Gaels compete at state meet

DES MOINES – For the St. Edmond boys and girls track teams, Thursday’s opening session of the Class 2A state meet failed to result in any medals.

Despite establishing a new school mark (1:00.55) in the shuttle hurdle relay prelims, the quartet of senior Cory Angstrom, junior Tristan Sitzmann, sophomore Matthew Bocken and senior Hank Lentsch placed ninth in the prelims for the defending state runner-up Gael boys. North Polk prevailed behind a 2A meet record time of 58.17.

“I was very pleased with our shuttle hurdle relay for getting a new school record and running the best they have all year,” SEHS head coach Bill Kibby said. “We were obviously hoping to get into the finals, but we just went out and did the best we could.”

Senior Seth Reel also finished 22nd (10:40.95) in the 3200. Reel, who came in seventh at the state cross country meet this past fall, was eighth here in the 3200 as a sophomore. Michael Melchert (9:38.93) of Monticello took home top honors yesterday.

“Seth ran a good first mile before his leg started to bother him,” said Kibby, who guided the Gaels to state crowns in 2009 and ’11. “Hopefully, we can have a little better day now (this afternoon).”

Libby Augustine, a senior, was 22nd in the long jump (15-1) for the St. Edmond girls. Hudson’s Lindsey Koch (17-5.50) claimed the title.

“Libby didn’t jump what she was hoping for, but the fact that she made it down (to Des Moines) is still a pretty good accomplishment,” SEHS head coach Donn Larson said. “This (state experience) was a pretty special way for her to go out as a senior.”

Action in 2A begins at 2 p.m. today with the girls discus and boys high jump. Hank Lentsch (110 hurdles and high jump) and twin sister Hannah Lentsch (high jump) will each participate for the Gaels.