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L-S boys continue domination with two meet wins (Hometown Press article)

posted May 4, 2018, 8:49 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully
    Two team wins in two meets last week have positioned the Lynnville-Sully boys track team with good experience and momentum heading into the conference meet this week. The Hawks won both the Eddyville and PCM meets prior to the SICL Meet set for Tuesday, May 1.

EBF Rocket Relays

                The successful week started on Tuesday, Apr. 24, with the L-S boys at Eddyville to compete in the annual Rocket Relays. The Hawks finished at the top of the two-class boys meet, defeating Ankeny Christian, English Valleys, Keota, Montezuma, Moulton-Udell, Ottum-wa JV, and Tri-County.

“Tuesday night was a great win for the Hawks!” said L-S Head Coach Mike Parkinson. “We were at full strength and really competed at a high level. We see our times coming down and our marks going up, which we must continue to do as we prepare for the SICL bout and the district meet.”

The field events gave the Hawks a strong start on the night, scoring multiple points in each event. Junior Rylan James placed first in shot put with a throw of 47’-03”, and classmate Grant Wehrle placed third with a throw of 38’-04.75”. Senior Drake Ehresman cleared 5’10” in the high jump, which was good enough for first place, while senior Carson Dunsbergen jumped 5’8” and took second. In long jump, Ehresman earned gold with a jump of 20’01.75”, while junior Kinnick McFarland placed third with a jump of 18’2.25”. Senior Jesse Van Wyk came in third in discus with a throw of 108’08”, and Wehrle placed fourth with a throw of 107’02”.

“I thought the field events went really well for not only me but my teammates as well,” Ehresman said. “We scored many points in this area, which was a big contribution to our team.”

Gage Vander Leest passes on the baton to 4x100 teammate Sage Zylstra. L-S placed first in the event at EBF.

The first running event to score on the night was the sprint medley of juniors Evan Squires, Nate Stock, and Tyson Vander Linden and senior Kemper Lukehart. The Hawks placed first in this relay with a total time of 1:42.36. The Hawks went on to win six other running events.

The shuttle hurdle team of Carson Dunsbergen, Vander Linden, senior Corey McCoy, and junior Gage Vander Leest placed first with a time of 1:00.56. Vander Leest also placed first in the 100-m high hurdles with a time of 15.38, and Vander Linden won the 400-m hurdles with a time of 58.79. Freshman Blake Rea came in fourth in the 400-m hurdles with a time of 1:06.30.

The 4x100 meter relay placed first with a time of 45.60 and was run by Vander Leest, senior Sage Zylstra, Stock, and Vander Linden.

McCoy placed first in the 400-m dash with a time of 54.54, and Carson Dunsbergen placed third with a time of 57.53.

“It was a great night to run. We had a lot of success on and off the track with placing in multiple events. All these points add up quick, which gets us our victories,” said Carson Dunsbergen.

The Hawks went out with a bang in the last event of the night, the 4x400 relay. Carson Dunsbergen, junior Hannes Van der Meer, Vander Leest, and McCoy won the race in 3:40.20.

L-S had plenty of other events place at Eddyville. The 4x200 relay placed second with a time of 1:40.87. Team members were sophomore Ethan Wyma, Zylstra, McFarland, and Stock. McCoy placed second in the 200-m dash with a time of 23.28, and Wyma placed sixth with a time of 26.01.

Zylstra grabbed third in the 100-m dash with a time of 11.81, and Van der Meer claimed third in the 800-m run in 2:18.90.

Hannes Van der Meer presses on to a third-place finish in the open 800 at EBF.

The distance medley placed fourth with a time of 4:24.83 and was run by Wyma, Van Wyk, Rea, and Gibbs.

The 4x800 relay placed fourth in 9:41.14 and was run by Van der Meer, McFarland, Wyma, and  Rea.

Senior Cody Gibbs earned fourth in the 3200-m run with a time of 12:30.69, and freshman Carter Dunsbergen placed fifth with a time of 15:11.62.

The 4x100 weight-men placed second in their heat with a time of 50.20. Squires, Van Wyk, Wehrle, and James ran this event.


                Just a couple days later on Thursday, the L-S boys found themselves in Class B with seven other teams at PCM, including Collins-Maxwell, Keota, Melcher-Dallas, Montezuma, North Mahaska, Twin Cedars, and Wayne. Despite the windy conditions, the Hawks still came out and scored 156 points for the team trophy. They outscored the second-place team, Montezuma, by 40.

“I was impressed by two things on Thursday night — our drive to compete and our will to win, no matter the wind,” said L-S Coach Parkinson.

The Hawks started the night off strong by scoring 57 points in the field events. In the high jump, Ehresman placed first again with a jump of 5’10”, and Carson Dunsbergen placed second with a jump of 5’8”. The Hawks placed first and third in the shot put with James winning the shot put with a throw of 47’1.5” and junior Grant Wehrle placing third with a toss of 38’9.25”.

In the long jump, the Hawks took second and fifth place with Ehresman jumping 19’6.5” and Vander Leest leaping 17’ 4.5”.

In the discus ring, Van Wyk placed third with a throw of 116’5” and James set a PR and placed fourth with a throw of 114’ 03”.

The hurdling events were once again a source of success for L-S. The shuttle hurdle team of Dunsbergen, McCoy, Vander Leest and Vander Linden ran a time of 1:01.05 to take first place. Individually, Vander Leest also placed first in the 110-m high hurdles with a time of 16.57, and freshman Carter Dunsbergen placed eighth with a time of 21.36. The Hawks placed first and fifth in the 400-m hurdles with Vander Linden winning in 57.01 and Rea placing fifth with a time of 1:05.65.

The other first-place finish at PCM came from McCoy in the 200-m dash with a time of 23.99.

“My time wasn’t very good because the front stretch had a bad head wind, but I won so I was still excited,” said McCoy.

McCoy also ran in the 400-m dash, claiming third in 53.66 seconds.

The Hawks ran a time of 9:25.78 and placed second in the 4x800, which included Gibbs, Breeden, Rea, and Van der Meer. In the last event of the night, the Hawks placed second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:45.06. Carson Dunsbergen, Vander Leest, Van der Meer, and McCoy filled this relay.

The 4x200 placed fourth with a time of 1:42:43, which included Lukehart, Carson Dunsbergen, Rea, and Zylstra.

Zylstra also placed fourth in the 100-m dash with a time of 12.56, and Squires came in eighth with a time of 13.07.

The Hawks started the running events off with a fifth-place finish in the sprint medley with a time of 1:49.2. Lukehart, Stock, Zylstra, and Wyma ran this relay.    In the 4x100 relay, Wyma, Van Wyk, Lukehart, and Squires also placed fifth with a time of 50.23. Another fifth-place finish came from Van der Meer in the 800-m run with a time of 2:22.51.

Wyma, Van Wyk, Breeden, and Gibbs took home sixth place in the distance medley with a time of 4:13.40.

In the 1600-m run, Gibbs placed seventh with a time of 5:40.65.

Next up for the Hawks was the conference meet on Tuesday, May 1,  in Sully. The boys will be at Newton this Thursday and at Montezuma on Monday, May 7. The boys’ state-qualifying meet will be at BGM on Thursday, May 10. Go Hawks!