PREP TRACK: Cougars lead area contingents at Hudson Co-ed

HUDSON – Weather played a factor in Monday’s Hudson co-ed Invitational but most of the meet went on as scheduled and several area athletes recorded top finishes.

There was no final team score tallied because the final two events did not take place.

AGWSR fared the best among the area teams, but East Marshall, South Hardin, GMG and Grundy Center all had athletes competing at a high level.

The Cougars scored four first-place individual finishes as Isaac Montes won the 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 30.03 seconds, while Evan Janssen won the high jump, Clay Meinders claimed victory in the shot put and Nick Pieters reigned supreme in the long jump. The AGWSR distance medley team also won on the boys’ side.

Josh Bagley placed second in the 400 hurdles and Kyle Lippert was second in the discus for the Cougars, while Montes took third in the 1,600 and the 4×200 relay team also was third. Jessica Lippert was third in the 800 on the girls’ side and the girls distance medley team was second as well.

Montes came into the evening with the top time in Class 1A in the 1,600. His best time this season is 4:36.05 but he crossed the line in 4:52.44 on Monday.

The East Marshall boys recorded three first-place finishes. Ben Terrones won the 1,600 in 4:48.85, while Mitch Berry took home the gold in the 200 and the 4×800 team of Drew Schossow, Walker Steward, Caleb Benzing and Terrones also won.

Zach Rubenbauer also was second in the 400 and fourth in the 200.

The South Hardin girls and the GMG girls both came home with an individual champion.

South Hardin’s Claire Damon won the 3,000 with a time of 11:43.49, while GMG junior Caitlin Appelgate took home the top spot in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 1 inch. South Hardin’s Sarah Boomgarden also jumped 5-1 but took third because she had more misses. Both Appelgate and Boomgarden will compete at the Drake Relays on Friday morning. Brooke Morgan of Dike-New Hartford also jumped 5-1 and placed second.

Boomgarden also was third in the 200 and 100, while Kayla Prosser was third in the long jump for South Hardin. Lydia Rose grabbed the silver in the 800, as well.

GMG also got strong finishes from Sara Hinson in the shot put and Autumn Rosacker in the discus. Hinson was second with a throw of 30-0, while Rosacker placed third in the discus following her best mark of 86-8.

Grundy Center’s best individual finishes came from Dylan Lyman on the boys’ side and Heather Hook on the girls’. Lyman was third in the long jump with a leap of 18-9, while Hook was fourth in the high jump – behind Appelgate and Boomgarden – with a jump of 5-0.

The Spartans’ best events came in the relays. Both 4×800 teams placed second, while the Spartan girls won the distance medley relay and took second in the sprint medley.

Names in the relay teams were not given to the T-R by press time.

The Grundy Center boys will compete at the South Tama Invitational today at 5 p.m. East Marshall, Grundy Center and South Hardin will compete in a girls’ meet at Dike today at 5 p.m. AGWSR has a co-ed meet today at Aplington-Parkersburg.

BCLUW boys meet

CONRAD – Despite a pair of first-place finishers, the BCLUW boys track team found itself at the bottom of the standings at the Comet Invite Monday.

Dike-New Hartford (81.5 points) held off Vinton-Shellsburg (75.5.) for the team title, while Montezuma (53) edged the Comets by three points for third in the four-team field.

Derek Coulter won the 1,600, while the BCLUW also took the shuttle hurdle relay. Most times and relay member names were not available.

Sawyer Anderson took runner-up in the high jump with a height of 5-8, while Isaac Novak followed suit in the 3,200. Taylor Sams and Luke Asche also claimed silver in the 400 and 400 hurdles respectively, while the Comets added second place finishes in the 4×800 (8:55.83) and 1,600 medley relay (4:04.09).

Asche brought home bronze in the 110 high hurdles, while Coulter and Carter King achieved the same place in the 800 and 400 hurdles respectively. The Comets added a third-place relay performance in the 4×400.

BCLUW will compete at the South Tama County Relays today at 5 p.m. in Tama.

