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L-S boys win four events to take second in SICL (Hometown Press article)

posted May 13, 2018, 8:36 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

L-S boys win four events to take second in SICL  

The Lynnville-Sully boys proved themselves as one of the best teams in the conference by earning second out of 11 teams at the SICL meet on Tuesday, May 1. The Hawks had the advantage of hosting the meet and were runner-up with 108.5 points behind Belle Plaine’s 155.5 points.

“We are very proud of the team and our overall performances at the SICL meet,” said head coach Mike Parkinson. “While we were hopeful to win, we also know that the SICL is very good in track, and we want to mainly keep improving, which we did! We will keep moving forward and getting better as we prepare for a run at district and state.”

L-S won two running events at the conference meet. The shuttle hurdle team was the fastest in the conference with a time of 1:00.27, and was run by senior Carson Dunsbergen, junior Tyson Vander Linden, senior Corey McCoy, and junior Gage Vander Leest.

Senior Corey McCoy jumps a hurdle on his way to winning the 400-m hurdles at Montezuma.

Vander Leest was also a conference champ in the 110-m high hurdles, earning first in 15.64.

The field events scored many points for L-S. Junior Rylan James earned the conference title in the shot put with a throw of 48’01”, and junior Grant Wehrle placed fourth with a throw of 41’3.5”.

Senior Drake Ehresman was the conference champ in the high jump, clearing 5’10”, while senior Carson Dunsbergen tied for third with a jump of 5’8”.

“I thought the team gave their best effort on the night,” Carson Dunsbergen said. “The field events scored many points for us, giving the team a strong start. The team placed second overall in our conference, and while we didn’t get first, our effort was outstanding.”

Ehresman placed second in the long jump with a leap of 19’11.5”, and sophomore Kinnick McFarland placed eighth with a 17’08” jump.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk threw 116’04” in the discus for seventh with James right behind him in eighth (114’4”).

L-S had several events come up just short of first place. The 4x100 team tied for second with a time of 45.50 and was run by Vander Leest, senior Sage Zylstra, junior Nate Stock, and McCoy. McCoy also placed second in the 200-m dash in 23.72 and was a part of the sprint medley team with senior Kemper Lukehart, Zylstra, and Stock that earned second in 1:39.9.

In the 400-m hurdles, Carson Dunsbergen placed fourth with a time of 1:01.89. The 4x800 medley relay also placed fourth with a time of 9:25.84 and was run by junior Hannes Van der Meer, senior Cody Gibbs, McFarland, and junior Ty Breeden.

Junior Nate Stock runs his leg of the 4x200 at the conference meet last Tuesday. L-S placed sixth in the event.

Van der Meer placed fifth in the 800-m run with a time of 2:15.25, and Zylstra was clocked at 11.95 seconds in the 100-m dash for fifth.

Vander Leest, McFarland, Van der Meer, and Carson Dunsbergen ran the 4x400 in 3:49.04 for fifth.

The 4x200 team (sophomore Ethan Wyma, Zylstra, Mc-Farland, and Stock) placed sixth with a time of 1:40.48.

The distance med-ley relay came in eighth with a time of 4:16.41. Runners were Lukehart, Jesse Van Wyk, Breeden, and freshman Blake Rea.

Gibbs placed eighth in the 1600-m run with an overall time of 5:31.16.

Two Hawks – Vander Linden and Ehresman – suffered injuries at the conference meet so did not compete in as many events as normal.


                Later in the week, the Hawk boys traveled to Newton for the 60th annual Newton Cardinal Relays. With Vander Linden and Ehresman still injured and a few other athletes not in attendance, the Hawks were still able to find success around the track and in the field events. L-S finished sixth out of eight with several bigger schools finishing at the top. The meet was originally supposed to take place on Thursday, May 3, but due to bad weather, the meet was moved to Friday.

“We're proud of the ways we competed on Friday,” Parkinson said. “The weather was perfect, and our team was flexible to make the change to Friday. Cardinal Relays is always a good one to compete in, and I'm proud of how we stepped up time and time again.”

Just like earlier in the week, Vander Leest earned first in the 110-m high hurdles with a time of 15.70.

