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Hawk boys battle bigger schools, claim third at PC (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 22, 2018, 9:22 PM by Shane Ehresman

Hawk boys battle bigger schools, claim third at PC

Facing schools from bigger classes, the Lynnville-Sully boys showed they can compete at a high level at the PC Invitational on Tuesday, Apr. 10. The boys ended the night in third place with 115 points against several bigger schools, losing to PCM and Pella.

“Coach Corbett and I were very excited about (the) meet at Pella Christian. We really competed with some bigger schools, and our guys stepped up time and time again. We didn't always have our season or personal bests, but I loved how hard we competed and hope that we continue to push ourselves like we did (at Pella Christian),” said head coach Mike Parkinson.

L-S boasted a few first-place finishes at the meet. Senior Carson Dunsbergen cleared the bar at 5’10” in the boys high jump to claim first place. The sprint medley team of seniors Sage Zylstra and Corey McCoy and juniors Nate Stock and Tyson Vander Linden took first place with the time of 1:39.17. The 4x400 team of Carson Dunsbergen, senior Drake Ehresman, and juniors Hannes Van der Meer and Gage Vander Leest also earned gold with a time of 3:44.93. Vander Linden took home another first-place finish in the boys 400-m hurdles with a time of 54.49.

With a couple inches to spare, senior Carson Dunsbergen clears the bar in the high jump, eventually winning the event with a 5’10” leap

In other top finishes, Ehresman cleared the bar at 5’10” to claim second place in the boys high jump. Vander Leest claimed second in the 110-m hurdles with a time of 15.58. McCoy also earned a second-place finish in the 200-m dash with a personal record of 23.64 seconds. The 4x100 team of Zylstra, McCoy, Stock, and Vander Linden placed second with a time of 45.54.

Ehresman leaped 19’3.5” in the long jump and placed third. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Dunsbergen, Vander Linden, McCoy, and Vander Leest also placed third with a time 1:03.30.

Earning fourth-place points was the distance medley team of seniors Kemper Lukehart, Jesse Van Wyk, and Cody Gibbs, and junior Ty Breeden in 4:25.50.

Coming in fifth place was Vander Leest in the long jump with a jump of 18’10.5”. James also earned fifth place in the boys shot put with a throw of 45’1”. The 4x800 team of Blake Rea, Breeden, Gibbs, and Van der Meer also earned fifth with a time of 9:36.22. The 4x200 team of Stock, Ehresman, Dunsbergen, and Zylstra crossed the finish line in 1:39.63 for fifth place.

Jesse Van Wyk tears down the track after receiving the baton from fellow senior Kemper Lukehart in the distance medley. L-S took fourth in the event.

In other individual results, Zylstra earned sixth place in the 100-m dash in 12.07. Van Wyk placed seventh in the discus with a heave of 117’4”. Also taking home a seventh-place finish was Ethan Wyma with a time of 59.74 in the 400-m dash. Earning an eighth-place finish was Van der Meer at the 2:17.94 mark in the 800-m dash and Rea in the 400-m hurdles in 1:06.79. Gibbs competed in the 1600-m run and placed eighth with a time of 5:41.91.

“I think the meet went well,” said junior Tyson Vander Linden. “We matched up with a lot of bigger schools that have very good track programs, and we competed with them well. We won a couple events, and at the end of the meet, we were in the hunt for the team meet champion against all the bigger schools. I feel like we got better as a team, and that's what we need moving forward.”

The boys’ meet at Nevada, scheduled for Apr. 13, was postponed due to the weather. The Hawks planned to be back in action on Tuesday, Apr. 17, at BGM and will then have a week off before competing at Eddyville on Tuesday, Apr. 24.

Junior Tyson Vander Linden (right) does a quick baton exchange with senior Corey McCoy in the sprint medley relay, which the Hawks won at the PC Invitational with a time of 1:39.17.