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Hawk boys keep rollin’, win their class at BGM (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 27, 2017, 7:31 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

Hawk boys keep rollin’, win their class at BGM

Another meet, another win for the L-S boys track team. The Hawks dominated Class B at BGM on Tuesday, Apr. 18, beating English Valleys, HLV, Iowa Valley, Keota, Meskwaki, and Tri-County. The L-S boys won seven events and soared over second-place HLV by 46 points.

“We had another great night as a team,” said head coach Mike Parkinson. “Collectively, we put together another winning line-up, and the guys stepped up again. We had some great times run, and it was exciting to see the progress guys are making. We still have a lot to work on, but it's great to see a young team grow into an experienced one.”

In the field events, the Hawks had two first places, two second places, and three fifth places overall. L-S went first and second in the high jump. Juniors Drake Ehresman and Carson Dunsbergen both cleared 5’8”, but Ehresman cleared in fewer attempts, giving him the win.

Ehresman placed second in long jump, jumping 18’3.5”, and freshman Kinnick McFarland placed fifth with a jump of 17’2.50”.

In shot put, sophomore Rylan James earned first with a throw of 44’1.5” while junior Jesse Van Wyk placed fifth with a heave of 35’11.75”.

Sophomore Grant Wehrle placed fifth in discus with a throw of 93’06”.

The sprint medley relay started off the relays with a second-place finish, running a time of 1:47.12. Team members were senior Colten Arment, sophomore Evan Squires, and juniors Kemper Lukehart and Brevin Hansen.

The Hawks would continue to do well in the relays. The 4x800 relay placed first with a time of 9:41.76, with senior Luke Jones and juniors Cody Gibbs, Elijah Collins, and Hansen.

Junior Kemper Lukehart passes on the baton to freshman Kinnick McFarland in the distance medley. They placed third.

“It was a great night to run, and some of our events showed that in the end with the victory,” said Jones.

Another first-place relay finish went to the 4x400 team of sophomores Gage Vander Leest and Tyson Vander Linden, Hansen, and Carson D. in 3:51.49.

The shuttle hurdle relay team took second in 1:04.15, with Carson D., seniors Caden Dunsbergen and Ryan Hofer, and Vander Leest.

The distance medley team placed third in 4:20.75 with Lukehart, McFarland, freshman Ethan Wyma, and Jones. The 4x200 also took third, finishing in 1:41.38 with Caden D., James, Ehresman, and sophomore Nate Stock.

The 4x100 relay placed third with Caden D., Hofer, Stock, and James running 47.69. The weightman’s 4x100 relay placed fifth overall with a time of 51.72 and runners freshman Zane Fraker, Wehrle, Squires, and Van Wyk.

In the 110-m high hurdles, Hofer and Vander Leest went first and second with times of 16.06 and 16.89. The 400-m hurdles were also Hawk-dominated with Vander Linden claim-ing first in 58.27 and Carson D. taking second with a time of 1:00.89.

In the 400-m dash, the Hawks placed first and second with .03 seconds separating Vander Linden (51.52) and junior Corey McCoy (51.55). Both of these times were personal bests on the season and are good enough for fourth and fifth place in Class 1A.

McCoy also took second in the 800-m run, where he fought through some severe shin splints to finish in 2:13.75.

Gibbs placed fourth in the 1600-m run with a time of 5:19.76, and J. Dunsbergen came in fifth, five seconds behind.

In the 100-m dash, Stock placed fifth with a personal best time of 12.20.

The boys had the rest of the week off and were scheduled to run at Eddyville-Blakesburg on Tuesday, Apr. 25. They’ll also be at PCM on Thursday before competing for the SICL title in the conference meet next Tuesday, May 2, at Iowa Valley.

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