Demon Relays deliver on promise
The weather was outstanding at Case Field in Washington last night. At moments the sun burst through in a way that it hasn’t for months, causing people all over the stands to intermittently remove their jackets.
As a result of the warming temperatures and nearly blazing sun, the distances and times of the boys and girls involved in the Demon Relays were as promised.
The Demon girls won the female half of the team competition with a total of 184 points. Washington’s boys’ team took fourth place with 95 points. WACO’s boys’ team was sixth with 49 points and its girls’ team was fourth with 57. Columbus Community’s boys’ placed fifth with 65 points and their girls were fifth as well with 55 points. Mid-Prairie’s boys’ team placed third with 99 points.
The Washington boys did well on the whole last night. Top five finishes for the boys included Alex Coker, who placed first in the long jump at 21 feet. Tommy Peterson returned his name to the top of the list in the shot put, throwing 48 feet, 7 ½ inches. Carl Sivels was dominant in the 100-meter dash yet again, finishing first in 11.71.
The “A” 4x200-meter relay team (Tanner Knupp, Sivels, Gage Redlinger and Coker) won in 1:34.44. The 110-meter shuttle hurdle relay team (Redlinger, Jack Giardino, Caleb Bex and Ryan Loy) was second in 1:07.31. Noah Lebsack placed second in the 400-meter dash in 52.51.
In the 200-meter dash, Coker and Kyle Schindler took second and fifth places with times of 23.7 and 24.74. The 1,600-meter sprint medley team (Knupp, Bryce Rickey, Lebsack and Jacob Green) finished second in 3:57.85. In the 4x100-meter relay, the “A” team (Sivels, Redlinger, Giardino and Coker) took second in 44.91 and the “B” team (Bryce Craff, Rickey, Ethan Hanson and Jose Tapia) took fifth in 48.14.
Michael Ellingson represented the Demons in the high jump, as he bounded over the bar set at 5-6 inches, placing him third. The throwers’ relay team (Karlton Skubal, Peterson, Tama Leutele and Ted Leeper) The 200 “B” team (Craff, Rickey, Hanson and Tapia) was fourth in 1:41.7.
Leutele finished fifth in the discus throw at 103 feet. Curtis Vest got fifth place in the 3,200-meter run with his time of 11:36.81.
“In some races we had to start guys that maybe weren’t ready because of injury issues but all those guys really stepped up. The effort and ability to compete tonight was outstanding,” Washington boys’ head coach Steve Roth said.
The Demon girls put on several excellent performances as well. Dylann Schluetter won the discus throw with her throw of 94-11. McKayla Miller did her usual thing, winning the shot put at 31-4 ½. The 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay team (Emma Wood, Jessie Buchholz, Carolan Hoffman and Makenzie Knutson) won in 1:14.14, claiming the girls’ medals for the Curt Jensen Memorial Relay.
Macy Marek continued her run of wins in the 100 and 200, this time in 13.27 and 27.47. Morgan Kimball won the 400 in 1:02.09. The 200 relay “A” team (Kelly Wheeler, Dema Giardino, Grace Redlinger and Stephanie Fishback) won in 1:51.98. Washington had a first- and third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. The top finished belonged to Buchholz in 1:15.02 and the third-place belonged to Knutson in 1:18.01.
The 800-meter sprint medley team (Wheeler, D. Giardino, Macy Marek and Kimball) won in 1:57.32. In the 100 relay, the Demons got first- and fourth-place finishes. The first-place team (Macy Marek, Fishback, D. Giardino and Gr. Redlinger) had a time of 52.51 and the fourth-place time (Mak. Marek, Amber Salow, Isabella Giardino and Hoffman) was 57.05. Washington swept first and second place in the throwers’ relay. The first-place team (Macenzee Schwab, Miller, Schluetter and Makenna Goodwin) had a time of 1:02.08 and the second-place team (Emma Stout, Joceline Spenner, Addie Pacha and Aubrey Zimmer) had a time of 1:03.34.
The 4x400-meter relay team (I. Giardino, Gr. Redlinger, Fishback and Mak. Marek) won in 4:26.71. Fishback was a mere 0.31 seconds in the 100 and 0.21 seconds in the 200 behind Marek to place second in both races. The “A” distance medley team (Salow, I. Giardino, Knutson and Stephanie Loy) finished second in 4:50.13.
Makenzi Marek placed second in the long jump at 14-8 ½. Emme Keith was second in the 3,000-meter run with her time of 12:09.25. Washington’s 800 relay team took third (Mariah Howard, Jasmine Mares, Lexi Redlinger and Zimmer) in 11:25.64.
