Cougar boys advance 10 events

MANSON – Manson Northwest Webster’s overall depth and talent outshined the rest of the boys field at a Class 2A co-ed state-qualifying meet here Thursday night.

Behind six event champions and four runner-up efforts, the host Cougars registered 122.5 points en route to their third straight district crown. South Central Calhoun (95) and Clarion-Goldfield (87) were next in line. St. Edmond (43) was ninth.

“I thought we ran well and competed hard,” said MNW head coach Jeff Anliker, who directed the Cougars to 1A state titles the past two years. “Our shuttle and shot were a little disappointing, but you have some of those too. Our 4×1 and 4×4 had their best times of the year under (unfavorable) weather conditions.”

Jack Walstrom claimed a pair of individual gold medals for Manson Northwest in the 1600 (4:43.22) and the 3200 (10:18.35). Other Cougar victories came from Jackson Johnson (high jump, 6-02), the 4×100 (Braden Moser, McCoy Snell, Hudson Spedding and Lucas Dolder, 44.20), the 4×400 (Moser, Holden Fiedler, Spedding and Dolder, 3:28.70) and the distance medley (Moser, Fiedler, Dolder and Walstrom, 3:44.82).

Advancing to Des Moines with second-place showings for Manson Northwest Webster were Alex Bush (110 hurdles, 16.41), Spedding (long jump, 21-00.50), Tim Butcher (discus, 128-07) and the 4×200 (Snell, Fiedler, Moser and Dolder, 1:33.90),.

“It’s always nice to be able to run at home,” said Anliker. “It might make things a little more stressful during the day, but nobody runs (districts) as well as Coach (Mike) Jepson.”

For South Central Calhoun, Jake Petzenhauser (400 hurdles, 55.61), the shuttle hurdle (Kyler Case, Matt Nieland, Kody Case and Petzenhauser, 59.73) and the 4×800 (Dylan Addison, Ryan Daisy, Zach Ludwig and Petzenhauser, 8:20.36) all prevailed. Settling for runner-up honors for the Titans was the distance medley (Kyler Case, Kody Case, Ludwig and Tanner Schrad, 3:44.87).

Mitch Gambrill (shot put, 46-09), Mason Willey (long jump, 21-01.50) and the 4×200 (Bryce Hamilton, Zach Pogge, Willey and Cesare Leonardi, 1:33.52) each posted triumphs for Clarion-Goldfield. Finishing second for the Cowboys were Spencer Peterson (400 hurdles, 57.10), the 4×100 (Hamilton, Pogge, Willey and Leonardi, 44.36) and the 4×400 (Pogge, Derek Conlon, Leonardi and Peterson, 3:31.10).

Draven Barth (100, 11.92), Caleb Ricke (1600, 4:44.13) and the shuttle hurdle (Barth, Kyler Lyon, Aaron Aljets and Brandon Gathers, 1:00.27) were all second for Pocahontas Area.

Landon Peed (800, 2:07.49) and Vinnie Harvey (shot put, 45-00) both took home silver for St. Edmond.

“We knew coming in that the competition would be outstanding,” SEHS head coach Bill Kibby said. “At least we were able to get a couple of events to state. I was happy for both Landon and Vinnie.”

Emmetsburg’s Allen Jensen was a champion in the 110 hurdles (15.77) and a runner-up in the 200 (23.87).

On the girls side, Manson Northwest Webster’s Ellie Herzberg won individual crowns in the 200 (27.27) and the 400 (59.58). The Cougar sprint medley (Kim Hokinson, Cloie Herzberg, Kourtney Condon and Ellie Herzberg, 1:54.84) also came out on top.

Tiffany Christensen of Eagle Grove was first in the 800 (2:29.95) and 1500 (5:16.39). The Eagle distance medley (Madison Anderson, Aja Bell, Sam Helmke and Christensen, 4:31.67) was a champion as well.

South Central Calhoun’s Ashley Henkenius (100, 13.61 and 200, 27.97), Haley Birks (discus, 105-09), Tyffaney Toms (shot put, 39-02.50) and the distance medley (Maria Dischler, Birks, Henkenius, Sydney Batz 4:33.70) each grabbed silver.

East Sac County’s Dijana Hammond (high jump, 5-0) captured a title, while the Raider 4×400 (Jenna Peters, Shae Blum, Kathryn Drost and Jaylynn Peters, 4:15.91) was a runner-up.

Macey Bales from Pocahontas Area was a champion in the shot put (39-11.25).

Clarion-Goldfield’s 4×400 (Kenzie Alberts, Jossie Sann, Sam Nerem and Claire Davis, 4:15.08) prevailed. Both Sann (400 hurdles, 1:09.92) and the 4×800 (Davis, Nerem, Mara Warnke and Alberts, 10:21.60) were second.

Freshman Megan Flattery finished as a runner-up for St. Edmond in the 400 (1:00.82), the 800 (2:30.67) and the high jump (4-10).

“I’ve always wanted to make it to state just like my older brothers (Joey and Neil),” said Flattery. “My goal for state is to get in the top five. I’ve been really working hard to keep improving.”

OA-BCIG (112) placed first in the girls division, followed by Sioux Central (91) and South Central Calhoun (75). St. Edmond (36) was 11th.

State competition is set for May 22-24 at Drake Stadium.