Demons show continued improvement at Central College Indoor
PELLA — The Washington boys’ track and field team continued to show improvement at Friday’s Central College Indoor, and the Demons had three top-10 finishes to show for it.
The 4x800 relay team of Austin Latcham, Justin Hoffman, Noah Lebsack and Alan Sanchez won its heat and took fifth place overall at Saturday’s meet in a time of 9:06.04. The Demons did not record a time at the Demon Indoor on March 7.
“Alan has just gotten better and better each meet. Hoffman is getting better and better. Noah came back and gave us a good lead. We won the heat, which is outstanding,” Washington head coach Steve Roth said.
Sophomore Tommy Peterson had his best shot put throw of the spring, throwing 43 feet, 9 inches to take ninth place in the event. Peterson had thrown 42 feet, 2 inches at the Demon Indoor and 42 feet, 6.5 inches at the Iowa State Indoor on March 12.
“He was putting a little too much pressure on himself,” Roth said of Peterson. “He finished up strong last year, and I think he thought he was going to come right back at that spot. It doesn’t always happen that way. We’re just excited for him to get better at each one. We knew he had it in him. I’m looking for him to score some points early in the year, and I think he can do it.”
Junior Alex Coker took sixth place in the long jump competition with a leap of 19 feet, 10 inches. Coker, a two-time state qualifier in the event, had finished 16th with a jump of 19 feet, 5.75 inches at the Iowa State Indoor.
“He’s a lot further than he was last year because he only jumped indoors once last year,” Roth said of Coker. “He’s already had more jumps than he had last year at this time.”
Coker also just missed the finals in the 55-meter dash, finishing 18th in 6.63 seconds.
“The blocks slipped on him,” Roth said. “He had a little malfunction there at the beginning. Usually they call them back, but there were 278 kids running [the event], so they weren’t going to re-fire for anybody. But he recovered and had a nice race.”
Coker was one of five Demons to finish in the top 35 in the 55-meter dash. Junior Carl Sivels came in 23rd in 6.73 seconds, and junior Garrett Covington was 32nd in 6.80 seconds. Senior Kyle Roder and sophomore Gage Redlinger both finished 35th in 6.81 seconds.
“We had five guys in the top 50 of the 55 dash,” Roth said. “That’s pretty good.”
Sophomore Jacob Hennigan also just missed the finals in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing 17th in 8.19 seconds and missing a spot in the finals by two-hundredths of a second.
“He came down to an 8.19 from a nine with five less meters,” Roth said of Hennigan. That was outstanding.”
Coker also finished 15th in the 400-meter dash in 55.75 seconds, one spot ahead of teammate Noah Lebsack, who was 16th in 55.89 seconds. And Coker was 20th in the 200-meter dash in 24.60 seconds.
“He had a nice night,” Roth said of Coker. “He ran three events and was a sore puppy when he got done.”
But that’s what Roth wanted out of his athletes at Friday’s event. He wanted his runners to get a good workout at the indoor meet.
“I normally don’t run people in three or four events, but I looked at the weather, and we’re not going to be able to do anything [outside] tonight or tomorrow night. We’re losing workout time.”
The Demons may also lose Thursday’s Washington Relays, the team’s first outdoor meet of the season. It has not yet been canceled, but with temperatures forecast in the mid-30s on Thursday and low-40s on Friday, the meet is in danger of being canceled for the first time in its 53-year history.
In the meantime, Roth will take some of his athletes to the Dickinson Indoor at the University of Northern Iowa today.
Central College Indoor
March 15, 2013
High jump — 20. Austin Witt (W) 5-4.
Long jump — 6. Alex Coker (W) 19-10, 33. Alan Sanchez (W) 17-6.
Shot put — 9. Tommy Peterson (W) 43-9, 94. Kyle Stout (W) 28-7, 100. Ted Leeper (W) 28-0, 111. Grant Shive (W) 25-6, 115. Jordan Wallace (W) 25-3, 115. Josh Miranda (W) 25-3, 126. Shawn Edwards (W) 23-6.
55-meter dash — 17. Ryan Hoffman (M-P) 6.60, 18. Alex Coker (W) 6.63, 19. Canaan Powell (M-P) 6.67, 23. Carl Sivels (W) 6.73, 32. Garrett Covington (W) 6.80, 35. Gage Redlinger (W) 6.81, 35. Kyle Roder (W) 6.81, 52. Jose Tapia (W) 6.86, 103. Tanner Knupp (W) 7.11, 105. Jack Giardino (W) 7.12, 110. Bryce Rickey (W) 7.15, 123. Ethan Hansen (W) 7.19, 125. Austin Slabaugh (M-P) 7.20, 214. Hunter Bell (W) 7.68, 273. Chase Litchfield (W) 8.47.
200-meter dash — 20. Alex Coker (W) 24.60, 45. Gage Redlinger (W) 25.38, 47. Jack Giardino (W) 25.40, 56. Austin Witt (W) 25.53, 67. Kyle Roder (W) 25.89, 75. Garrett Covington (W) 26.10, 84. Tanner Knupp (W) 26.23, 90. Bryce Rickey (W) 26.36, 100. Colin Weber (M-P) 26.55, 128. Ethan Hansen (W) 27.10, 135. Logan Moeller (W) 27.25, 147. Alan Sanchez (W) 27.44, 238. Hunter Bell (W) 34.53.
400-meter dash — 2. Ryan Hoffman (M-P) 53.57, 15. Alex Coker (W) 55.75, 16. Noah Lebsack (W) 55.89, 32. Alan Sanchez (W) 57.31, 36. Gage Redlinger (W) 57.78, 51. Evan Wild (M-P) 58.78, 53. Austin Latcham (W) 59.01, 59. Colin Weber (M-P) 59.47, 62. Justin Hoffman (W) 59.66, 66. Austin Slabaugh (M-P) 1:00.03, 89. Alex Gonzalez (W) 1:01.13, 94. Spencer Woods (W) 1:01.22, 138. Brody Warth (W) 1:05.06, 152. Michael Ellingson (W) 1:06.66, 176. Chase Litchfield (W) 1:17.19.
800-meter run — 30. Evan Wild (M-P) 2:22.47.
1,600-meter run — 43. Curtis Vest (W) 5:39.47.
55-meter hurdles — 17. Jacob Hennigan (W) 8.19.
4x200 — 11. Mid-Prairie (Canaan Powell, Ryan Hoffman, Austin Slabaugh, Colin Weber) 1:40.55, 16. Washington B (Tanner Knupp, Justin Hoffman, Garrett Covington, Noah Lebsack) 1:41.99, 43. Washington A (Jack Giardino, Bryce Rickey, Ethan Hansen, Jacob Hennigan) 1:47.53.
4x800 — 5. Washington A (Austin Latcham, Justin Hoffman, Noah Lebsack, Alan Sanchez) 9:06.04, 26. Washington B (Alex Gonzalez, Curtis Vest, Michael Ellingson, Brody Warth) 10:28.71.