Keith also finished third in the 1,500-meter run with her time of 5:43.58. Stout and Goodwin followed Schluetter’s lead in the discus, finishing third and fourth with throws of 85-4 and 81 feet. Goodwin also placed fifth in the shot put at 29-1.
Addison Gaal was fifth in the long jump at 14- ½. The 200 relay “B” team (Mak. Marek, Salow, I. Giardino and L. Redlinger) took fifth in 2:00.44. Wood placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.56.
“The night was outstanding. The weather definitely helped but our girls are running the best that we’ve seen them yet this season. As the weather continues to improve I’m hoping for even better results,” Demon girls’ head coach Stefanie Tschantz commented.
Mid-Prairie’s boys’ team made the trip down and returned with several accolades. The Golden Hawk 4x800-meter relay team (Andrew Schwartz, Colin Weber, Zeb Schwartz and Ty Feigenspan) finished first in 8:36.78. Jared Draper won the 3,200 with his time of 10:38.76. Z. Schwartz won the 1,600-meter run in 4:55.18.
Evan Wild finished first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.04. Feigenspan won the 800-meter run in 2:08.14. Levi Duwa finished second in the discus throw at 117 feet and third in the shot put at 41-9 ½.
The 4x400-meter relay team (Feigenspan, A. Schwartz, Isaiahn Powell and Z. Schwartz) took second in 3:49.08. In the 400, Feigenspan was third in 53.77 and Wild was fifth in 56.88. A. Schwartz was third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:05.29.
The 1,600 medley “A” team (Powell, Z. Schwartz, Weber and Draper) took third in 3:58.87 and the “B” team (Cameron Tolander, Braden Nielsen, Logan Bean and Ben Stone) was fifth in 4:38.05.
“Looking at our middle-distance and distance guys, everybody has run faster tonight than they have all season. When you see your guys running personal records, win or lose or whatever, it makes you feel good,” Mid-Prairie co-head coach Aaron Fleming stated.
The Columbus Community boys continued to succeed in their efforts. The throwers’ relay team (Tucker Morrisson, Danny Fuentes, Peter Cano and Mark Ramirez) Rickey Rivers and Mauricio Ramirez took second and third place in the long jump at 20-7 and 19-3. Mark Ramirez took second in the shot put at 44-7. Mau. Ramirez had a second-place time in the 100 in 11.79. The 200 relay team (Mau. Ramirez, Angel Rodriguez, Ricardo Roman and Rivers) was second in 1:35.8.
The 100 relay team (Mau. Ramirez, Rodriguez, Roman and Rivers) finished third in 46.15. The Wildcat 800 relay team (Anthony Garcia, Tanner Shellabarger, Derek Tisor and J.D. Lekwa) took fourth place in 10:52.09. Josh Keller placed fourth in the 3,200 in 11:17.49. The hurdle relay team (Rodriguez, Carter Colby, Morrisson and Lous Garrison) took fifth in 1:15.58.
“I liked the way we competed. Just about everyone on our list tonight has done what we’ve expected them to. Our 4x200 ran really well and Mark Ramirez set a personal best in the shot put,” Columbus Community boys’ head coach Jeff Martin elaborated.
The Wildcat girls’ team showed up big. Columbus Community’s 800 relay team (Kylie Marin, Rebeca Neri, Jessica Cruz and Taylor Hills) took second place in 11:23.71. The hurdle relay team (Laura Mincks, Shania Boyd, Monaye Matthews and Kelsey Pretz) was second in 1:14.73. The 200 relay team (Boyd, Matthews, Hills and Pretz) was second place in 1:55.59.
Mincks had a second-place time in the 400 hurdles of 1:17.27. Pretz’s time of 28.79 in the 200 was good for third place. Mincks had a fourth-place time in the 100 hurdles of 18.4.
Ashley Canny placed fifth in the 3,000 in 13:25.78. Matthews also placed fifth in the 200 in 30.12. The 400 relay team (Marin, Neri, Cruz and Hills) took fifth in 4:48.98.
“Our 4x800 did well despite some injuries and our shuttle hurdle team has been making progress all year long. Our freshmen are doing a nice job of learning and our upperclass girls are doing a great job of teaching them,” Wildcat girls’ head coach Jeff Gilmore added.