“It felt really good to be able to run at the Cardinal Relays,” Vander Leest said. “It is always a fun meet with a lot of fast times. I was okay with my time in the high hurdles, but the goal is to keep getting faster. I am excited to get into the postseason and see what districts and state has in store for the team.”

Another first-place finish was earned by McCoy, who ran the 400-m hurdles in 57.04. Rea finished behind him in sixth with a personal best time of 1:04.95.

As they’ve done all year, the field events accumulated a lot of points for the Hawks. James earned second in the shot put with a throw of 46’7” and third in the discus with a personal best of 128’02”. Jesse Van Wyk placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 117’. Carson Dunsbergen jumped 5’4” in the high jump to take sixth and leaped 18’8.25” in the long jump to place fourth. McFarland jumped a personal best of 18’5.25” to place eighth in the long jump.

To start off the running events, the Hawks earned fourth in the sprint medley. Zylstra, Stock, Vander Leest , and  Hannes Van der Meer put up a time of 1:46.09.

In the shuttle hurdle relay, the Hawks placed fifth in 1:05.49. Team members were Carson Dunsbergen, Vander Leest, McFarland, and Rea.

Zylstra, Stock, Breeden, and Gibbs ran in the distance medley relay and got fifth with a time of 4:05.79.

In the 4x200 relay, Wyma, Jesse Van Wyk, Rea, and McFarland came in sixth with a time of 1:45.10.

Every year at the Cardinal Relays, they have a weightmen’s 4x100. This relay must consist of just throwers, and whoever wins gets free pizza from the concession stand. With a time of 51.66, the relay of Squires, Jesse Van Wyk, junior Grant Wehrle, and James finished in fourth place.

There was also a regular 4x100 relay which consisted of Carson Dunsbergen, McCoy, Stock, and Vander Leest. They finished in fourth in 46.42 seconds.

In the last event of the night, McFarland, Breeden, Wyma, and Gibbs ran in the 4x400 and finished in sixth with a time of 4:01.06.


                On a beautiful Monday night, May 7, the L-S boys headed to Montezuma for the last track meet before the district meet. Like the Tuesday before, L-S placed second behind Belle Plaine.

The Hawks won six events at the Darrell Brand Relays, with three of those wins coming from the field events. McFarland won the long jump with a leap of 17’9.5”. James set a personal record of 48’9” while claiming the shot put, and Carson Dunsbergen cleared the bar set at 5’10” to win the high jump.

Other field events that placed were James in the discus (fourth, 120’), Jesse Van Wyk in the discus (fifth, 111’7”), Wehrle in the shot put (fourth, 38”11”).

Three L-S athletes won individual running events at Montezuma. Vander Linden was back competing to claim the 400-m dash in 55.37 seconds. Vander Leest earned first in the 110-m hurdles in 16.02 seconds. In the 400-m hurdles, McCoy and Rea went one-and-four with times of 57.63 and 1:05.26.

Other individual results included Gibbs placing third in the 1600 in 5:23.57, Squires finishing fifth in the 100-m dash in 12.88 seconds, and Breeden coming in sixth in the 800-m dash with a time of 2:26.73.

The top finish in the L-S relays came from the distance medley team of Wyma, Breeden, Carson Dunsbergen, and Gibbs. They earned second in 4:05.03.

The 4x100 team (Vander Leest, Stock, Carson Dunsbergen, Zylstra) clocked a time of 46.47 for third. The 4x100 weightmen’s team (Lukehart, James, Squires, Jesse Van Wyk) earned first in their heat.

In other relays, the sprint medley grabbed third in 1:39.98. Runners were Zylstra, Stock, McCoy, and Vander Leest. The 4x400 team (McFarland, Ehresman, Wyma, Breeden) crossed the finish line in fourth in 3:55.61. McFarland, Rea, freshman Carter Dunsbergen, and Lukehart placed fifth in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:15.20. Another fifth-place finish came from the 4x200 team (freshman Payton Van Wyk, Jesse Van Wyk, Lukehart, Wyma) in 1:47.43.

The Hawks have now turned their focus to the state-qualifying meet that will take place at BGM this Thursday, May 10. Go Hawks!