Area boys excel at Central Indoor
PELLA – Boys from Mid-Prairie, WACO and Washington High Schools participated in the Central College Indoor Track Meet on Friday, March 21 on the campus of Central College.
“This meet was a great tune-up for the beginning of our outdoor schedule. We see a lot of progress already from where we were last year, a very encouraging sign. The guys continue to show a lot of focus and adaptability in competition; last night some injuries and illnesses forced us to make a number of last-minute changes in our relay lineups, but the guys took it in stride and even managed to improve our 4x400 time by several seconds. Team depth continues to look like a strong suit as well,” Mid-Prairie head coach Aaron Fleming said.
“We had an outstanding meet. I think the 200-meter guys were really impressive. The track is so tight there at Central and it makes it hard to run. Jacob Hennigan has been running such clean races and is really confident. Tommy Peterson’s confidence has skyrocketed. We still have guys that need to be in better condition but it’s hard to tell anything until we get outside. Times aren’t really important to me right now, what is important is competing. We have been competing really well,” Washington head coach Steve Roth said.
Carl Sivels of Washington ran in the 55-meter dash finals and finished tied for 10th with his time of 6.66.
In the 200-meter dash: Gage Redlinger of Washington finished fourth at 24.18, Austin Errthum of Mid-Prairie finished fifth with a time of 24.25, Sivels finished seventh at 24.42, Cornell Hulme of WACO placed 16th at 24.89, Bryce Achen of WACO finished 26th at 25.3, Kyle Schindler of Washington tied for 28th at 25.35, Mason Quigley placed 49th at 26.01, Bryce Rickey of Washington finished 55th at 26.3, Isaiahn Powell of Mid-Prairie placed 62nd at 26.45, Caleb Bex of Washington tied for 79th at 27.02, Bryce Craff of Washington placed 81st at 27.08, Cameron Tollander of Mid-Prairie finished 120th at 28.45, Brent Foster of Mid-Prairie placed 143rd at 29.87, Eden Hunter of Mid-Prairie was 146th at 30.41, Dante Clark of Washington finished 148th at 31.09, John Dillon of Washington finished 149th at 31.27, Michael Dillon of Washington placed 150th at 31.68, Jack Carter of Washington finished 154th at 32.91 and Dylan Kinman finished 156th at 37.6.
In the 400-meter dash: The Demons’ Jacob Hennigan finished 10th with his time of 55.8, followed closely by Washington’s Alex Coker in 11th place at 55.98. Redlinger took 14th at 57.19. The Warriors’ Braden Blake placed 18th in 58.13. The Golden Hawks’ Andrew Schwartz finished 22nd in 58.91. WACO’s Jorge Chacone placed 30th in 1:00.27. The Demons’ Alex Gonzalez placed 34th at 1:01.12. Washington’s Jacob Green finished 37th at 1:01.47. Mid-Prairie’s Ben Stone placed 58th at 1:06.27. The Demons’ Neil Davis placed 76th at 1:22.78.
The 800-meter run featured great finishes from individuals from all three of the schools. Zeb Schwartz ran a time of 2:11.86, good for a sixth-place finish for the Golden Hawks. Mid-Prairie’s Jared Draper and Ty Feigenspan finished eighth and 12th at 2:12.78 and 2:15.57 respectively. WACO’s Blake took 15th place in 2:17. Chacone of the Warriors finished 22nd in 2:22.4.
For the 1600-meter run: Ryan Errthum of Mid-Prairie finished 14th in 5:04.86. The time was a personal best for R. Errthum. Mid-Prairie’s Foster was 26th in 5:23.32. Curtis Vest of the Demons placed 34th at 5:43.9. Ryan Loy of Washington took 42nd at 6:00.02. The Demons’ David Mares finished 46th at 6:04.09. Bryce Sinn of Washington finished 51st at 6:27.
The 3200-meter run also featured area athletes. For the Golden Hawks, Draper took fouth place with a time of 10:23.12 and R. Errthum took sixth place with a time of 10:29.03. Both Draper and R. Errthum’s times were personal bests in the event. Washington’s Vest took 18th place with his time of 11:53.59. The Golden Hawks’ Stone placed 23rd at 12:31.
The Demons’ Hennigan took fifth place in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 7.77. Dylan Carlson of WACO finished 11th at 8:22.
Mid-Prairie and Washington also fared well in the relays. In the 4x200-meter relay, the Demons placed second with a time of 1:36.98. The team was composed of Coker, Hennigan, Redlinger and Sivels. Mid-Prairie’s team of A. Errthum, Eesaa Baylor, Powell and Zach Schwartz placed ninth at 1:40.79. The Demon team of Jack Giardino, Hanson, Rickey, Jose Tapia finished in 17th place with a time of 1:43.5. Mid-Prairie’s team of Blake Schwartz, Za. Schwartz, Colin Weber and Evan Wild took 32nd place with a time of 1:48.16. Washington’s team of Hunter Bell, Craff, J. Dillon and M. Dillon finished 44th at 1:56.94. The Golden Hawk team of Karson Duwa, Chris Gent, Caleb Runquist and Dylan Schrock took 49th place with a time of 2:07.07.
The 4x400-meter relay featured a seventh place finish by the Golden Hawk quartet of Feigenspan, Wild, Za. Schwartz and A. Errthum in 3:48.76. Mid-Prairie’s team of Draper, Feigenspan, A. Schwartz and Ze. Schwartz took 13th place with a time of 3:59.19. The Golden Hawk foursome of R. Errthum, Foster, Za. Schwartz and Stone finished 24th at 4:20.18.
Finally for the relays, the 4x800-meter was no exception to the rule of success. Feigenspan, A. Schwartz, Wild and Ze. Schwartz combined to finish in 8:58.37, good for fourth place for the Golden Hawks. The Demon team of Loy, Mares, Sinn and Vest placed 16th at 10:24.06.
Moving on to the field events, Washington’s Tommy Peterson placed first in the shot put at 51-10, qualifying him for the Drake Relays. Mid-Prairie’s Levi Duwa finished 11th out of 83 shot putters with his throw of 40-6. Golden Hawk Schrock placed 17th with his 39-2 throw and Runquist was right behind him in the standings at 39’. The Demons’ Tama Leutele and the Golden Hawks’ K. Duwa tied for 25th at 36-10. Mid-Prairie’s Gent placed 28th at 36-2. WACO’s Tucker Janecek tied for 31st at 35-10. Washington’s Ted Leeper tied for 34th at 35’. The Golden Hawks’ Caleb Statler finished 37th at 34-7. The Demons’ Karlton Skubal tied for 42nd at 32-2. The Demons’ Lane Keeler tied for 65th at 27-2. Washington’s Seth Townsend placed 69th at 26-6.
In the long jump, Washington’s Coker finished first with his jump of 20’ 11”. Mid-Prairie’s Baylor tied for 11th with a leap of 18-3 ½. Hulme of WACO tied for 11th place with his jump of 17-9. Golden Hawk Powell finished 19th at 17-8. Achen of the Warriors placed 25th at 16-11. WACO’s Janecek placed 38th at 15-6.