WACO’s boys’ team competed with several larger schools and made its presence felt. The hurdle relay team (Brett Heseltien, Cornell Hulme, Bryce Achen and Dylan Carlson) won the Curt Jensen Memorial Relay with their time of 1:20.23. The same four boys also won the 100 relay in 44.81. Carlson was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.76.
Jorge Chacon took third in the 400 hurdles in 1:04.57. Achen finished fifth in the long jump at 18-1. Braden Blake was third and Jackson Roth was fifth in the 800 in 2:10 and 2:21.03.
The 400 relay team (Roth, Blake, Gabe Black and Chacon) took fourth in 4:02.9. The throwers’ relay team (Ben Herzinger, Colton Wilson, Josh Shumaker and Joe Mitchell) placed fifth in 58.49.
“I was happy with our willingness to compete against bigger schools. We had a lot of personal bests and season-bests tonight. We are running against some really good competition here. We are using this to improve our competitiveness,” WACO boys’ head coach Shannon Rugg explained.
The Warrior girls turned in several admirable performances. Jennie Greene had the longest leap of the female long-jumpers, making her mark at 15 feet. Rosemary Skriver tied for second place in the high jump at 4-8. The 100 relay “A” team (Angelique Frier, Skriver, Greene and Katelyn White) finished second in 54.76.
Halle Kissell was third in the 400 in 1:05.99. The 200 relay team (Frier, Skriver, Greene and White) took third in 1:56.83. The hurdle relay team (Jalyssa Jepson, McKenna White, Kasey Suton and Erika Leichty) placed fourth in 1:18.42.
Suton placed fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:18.5. Trilby Frier had a fifth-place time of 14.29 in the 100. The distance medley team (Jepson, Libby Skriver, Suton and Gaby Wagler) got fifth place in 5:09.86. The 800 medley team (A. Frier, Wagler, T. Frier and Greene) took fifth in 2:09.76.
“I think you will see times for us and other schools continue to come down across the board. A lot of teams have only had one or two outdoor meets up to this point. We had a lot of good results tonight ourselves,” Warrior girls’ head coach Cinda Blake made clear.
The Washington boys will be in action again on Tuesday, April 15 at Fairfield. The Demon girls will make another appearance on Tuesday, April 15 at Fort Madison. The Mid-Prairie boys will be on the track again on Thursday, April 17 at home. The Columbus Community boys will be in action next on Tuesday, April 15 at Wapello. The Wildcat girls hit the track again on the same day at Fort Madison. Both the WACO boys and girls will be running again on Monday, April 14 at home.
Following are all the finishes outside of the top five, listed by event.
Girls’ discus throw – Mayme Hinh, WACO, seventh, 75-8. Leah Mcelhinney, WACO, ninth, 69-10. Cynthia Montoya, Columbus Community, 12th, 67-8. Molly Edgar, WACO, 14th, 63-10. Schwab, 15th, 51-5.
Girls’ high jump – Kimball, sixth, 4-2.
Boys’ discus throw – Caleb Runquist, Mid-Prairie, sixth, 98-4. Dylan Schrock, Mid-Prairie, 11th, 88-7. Caleb Statler, Mid-Prairie, 12th, 88-1. Mark Ramirez, Columbus Community, 13th, 87-5. Trace Taylor, Columbus Community, 14th, 84-8. Herzinger, 15th, 79 feet. Mitchell, 16th, 78-7 ½, Skubal, t-17, 78-1. Wilson, t-17th, 78-1. Joan Mejia, Columbus Community, 19th, 74 feet. Leeper, 20th, 63-5.
Girls’ long jump – Salow, sixth, 13-7. Boyd, seventh, 13-4 ½. M. White, ninth, 12-11. Cierra McArtor, 11th, 12-8 ½. Bailey Stroud, Columbus Community, 12th, 12- ½.
Boys’ shot put – Runquist, sixth, 38-3. Schrock, seventh, 36-6. Leutele, eighth, 36-3. Tucker Janecek, WACO, 12th, 35-7. Josh Shumaker, WACO, 14th, 35-3 ½. Skubal, 15th, 33-6. Kyle Stout, Washington, 16th, 32-5. Chris Gent, Mid-Prairie, 17th, 32-4. Cano, 21st, 29-1 ½. Herzinger, 22nd, 25-3. Wilson, 23rd, 23-3 ½.
