Lentsch finishes fourth

DES MOINES – Hank Lentsch was determined not to leave the state track meet empty-handed.

The St. Edmond senior ensured himself a pair of individual medals on the second day of Class 2A action Friday at Drake Stadium.

After placing fourth in the high jump (6-4), Lentsch later finished third in the 110 hurdle prelims (15.36). He previously came in 13th in the high jump here as a junior and was seventh as a sophomore. West Burlington/Notre Dame’s defending Drake Relays champion Jeff Giannettino (6-9) was yesterday’s high jump winner.

Emmetsburg senior Cody Henderson advanced with the top qualifying time from the 110 hurdle prelims (15.11).

Lentsch, a two-time individual Drake Relays participant, was 18th in the 110 hurdle prelims here a year ago.

“Hank did really well (Friday) in both of his events,” SEHS head coach Bill Kibby said. “To go 6-4 in the high jump at state and have the third fastest time in the high hurdle prelims is pretty exciting. Hopefully, now he can have another good day (this afternoon).”

For the Gael girls, Hannah Lentsch – Hank’s twin sister – settled for a three-way tie for 15th in the high jump (4-10), along with South Hamilton’s Eliana Lowry and Celeste Swanson of Clarion-Goldfield. Treynor’s Chaley Rath (5-5) took home gold.

Hannah, who was fourth in the high jump at the Drake Relays earlier this year, came in 18th and 22nd in her other state appearances in that same event.

“I know Hannah had some high expectations for herself, but it just wasn’t her day to jump,” said St. Edmond head coach Donn Larson.

Hank will run in the 2A boys 110 hurdle finals today around 12:45 p.m. Sophomore Landon Peed will also compete for the reigning state-runner-up SEHS boys in the 800, while senior Mary Eide will represent the Gael girls in the 800. Start time for each of those events are set for 10:30 a.m. and 9:50 a.m., respectively.

Friday’s announced attendance was 14,110, which ranks as the second largest one-day crowd in state history.