WCHS, TCHS win meet’s team titles

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Considering the wind and the cooler temperatures March 30, athletes competed well at the Wilber-Clatonia Invitational.

“We scored in every event. It was an amazing day for us,” Wilber-Clatonia Boys’ Coach Lynn Jurgens said.

The Wolverines won the boys’ competition with 141.5 points. Second-place Freeman scored 75.

“We had a lot of good performances,” Jurgens said.

Lucas Jacobsen won the 100-meter dash in 11.41 seconds and was second in the 200. He also ran the first leg of the champion 4x100-meter relay team. Carter Skleba, Mason Combs and Will Wenz ran the relay, as well.

Wenz was the 400-meter dash champion with a time of 56.2 seconds. He also ran on the silver-medal 4x400-meter relay team with Dawson Hoover, Houston Broz and Thomas Lokken.

Lokken won the 3,200-meter run in 10:53.96 and was second in the 1,600. He anchored the first-place 4x800-meter relay team and ran with Dawson Hoover, Wenz and Jon Zoubek.

Combs took top honors in the long jump with a jump of 19-9 and was third in the triple jump and high jump.

Tyson Kreshel had the winning throw of 42-11.75 in the shot put and finished second in the discus.

Hoover added a second-place finish in the 800-meter run. Broz scored third place in the 300-meter hurdles.

“It was a total team effort, so many different kids in different events,” Jurgens said. “Even those who didn’t compete were there to cheer and support their friends. That goes a long way.”

Girls’ Coach Stacey Brandt said the team did pretty well on the day.

Carly Rains won gold for the Wolverines in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 18.03 seconds. She was also second in the 300-meter hurdles.

Aspen Oliver scored points in both discus, where she was third with a throw of 98-4, and the shot put, where she was fifth with a throw of 31-0.25.

Rylee Sand placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 6-6.

“We’re such a young team. We work for all our points,” Brandt said.

She said the team is about where she expected at this time of the season with ground to gain.

The Wolverines are slated to compete at Malcolm Wednesday, April 7, starting at 10 a.m. Their next meet is Tuesday, April 13, at Milford, where events start at 2 p.m.

Tri County third, fourth

The Tri County girls placed third in the team standings with 88 points, and the boys were fourth with 66.

“I’m pleased with the way the team is becoming more competitive,” TCHS Girls’ Coach Dave Jantz said.

Samantha Rainey was the 100-meter dash champion, finishing in 13.25 seconds.

“Sam winning the 100-meter was definitely a highlight. It has been a long time since Tri County won that event,” Jantz said.

Hannah Holtmeier won the 800-meter run in 2:37.86 and anchored the first-place 4x800-meter relay team that finished in 11:18.35. Running with her were Andie Koch, Ella Crawford and Kenzie Strein.

Anna Schmidt tied for first in the pole vault with a height of 8-6, and Morgan Stokebrand placed second in the shot put with a throw of 33-3.25.

Catrina Washburn in the triple jump, Stokebrand in the shot put and Strein in the 1,600-meter run all set personal best marks and placed in their events.

“Several girls set prs but did not place in their event,” Jantz said. “That is what track is all about, improving each week.”

Jack Holsing and Cole Siems had a good day for the boys’ team, Coach Kelly Smith said. Siems was second and Holsing fifth in the triple jump with jumps of 40-6 and 39-5.5, respectively.

“Both Jack Holsing and Cole Siems are starting to get their triple jumping legs back,” Smith said. “We’ve seen big strides already and are excited to see what they can do with the season as a whole.”

Holsing also placed second in the 400-meter dash in 56.29 seconds.

Carter Siems placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.98. Logan Larson was third in the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Smith said sophomore Jackson McNiff, who placed sixth in the discus, is throwing well and improving every week. Senior Drew Garrison continues to do well in the pole vault, where he placed fourth at Wilber.

“Despite a long basketball season, Jack Holsing, Colton Jantzen, Logan Larson, Gavin Weichel, Cole Siems and Carter Siems are all running well and scoring substantial points,” Smith said. “It will be fun to see what they can do in the next few weeks as they become even more ‘track-ready.’ Wrestler Grant Lewandowski is really making an impression in his sprints as well.”

The Trojans were scheduled to compete at Johnson County Central April 6. Their next meet is the Lewiston Invitational Tuesday, April 13, at Pawnee City. TCHS is set to host its Dan Tesar Invite Tuesday, April 20, starting at 10 a.m.

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