurdle race. He won the 400 meter hurdle race with a time of 1:01.95.

Blowe sweeps throws for A-W boys

Ian Blowe once again had a good night in the throwing events as he came away with a pair of wins. He finished with a toss of 162-03 in the discus as he was over 25 feet better than runner-up Mitchell Schnepf of MMCRU in the event. Blowe’s teammate Cael Moffatt had the third place toss of 127-05.

Blowe ended with a 49-09 mark in the shot put to claim that event. Hinton’s Garrett Divis was runner-up with a 45-07 throw.

Team scores: (Boys) Gehlen Catholic 184, Hinton 142, MMCRU 132, Akron-Westfield 64, West Sioux 34, Storm Lake St. Mary’s 7, River Valley 4.

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