SE’s Lentsch 4th in Drake high jump

DES MOINES – Hannah Lentsch flashed her potential at the 104th running of the Drake Relays on Friday.

Despite battling through a hip flexor injury, the St. Edmond senior placed fourth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-03. MOC-Floyd Valley’s Alexis Conaway (5-08) took home top honors.

“I was real pleased, and she was real pleased,” said SEHS head coach Donn Larson. “I told her before she went to warm up that she did a good job just getting down (to Des Moines), but she said ‘that’s not good enough’.

“She was good on her early jump, which helped her move up from sixth to fourth. From the beginning of the season, she’s been very consistent.”

On the boys side, Hank Lentsch checked in 16th (15.66) for the Gaels in the 110-hurdle prelims.

For the Fort Dodge boys, the 4×200 relay quartet of freshman Keegan Myers, seniors Austin Anderson and Keegan Jones and sophomore Cray Washington finished 13th (1:31.15). That same foursome was 26th (44.27) in the 4×100 prelims, while Washington was 22nd in the 100 prelims (11.81).

In their lone event, the Dodger girls (senior Fatima Newsome, freshman Alexis Lessmeier and juniors Lexi Astor and Tiana Mericle) were 18th (50.99) in the 4×100 prelims.

Fort Dodge entered tied with the 72nd (53.07) best qualifying time.

“We had our fastest 4×1 time in probably about 10 years, and were just off the school record (50.17),” FDSH head coach Todd Constable said. “Our handoffs were all pretty crisp, we were healthy and the weather probably played a big role in it this year, too.

“I knew based on our speed we could probably finish in at least the top half. Everything just kind of fell into place for us, though. It was exciting to watch and adds a little more motivation before heading to districts.”

High school action resumes this morning with the girls shuttle hurdle relay prelims at 8 a.m.