Demons, Golden Hawks run through mist
MT. PLEASANT – The Washington boys’, Mid-Prairie boys’ and Mid-Prairie girls’ track teams competed despite the cold and the mist at Mt. Pleasant High School last night.
“The weather was really a factor. Despite that we had some really good performances. We made some changes because some guys are beat up. I was really curious to see how our 4x200-meter team would do with those and I think we have found our four guys. Tanner Knupp did a really great job leading it off and Carl Sivels took the baton well. I can really see Carl getting more confident and it showed in the 100-meter, he was about 10 meters ahead of the pack with a great start. Alex Coker had one of the best long jumps in the state. Michael Ellingson had a personal best in the high jump. Our younger kids competed great as well,” Washington head coach Steve Roth said.
“It’s great to have a bunch of athletes who aren’t afraid to compete in cold and rainy weather. Overall the whole team did a great job in doing the fundamental things like making sure they warmed up enough to be able to compete safely. And of course, positive attitudes and taking care of details like that carries over into performances,” Golden Hawk head boys’ co-head coach Aaron Fleming commented.
“Our team performed well considering the elements Mother Nature put in play for everyone. It was really a great opportunity for our squad to run against that level of competition this early in the year. Great experience was gained by our younger athletes, and it served as an eye-opener to competition levels we can expect to see at the district and state level meets,” Mid-Prairie girls’ head coach Chris Tyler said.
Sivels, a senior, added another first-place finish to his resume in the 100-meter dash as he finished in 11.68. Coker, also a senior, finished first in the long jump at 21-1/2. Tommy Peterson made it four consecutive first-place finishes in the shot put with his throw of 46-9.
Senior Noah Lebsack was second in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 53.72. The Demon 4x200-meter relay team of senior Coker, Knupp (a senior), junior Gage Redlinger and Sivels finished second with a time of 1:34.67, which was 1.45 seconds faster than Washington’s time in the 4x2 on April 1 at the Falcon Relays.
The Demon 4x800-meter relay team of Ellingson (a sophomore), senior Jacob Green, freshman Ryan Loy and freshman Bryce Sinn finished 10th with a time of 10:36.63. Junior Curtis Vest placed ninth in the 3,200-meter run with his time of 11:42.75.
Sophomore Jose Tapia finished the 100 in 12.32, good for seventh place. Freshman Kyle Schindler also placed in the 400. His time of 59.04 was good for 12th.
In the 110-meter hurdles, freshman Caleb Bex placed 11th with a time of 19.53. Vest also placed in the 1,600-meter run. His time of 5:34.52 was good for 13th in the field. Freshman David Mares placed 18th in the 1,600 with a time of 5:59.57.
Sophomore Bryce Rickey took sixth place in the 200-meter dash with his time of 25.15. Schindler’s time of 25.4 was two places behind Coker’s in the 200.
Ellingson tied for fourth in the high jump at 5-8. Freshman Bryce Craff’s 16-1/2 mark in the high jump was good for 13th.
Junior Tama Leutele’s discus throw of 89 feet placed him 18th and freshman Karlton Skubal’s throw of 73-9 placed him 21st. Leutele’s shot put throw of 35-4 placed him 12th.
Freshman Abby Tornow finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:54.48 and sophomore Hannah Van Roekel placed eighth with a 12:29.2. The Mid-Prairie 4x800-meter relay team of senior Ty Feigenspan, freshman Andrew Schwartz, senior Zeb Schwartz and junior Colin Weber finished first with a time of 8:45.19. The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Alex Rath, freshman Calli Shaw, freshman Greta Schmidt and sophomore Maddi Zahradnek placed fourth with a time of 11:52.14.
Junior Jared Draper placed second in the 3,200-meter run in 10:36.59. The 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay team of freshman Ali Butters, sophomore Emily Cayton, senior Arissa Marine and sophomore Ali Naylor finished in 1:21.48, good for sixth place. Junior Lexi Duwa took second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.39. Freshman Kristina Millice also ran the 100, finishing 13th in 14.3.
Sophomore Cameron Tolander and freshman Braeden Nielsen ran the 100-meter dash, finishing in 19th and 20th places with times of 13.4 and 13.54. The distance medley team of freshman Ally Bontrager, freshman Jessica Goll, Naylor and freshman Lizzie Wildeboer placed eighth in 5:16.3.
Schmidt finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with her time of 1:08.64. Rath placed two places behind Schmidt in the 400 with a time of 1:10.91. Feigenspan and Weber took third and fourth places in the 400 with times of 55.35 and 56.13. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Duwa, junior Faithe Garza, Marine and Millice placed fifth in 1:59.96.
Mid-Prairie’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay team placed 10th. That team was freshman Levi Duwa, Nielsen, freshman Isaiahn Powell and senior Evan Wild and had a time of 1:46.07. In the 100-meter hurdles Butters placed sixth with a time of 17.88 and Cayton placed 14th with a time of 20.42.
Draper placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run as he finished in 4:55.98. A. Schwartz was two places behind him in 5:18.54. Zahradnek was eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:50.78. Van Roekel was 13th with a time of 2:59.5 in the 800.
In the 200-meter dash Tolander placed 13th with a time of 27.43 and Nielsen was 14th with a time of 28.48.
The distance medley team of senior Austin Errthum, Feigenspan, senior Canaan Powell and I. Powell placed fourth as they finished in 3:57.47. Tornow placed seventh in the 1,500-meter run as she completed the race in 5:43.04. Z. Schwartz was fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:15.5.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Bontrager, Goll, Naylor and Wildeboer finished in 1:00.23, good for ninth place. The team of Levi Duwa, I. Powell, Weber and Wild placed seventh in the 4x100 in 48.87.
Butters, Cayton, Garza and Zahradnek comprised the 4x400-meter relay team that finished sixth in 4:48.77. Draper, freshman Brent Foster, A. Schwartz and Wild placed sixth in 3:56.06 in the 4x400.
Zahradnek was 13th in the long jump at 12-9. I. Powell took 12th at 16-1. Levi Duwa was seventh in the discus throw at 110-09. Junior Dylan Schrock placed 17th at 89-05. In the shot put, Levi Duwa was fourth at 40-10 and sophomore Caleb Runquist was 11th at 35-6.
The Demon boys are scheduled to be in action again on Tuesday, April 8 at the Williamsburg Invitational, as are the Golden Hawk boys and girls.