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L-S boys break two records at season opener (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 31, 2018, 7:41 PM by Shane Ehresman

The Lynnville-Sully boys are off and running on the 2018 track and field season. And if their first meet is any indication, the Hawks have much to look forward to. The boys looked strong against fellow conference teams at the SICL indoor meet at Grinnell College on Monday, Mar. 19, where no team scores were kept.

“It was a fun night,” said L-S Coach Mike Parkinson. “I thought the boys did really well – this was the first time this season that all of us were together, so it was great to see the team in action.”

Highlights from the night included two broken records. The 4x400 returned all team members from last year, and they broke their own record from last year’s meet (3:42.45) with a new time of 3:41.93. Team members were juniors Gage Vander Leest and Tyson Vander Linden and seniors Carson Dunsbergen and Corey McCoy.

After receiving the baton from senior Sage Zylstra, fellow senior Nate Stock sprints away on his leg of the distance medley. The Hawks set a new meet record for the event.

The boys distance medley – a new event for boys track in recent years – had the other broken record. They topped the old record of 3:51.84 by about half a second with a new time of 3:51.37. Medley runners were Sage Zylstra, Nate Stock, Vander Linden, and McCoy.

Picking right up from last year’s success, the L-S field events did very well at Grinnell, winning all three of the indoor field events. In the shot put, juniors Rylan James and Grant Wehrle earned first and second respectively with throws of 46’6” and 41’1”. James was just 2.25” from reaching the shot put record set by L-S grad Sage Ehresman in 2016.

Senior Drake Ehresman finished at the top of both the high jump and the long jump, winning the long jump with a leap of 19’4.75” and tying for first in the high jump after clearing 5’8”. Vander Leest claimed third in the long jump with a mark of 18’10.25”, and Dunsbergen cleared 5’6” in the high jump for fourth place.

All eyes are on senior Drake Ehresman as he goes airborne in the long jump. Ehresman won both the long jump and the high jump at Grinnell.