SE’s Lentsch medals at state

DES MOINES – Throughout his high school career, Hank Lentsch has been a consistent performer for the St. Edmond boys track team.

Saturday was no exception.

Making his last appearance for the green and white, the senior finished fifth (15.32) in the Class 2A 110-hurdles at the state meet inside Drake Stadium.

Lentsch, a two-time individual Drake Relays qualifier, was 18th in the 110 hurdle prelims here last spring. He also placed fourth in the 2A high jump Friday after previously settling for 13th and seventh.

“I felt pretty good coming in after beating the Emmetsburg kid at districts (Cody Henderson of the E-Hawks was first in the 110 hurdle prelims on Friday in 15.11),” Lentsch said. “I was actually hoping to place a little higher, but I’ll still take it.”

CMB-Baxter’s Bryce Kemp (14.96) picked up a victory in the 2A 110-hurdles, while Henderson (15.00) turned in a runner-up effort.

“Hank had kind of a slow start out of the blocks and hit a hurdle, but his time was still better than in the prelims (Lentsch was third in the prelims in 15.36),” said SEHS head coach Bill Kibby. “He had just an outstanding year for us.”

Sophomore Landon Peed was also 24th (2:07.89) in the 800 for the perennial power Gaels, who earned state titles in both 2009 and 2011 and were second in 2012. Ben Ahlrichs (1:56.68) of Monticello grabbed gold.

“Landon ran the first 600 really well and was right where we wanted him to be at 1:29, but then he just seemed to kind of run out of gas,” Kibby said. “I was still very proud of him and all of our guys that made it.”

For the St. Edmond girls, senior Mary Eide was 11th (2:25.05) in the 2A 800. Eide, who was ninth in the state 1500 a year ago, placed 20th in the 800 as a sophomore.

Monticello (96) easily prevailed in the 2A boys team race, while Western Christian (58) took home top honors on the girls side.