Girls’ shot put – Stout, sixth, 28-10. McElhinney, ninth, 28-5 ½. Schluetter, 12th, 26-7. Edgar, 13th, 26-6. Kaitie Miles, WACO, 15th, 26-4. Cynthia Montoya, Columbus Community, 17th, 25-5. Olivia Cook, Columbus Community, 18th, 25-2 ½. Pacha, 19th, 24-11. Spenner, 20th, 24-10. Schwab, 21st, 24-5. Brooklyn Milder, Columbus Community, 22nd, 21-5 ½.
3,000-meter run – Cheyenne Sedlacek, WACO, sixth, 13:29.07. Maggie Voss, Washington, seventh, 14:38.22.
3,200-meter run – Stone, seventh, 11:56.2.
Girls’ 100-meter dash – Jacque Murillo, Columbus Community, seventh, 15.22. Milder, 13th, 16.51. Klair Russell, WACO, 14th, 17.46.
Boys’ 100-meter dash – J. Giardino, sixth, 12.39. Powell, eighth, 12.56. David Ayala, Columbus Community, ninth, 13.08. Hunter Leichty, WACO, 10th, 13.1. Nielsen, 11th, 13.56. Treavor Lynn, WACO, 12th, 13.76.
Girls’ distance medley – Washington “B” (McKenna Reighard, Hannah Purner, Victoria Barber and Alexis Turner), sixth, 5:16.53.
Girls’ 400-meter dash – Gaal, sixth, 1:08.52. Cruz, seventh, 1:09.59.
Boys’ 400-meter dash – Blake, seventh, 58 seconds. Chacon, ninth, 58.94. Dav. Ayala, 10th, 1:01.27. Danny Ayala, Columbus Community, 11th, 1:07.75.
Boys’ 4x200-meter relay – Mid-Prairie, (Blake Schwartz, Tolander, Duwa and Ryan Cortum), sixth, 1:46.84. WACO, (Janecek, G. Black, Isaac Black and Parker Ferguson), seventh, 1:48.01.
100-meter hurdles – Hoffman, sixth, 18.69. E. Leichty, seventh, 20.03.
1,600-meter run – Efrain Barajas, Columbus Community, sixth, 5:16.92. Vest, eighth, 5:26.18. David Mares, Washington, 5:35.68.
Girls’ 800-meter run – Howard, seventh, 2:45.89. J. mares, ninth, 2:53.76. Stroud, 12th, 2:55.65. Brynna DeLong, Washington, 15th, 2:57.55.
Girls’ 200-meter dash – Katelyn Thomson, WACO, 11th, 32.9.
Boys’ 200-meter dash – Weber, sixth, 24.88. Roman, seventh, 25.18. Nielsen, ninth, 27.72. Lynn, 10th, 27.74. H. Leichty, 11th, 27.91.
Girls’ 400-meter hurdles – M. White, sixth, 1:23.84.
Boys’ 400-meter hurdles – Justyn Chalupa, WACO, sixth, 1:10.36. Garrison, seventh, 1:10.69. Morrisson, ninth, 1:11.67.
800-meter sprint medley – Washington “B”, (Cheyenne Davis, Purner, Barber and Roush), seventh, 2:18.54.
1,500-meter run – S. Loy, seventh, 6:11.38. Sedlacek, eighth, 6:13.08. Canny, ninth, 6:13.91. Zimmer, 10th, 6:15.92.
Boys’ 800-meter run – Dillion Douglas, WACO, seventh, 2:22.28. Ellingson, eighth, 2:26.28. Bryce Sinn, Washington, 11th, 2:36.81. Lekwa, 12th, 2:39.18. Shellabarger, 13th, 2:41.19. Tisor, 14th, 2:45.49. R. Loy, 15th, 2:50.75.
Girls’ 4x100-meter relay – Columbus Community, (Murillo, Boyd, Matthes and Pretz), sixth, 57.59. WACO “B”, (Jepson, M. White, McArtor and E. Leichty), seventh, 59.49.
Boys’ 4x100-meter relay – Mid-Prairie “A”, (Weber, Cortum, Wild and Powell), sixth, 48.47. WACO “B”, (Janecek, G. Black, I. Black and Ferguson), eighth, 51.68. Mid-Prairie “B”, (B. Schwartz, Tolander, Duwa and Schrock), ninth, 51.88.
Girls’ 4x400-meter relay – WACO, (Wagler, L. Skriver, Kaila Leichty and Suton), seventh, 4:54.51.
Boys’ 4x400-meter relay – Washington “A” (Green, Schindler, Ellingson and Jacob Hennigan), sixth, 4:09.42. Washington “B”, (D. Mares, R. Loy, Sinn and Bex), seventh, 4:28.58.