Falcon Relays a breeze for Demons
WEST BURLINGTON – The Washington boys’ track team fought the wind as much as the competition as it participated in its second outdoor meet of the season at the Falcon Relays on Monday, March 31. The results contained a bevy of top-10 finishes for the Demons and Washington finished 10th in the team standings with 64 points.
Senior Carl Sivels placed second in the 100-meter dash with his time of 10.92 seconds.
“I really thought Carl was the standout of the night,” Washington head coach Steve Roth said.
Sophomore Jose Tapia’s time of 11.69 was good enough to place him ninth in the field in the 100-meter dash as well. Mason Quigley also ran the 100-meter dash and finished 11th in 12.13.
In the 200-meter dash, three Washington runners competed. Tapia finished seventh in 26.27, sophomore Bryce Rickey placed ninth in 26.42 and sophomore Ethan Hanson was 14th in 27.84.
The 400-meter dash featured another Demon top-10 time as sophomore Michael Ellingson finished the race in 1:01.67, good for ninth in the field. Freshman Bryce Sinn also ran the 400 and finished in 1:08.83 which placed him 12th.
Sinn moved up in the field when he ran the 800-meter. His time of 2:37.24 placed him ninth. Sinn was followed closely by his classmate David Mares, who finished 10th in 2:37.42.
Junior Curtis Vest made his first appearance on the list of Washington top-10 finishers as he completed the 1,600-meter run in 5:34.61, placing him eighth. Mares came in at 6:09.61 for a ninth-place finish and freshman Ryan Loy completed the 1,600 in 6:10.05 to place 10th. Vest wasn’t done, however. He also placed seventh with a time of 12:48.47 in the 3,200-meter run.
“Our distance guys are young but they are competing with the upper-classmen from the other schools very well,” Roth added.
Junior Jacob Hennigan represented the Demons well in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in fifth place with a time of 15.53. Freshman Caleb Bex finished 10th with a time of 19.81.
The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Jack Giardino, senior Tanner Knupp, senior Mason Quigley and senior Carl Sivels placed fourth with a time of 47.29.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Alex Coker, senior Noah Lebsack, Gage Redlinger and Sivels got another first-place finish, their second in as many tries, with a time of 1:36.12. That time was 26 hundredths of a second faster than their last time out.
“We had better exchanges during the 4x2 this time,” Roth commented.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Coker, Hennigan, Lebsack and Redlinger just missed another first-place finish, coming in second by 3.1 seconds. Coker, Hennigan, Lebsack and Redlinger finished the race in 3:40.62.
Washington’s distance medley team finished third in 4:10.08. The team was Coker, senior Jacob Green, Knupp and freshman Kyle Schindler. The Demon 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay finished fourth with a time of 1:04.17. That team was Giardino, junior Alex Gonzalez, Hennigan and Redlinger.
“The shuttle hurdle race was difficult with the wind but that time was still one of our best in the past two years,” Roth stated.
Freshman Bryce Craff and Hanson represented Washington in the long jump, placing 13th and 14th. Craff landed at 15-6½ and Hanson at 14-5½.
Junior Tommy Peterson continued to dominate the field in the shot put, notching his third consecutive first-place finish. Peterson threw a 47-2½ to out-throw the competition by over five inches.
“Tommy keeps winning and we’ll take it. If he can stay around the 49 feet area, he will keep winning,” Roth elaborated.
Junior Tama Leutele came in seventh with a throw of 40-2½ and freshman Karlton Skubal was 16th at 32-5.
Leutele and Skubal also threw the discus for the Demons. Leutele placed ninth with a throw of 101-3 and Skubal came in 13th at 78-4. All the placements for Washington were in Class A.
In Class B, the Columbus Community and Highland boys represented their schools well.
Columbus sophomore Mauricio Ramirez finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.16. Highland senior Kody Wood finished the 100 in 12.01, placing him fifth. Huskie sophomore James McPherson came in 13th in 13.26 and Wildcat freshman Danny Fuentes was 17th in 14.15.
Columbus senior Rickey Rivers finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.17. Finishing just 13 hundredths behind Rivers was Highland senior Chris Ford. Huskie sophomore Nash Oriano placed 16th in 30.83.
In the 400-meter dash senior David Ayala of the Wildcats placed sixth in 1:01.12, just 33 hundredths in front of his classmate Mark Ramirez. Huskies sophomore Tucker Hall placed 11th in 1:02.71 and freshman Matt Hoenig 12th in 1:03.29.
J.D. Lekwa of Columbus placed eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.97, followed by his freshmen teammates Tanner Shellabarger and Derek Tisor, who placed 10th in 2:53.18 and 11th in 2:53.2.
Huskie sophomore Keiffer Sexton had the top 1,600-meter time at 5:11.77. Wildcat senior Efrain Barajas came in right behind Sexton in the standings at 5:23.29. Highland also had freshman Jake Wood place sixth in 5:31.7 and sophomore Jared Gringer place 12th in 6:30.93.
Sexton registered another first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:09.9. Columbus sophomore Josh Keller placed fourth in 12:14.59.
Huskie senior Austin McCarthy placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.82. Two spots behind McCarthy in the field was Columbus freshman Tucker Morrisson with a time of 1:14.88.
The Columbus 4x100-meter relay team of senior Lous Garrison, Maur. Ramirez, Rivers and junior Angel Rodriguez placed first with a time of 47.49. The Huskie quartet of senior Greg Barber, freshman Hoenig, senior Tanner Vohnamme and senior Jacob Wilson placed fourth in 50.58.
The 4x200-meter relay team for the Wildcats consisting of freshman Carter Colby, Maur. Ramirez, Rivers and Rodriguez placed second with a time of 1:41.86. The Huskie foursome of Barber, Ford, Wilson and senior Kody Wood garnered another fourth-place finish with a time of 1:46.65.
Highland got a relay win in the 4x400-meter as Ford, McCarthy, J. Wood and K. Wood finished in 3:52.49. Ayala, senior Efrain Barajas, Keller and Mark Ramirez finished fifth in 4:11.43 for Columbus.
The Wildcat team of senior Anthony Garcia, Lekwa, Shellabarger and Tisor took fifth place in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 11:19.09. Huskies Gringer, Hall, McPherson and Oriano came in fifth in 4:27.24.
Rodriguez placed second in the high jump at 6 feet even and Wilson was third at 5-4. Rivers was first in the long jump at 20-9¾. Maur. Ramirez placed second at 19-11, Wilson was sixth at 17-1/4, Barber tied for eighth at 16-11 and McPherson was 11th at 12-1½.
Mark Ramirez finished second in the shot put with a throw of 43-4. Wildcat senior Peter Cano was 10th at 32-8. Columbus’ sophomore Trace Taylor registered a throw of 30 feet, good for 13th place. Fuentes was 18th at 25-1 and freshman Logan Dutton of the Huskies 19th at 20-4.
In the discus throw, Mark Ramirez was the first of four consecutive Wildcat finishes with his throw of 82-3½, placing him 11th. In 12th place was freshman Erik Rees at 74-2½, Taylor took 13th at 69-10½ and freshman Joan Mejia 14th at 68 feet. Dutton was 16th at 36-11.
As a team Columbus Community finished seventh with 111 points. Highland finished ninth in the point standings with 82.