Redhawk girls take third

BELLE PLAINE – Abi Watson and Josie Youel both won individual gold medals and then teamed up to help win the North Tama girls track team a relay gold Monday during action at the Belle Plaine invitational.

Watson won the 3,000-meter run in 11 minutes, 32.31 seconds and Youel took home a first-place tally in the long jump.

Both performances led the Redhawks to a third-place finish as a team. North Tama scored 81 points on the night and trailed second-place Belle-Plaine by 17. Des Moines Christian ran away with the team title, scoring 185 points.

The North Tama boys were led by a pair of individual second-place finishes from Mitchell Boerm and Max Markussen, but the Redhawks placed fifth as a team with 56 points.

Winning the boys’ team title was Lisbon, which finished with 120 points. Belle Plaine was second (112) followed by West Branch (96) and Lone Tree (70).

Aside from winning the 3,000, Watson also placed second in both the 800 and 1,500. And it was Watson and Youel who teamed up with Shannon Stuart and Tiffany Singketk to win the 4×200 relay. That foursome crossed the line in 2:00.69.

Youel’s winning leap in the long jump was 15 feet, 11 3/4 inches. Stuart also took third in the 100 as she hit the line in 14.03. Sam Watson was fourth in the 800.

Boerm’s second-place finish in the high jump was marked at 5-6, while Markussen’s silver medal came in the discus following a throw of 125-5.

The Redhawks also were second in the 4×100 relay and the distance medley relay.

The 4×100 team included Clayton Blocker, Max Morgorean, Jacob Watson and Jacob Wrage and they crossed the line in 48.02. The distance medley team consisted of Blocker, Watson, Boerm and Dalton Hulme and that second-place performance was clocked at 3:59.07.

Morgorean was third in the high jump with a leap of 5-4 1/4. Boerm and Wrage also grabbed fourth-place finishes in the 400 and 110 high hurdles, respectively.

North Tama next competes today at the Simon Relays in Dike. Joined by BCLUW, East Marshall, Grundy Center and South Hardin, the meet will kick off at 5 p.m.

Four run at Bengal Relays

GILBERT – Paced by a pair of third place finishes from Tim Rose, the South Hardin boys’ track team placed seventh out of eight squads with 40 points at the Bengal Relays Monday.

Gilbert (108.5) held off North Polk by five points for the team title, while Iowa Falls-Alden (86) completed the top three.

Rose brought home bronze in the 1,600 (4:41.73) and the 3,200 (10:33.08), while Levi Cook’s 1:00.66 earned runner-up in the 400 hurdles. David Shindelar took third in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, one inch.

Led by a trio of victorious relays and a 3,200 victory from Nathan Bradley, the West Marshall boys track team finished fourth in the Class B division.

Madrid (118) edged out South Hamilton (114) and Van Meter (111) in a three-team battle for the top spot, while the Trojans tallied 92 points. GMG was seventh (27), while Colo-NESCO rounded out the eight-team field with 19 points.

Bradley broke the tape in 10:51.13 in the 3,200, while West Marshall won the 4×100 (45.56), 4×200 (1:34.23) and distance medley (4:05.95).

West Marshall used the same quartet of Devin Chesler, Elijah Streeter, Justin Weitzell and Duncan Ferch to win both sprint relays, while Rafael Rodriguez, Marcus Webber, Alex Billman and Jake Thompson joined forces on the distance medley.

Ferch (23.75) and Streeter (23.97) added a 2-3 finish in the 200. Colby Dunn’s toss of 138-06 earned second in the discus, before the Trojan foursome of Nick Juel, Tyler O’Donnell, Jake Pszanka and Tanner Arnold tallied second in the 4×400 (3:50.63).

GMG’s Brock Fisher tied for runner-up in the long jump at a height of 5 feet, 6 inches. Colo-NESCO’s Tyler Erickson raced to bronze in the 400 (55.55), while Jake Webb followed suit in the discus (133-02).

GMG will compete at the Simons Relays Friday in Dike.