Washington's sprint relays shine at first outdoor meet
MT. PLEASANT — Prior to the start of the season, Washington head boys’ track and field coach Steve Roth thought his sprint relay teams would be pretty good this spring.
At Thursday’s Mt. Pleasant Co-Ed, Washington’s first outdoor meet of the season, the Demons’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams gave a glimpse of how good they can be.
“I talked in the preseason about how I thought the sprint teams would be pretty competitive, and they are,” Roth said.
Washington’s 4x200 relay team of Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder and Alex Coker took first place, and the quartet’s time of 1:35.40 was especially impressive considering the Demons won the race by nearly three seconds.
“We had a 30-meter lead most of the time last night,” Roth said. “The 4x200 is going to be one of our outstanding events this year. If we get a warm night and some crisp handoffs, I think the 4x200 can qualify for the Drake Relays.”
Later in the night, Washington’s 4x100 relay team of Sivels, Redlinger, Tanner Knupp and Alex Coker took third place in 45.66 seconds, a time nearly good enough to get the Demons in to the Drake Relays in that event.
“I think we’re close,” said Roth, whose quartet of Sivels, Parker Turner, Colin Steele and Jake Redlinger qualified for the Drake Relays with a time of 45.08 seconds last spring. “I think we’re sitting 20th and they take 80, but I’m not going to count on that. I think we’ve set a good starting place, but I think we can go lower. I think we can go 44.”
Roth was very pleased with the way both relay teams ran in their first outdoor meet of the season.
“Those two sprint races were very encouraging,” he said. “Carl Sivels got us out on both of them and gave us a very quality start, which we need from him. Gage was very steady in both races. I thought Kyle Roder gave us an outstanding run in the 4x200, and then Alex Coker anchored both of them. He looks bigger, faster and stronger [than he was last year].”
Coker showed that strength in the long jump, where he had a career-best jump of 21 feet, 3 inches to win the event. On Coker’s first jump of the night, he took off short of the board, but still jumped 19 feet, 10 inches, which would have been good enough to win the event. He then had jumps of 20-3 and 20-5 before nailing a jump of 21 feet, 3 inches in the finals.
“He had some speed built up and he let one go,” Roth said.
That jump will put Coker on the cusp of qualifying for the Drake Relays in the long jump. Roth said that 21 feet, 4 inches was the cutoff last year.
“He’s sitting seventh [in the state] right now,” Roth said. “When you think about the weather and that people are not getting to perform, this might be the year that 21-3 gets in. But I think he’s got a better jump in him. I think he can get better.”
Sophomore Tommy Peterson took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 3 inches.
“A lot of people perform outdoors better than they do indoors, and I think once Tommy gets going, he’ll do better outdoors,” Roth said. “I think Tommy has the potential to throw 46 or 47.”
Freshman Jose Tapia took fourth place in the 100-meter dash in 12.29 seconds, and senior Austin Witt, who is out for track for the first time since his freshman year, finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 25.21 seconds.
“Jose and Austin, those guys are stepping up,” Roth said. “Some of those guys who haven’t been running [at indoor meets] finally got a chance to perform.”
Junior Noah Lebsack finished sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:03.30, and senior Justin Hoffman came in seventh in the 800-meter run in 2:12.27.
“The distance guys have had a good couple of weeks of conditioning, and I thought they performed well,” Roth said.
Washington’s hurdlers struggled a bit in their first outdoor meet. Sophomore Jacob Hennigan, who had a good indoor season, finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.69 seconds, and senior Logan Moeller took sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.24. The Demons’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Hennigan, Moeller, Redlinger and Roder finished fourth in 1:06.64.
“They’ve been working really hard on them,” Roth said of his hurdlers. “I’m assuming their legs are just a little tough right now. But as it warms up they’re going to get better and better.”
So far, that’s what the Demons have been doing this season.
Mt. Pleasant Co-Ed
March 28, 2013
High jump — 6. Austin Witt (W) 5-4.
Long jump — 1. Alex Coker (W) 21-3, 7. Canaan Powell (M-P) 17-5.5.
Shot put — 4. Tommy Peterson (W) 42-3, 14. Dylan Schrock (M-P) 30-7.25, 17. Austin Twinam (W) 30-0.
Discus — 11. Adam Guy (W) 89-9.5, 13. Dylan Schrock (M-P) 80-6.5, 16. Ryan Cortum (M-P) 77-9.
100-meter dash — 1. Ryan Hoffman (M-P) 11.67, 2. Canaan Powell (M-P) 12.01, 4. Jose Tapia (W) 12.29, 20. Hunter Bell (W) 13.53.
200-meter dash — 4. Austin Witt (W) 25.21, 8. Colin Weber (M-P) 25.84, 10. Garrett Covington (W) 25.95, 20. David Fladung (M-P) 29.93.
400-meter dash — 3. Jack Draper (M-P) 54.66, 13. Brody Warth (W) 1:02.95, 16. Chase Litchfield (W) 1:13.42.
800-meter run — 7. Justin Hoffman (W) 2:12.27, 13. Michael Ellingson (W) 2:31.93.
1,600-meter run — 5. Jake O’Donnell (M-P) 5:02.75, 6. Noah Lebsack (W) 5:03.30, 11. Austin Latcham (W) 5:10.30.
3,200-meter run — 3. Jared Draper (M-P) 10:49.03, 6. Zeb Schwartz (M-P) 11:03.94, 14. Curtis Vest (W) 11:55.02.
110-meter hurdles — 5. Jacob Hennigan (W) 16.69, 11. Logan Moeller (W) 20.01.
400-meter hurdles — 6. Logan Moeller (W) 1:06.24.
4x100 — 3. Washington (Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Tanner Knupp, Alex Coker) 45.66, 10. Mid-Prairie (Jake O’Donnell, Zeb Schwartz, Jared Draper, Ty Feigenspan) 52.29.
4x200 — 1. Washington (Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder, Alex Coker) 1:35.40.
4x400 — 3. Mid-Prairie (Jacob Adrian, Colin Weber, Jack Draper, Ryan Hoffman) 3:45.58.
4x800 — 2. Mid-Prairie (Jake O’Donnell, Evan Wild, Ryan Errthum, Ty Feigenspan) 9:01.26.
1,600 medley — 2. Mid-Prairie (Canaan Powell, Ryan Hoffman, Evan Wild, Ty Feigenspan) 3:59.75, 7. Washington (Ethan Hansen, Bryce Rickey, Spencer Woods, Curtis Vest) 4:20.37.
Shuttle hurdle — 4. Washington (Jacob Hennigan, Logan Moeller, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder) 1:06.64.