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Runner-up for L-S boys at second outdoor meet (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 13, 2018, 6:22 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org

In the midst of a wet and unseasonably cool week, the L-S boys track team managed to get in a track meet at Pekin on Thursday, Apr. 5. Due to bad weather projected for the next day, the Hawks picked up the boys-only meet in Pekin in order to get a meet in last week. Only six other teams competed at the meet: Pekin, Cardinal, English Valleys, Keota Moulton-Udell, and Van Buren. Pekin claimed first place with 186 points, and the Hawks placed second with 128 points.

“Thursday was a great night to run,” said L-S Coach Mike Parkinson. “We saw some very high levels of competition, and we improved as a team. While we took second overall, we raised the bar of expectations and found we have a lot of work to do. But at the same time, we also realized our team has great potential this season, and through hard work and sacrifice, we can achieve great things together.”

Freshman Carter Dunsbergen holds himself in his blocks, ready to begin his race.

Once again, the field events were huge for the Hawks. L-S claimed first and third in the shot put with junior Rylan James winning the event with a throw of 45’10” and junior Grant Wehrle placing third with a throw of 40’2.50”.

The Hawks also claimed first and third in the high jump with senior Drake Ehresman coming out on top with a jump of 5’8” and senior Carson Dunsbergen placing third with a jump of 5’8” also.

“I did not jump as good as I would like, but it was good to get a meet in this week so we could improve,” said Ehresman.

In the long jump, Ehresman placed second with a leap of 18’11”.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk placed third in the discus with a throw of 112’7”. James’ throw of 105’3” was good for fifth.

Junior Hannes Van der Meer runs a solid 800-m, placing second in 2:16.86.

Junior Tyson Vander Linden earned the Hawks’ only first-place finish in the running events. He crossed the finish line first in the 400-m dash with a time of 51.99.

In other high-placing individual events, junior Gage Vander Leest placed second in the 110-m high hurdles with a time of 16.39. Junior Hannes Van der Meer claimed second in the 800-m run in 2:16.86.

The 4x800 relay placed second with a time of 10:06.03. Senior Cody Gibbs, junior Ty Breeden, freshman Blake Rea, and Van der Meer were on that team.

The shuttle hurdle team, made up of Vander Linden, Dunsbergen, senior Corey McCoy, and Vander Leest, placed second with a time of 1:01.09.

Junior Tyson Vander Linden anchors the last event of the night at Pekin, the 4x400, taking second.

With a time of 1:37.53, the 4x200 relay also placed second, run by senior Sage Zylstra, junior Nate Stock,  Ehresman, and McCoy.

The Hawks placed second in the last two events of the night, the 4x100 and 4x400. The 4x100 team of Zylstra, Ehresman, senior Kemper Lukehart, and Stock ran a time of 47.96. The 4x400, run by Vander Leest, McCoy, Carson Dunsbergen, and Vander Linden, finished in 3:41.46.

The Hawks placed third in the first running event of the night, the sprint medley, with a time of 1:46.56. Team members were Zylstra, Lukehart,  Stock, and Van der Meer.

In the distance medley, Lukehart, Rea, Breeden, and Gibbs placed fifth with a time of 4:22.24.

Rea also earned fifth in the 400-m hurdles, clocking in at 1:08.78. Another hurdler, freshman Carter Dunsbergen, claimed eighth in the 110-m hurdles in 22.82.

Junior Nate Stock flies down the track in the 4x200 that placed second.

Gibbs ran the 1600-m run with a time of 5:41.80 and placed sixth overall. He was followed closely by Breeden in seventh with a time of 5:47.14.

Next up for the Hawks was a co-ed meet set for Tuesday, Apr. 10, at Pella Christian High School. The Hawk boys and girls will also be at Colo-NESCO this Friday, Apr. 13.

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