L-S boys win conference title, girls place fourth

Lynnville-Sully track and field teams confirmed they have some of the
top athletes in the conference during the SICL Meet on Monday, May 6. Between
the boys and girls teams, the Hawks won the title in six events, and the boys
team was named SICL champion. The L-S girls worked hard for a fourth-place team

                After being postponed a week because
of the weather, Monday’s meet at North Mahaska had much better running
conditions, though the final few races did experience some light rain.


                “It was a great meet,” said L-S
Boys Coach Mike Parkinson. “Our boys put in so much effort, it was
unbelievable. I think we accomplished a lot as a team tonight and even some as
individuals. This is our fifth conference title in eight years, and our team is
really starting to come together.”

                Monday was an historic night for senior Tyson Vander Linden, who won four open events – an accomplishment not attained by any L-S athlete since Parkinson and his assistant coach, Jeff Corbett, started coaching at L-S. Vander Linden won the 100-m dash in 11.25 seconds, the 200-m dash in 23.63, the 400-m dash in 51.36, and the 400-m hurdles in 58.43.

Sophomore Carter Dunsbergen clears the bar with room to spare at the conference meet on Monday. He finished the day in eighth place.

                “This was a tough schedule for
him, but he put each event on his list of goals for the night to help us get to
the team goal of becoming a champion,” Parkinson said. “A lot of other guys
made big sacrifices for the SICL title, and we believe this is a great
launching-off point for our district track meet.”

                Senior Gage Vander Leest had a
speedy night as well and was champion in the 110-m hurdles with a personal
record time of 15.13. He ran in the 400-m hurdles with Vander Linden and placed
third with another PR of 59.87.

                The L-S boys had one other
individual event champion – senior Rylan James in the shot put with a throw of
49’1.75”. He also did well in the discus with a personal best throw of 139’2”
for second place. Senior Grant Wehrle took fifth behind him in the discus with
a 107’7” throw.

                In other field event results,
junior Kinnick McFarland and Vander Leest went four-and-seven in the long jump
with leaps of 19’ and 18’4”. Wehrle threw the shot 38’7.25” for eighth, and
sophomore Carter Dunsbergen cleared 5’2” for eighth in the high jump.

                The Hawks gained points from
several fourth-place finishes in the running events, including sophomore Isaac
Johnson in the 3200 with a PR of 11:45.02. He was followed by classmate Mason
Jansen in fifth (12:05.48). The shuttle hurdle team of Dunsbergen, McFarland,
sophomore Blake Rea, and Jansen earned fourth in 1:11.66. The sprint medley
also placed fourth; juniors Ethan Wyma and Slater Young joined with McFarland
and Vander Leest for a time of 1:41.86.

                Wyma and Young were also on the
distance medley team with I. Johnson and sophomore Kodie Waggoner that placed
fifth in 4:10.9 and were on the 4x100 with McFarland and senior Evan Squires
that earned fifth in 48.01. Wyma and Young also ran with Waggoner and B. Rea in
the 4x400, claiming fifth in 3:59.45.

Junior Slater Young runs his leg of a relay at the conference meet. He helped the Hawks score points in four relay events on Monday.

                The L-S 4x800 team (freshmen
Josh Hardenbrook, Braden Alberts and Brodey Johnson, sophomore CJ Snethen)
finished in seventh in 10:23.90.

                Eighth-place finishes were
earned by I. Johnson in the 1600-m run (PR 5:21.88), Dunsbergen in the 110-m
hurdles (18.01), and the 4x200 team (B. Rea, Hardenbrook, freshman Gage
Elscott, Waggoner) in 1:44.66.


                The L-S girls came in fourth at
the SICL Meet with 81.5 points behind first-place Belle Plaine (122), BGM
(100), and Sigourney (90). The Hawks had two events win conference titles at
North Mahaska: Sophomore Korinne Jansen in the 100-m dash (PR 13.50) and the
4x800 team (sophomores Megan Van Zante, Cayler Noun Harder, and Meleisha Vos,
senior Emily Van Gorp) in 11:13.42.

                The 4x800 group had one of the
more exciting races of the whole night early in the evening as they battled
from start to finish with Iowa Valley. According to L-S Girls Coach Darin
Arkema, “The battle for the lead was back and forth, but in the final 100
meters, Meleisha kicked hard to hang on for the victory by .08 seconds. Megan
had one of her best splits, and both Cayler and Meleisha had their fastest
times of the season.”

                The Hawks’ only runner-up finish
of the night was in the 4x100. Sophomore Dylann Huyser, freshman Reagan
McFarland, junior Mallory Loftus, and Jansen ran the race in 55.10 seconds.

Sophomore Dylann Huyser flies around the track in one of the four relay events in which she competed and scored points on Monday.

                Sophomore Caitlin Alberts had
“probably her best meet of the year,” according to Arkema. She ran three 400s,
each one right around 1:05 in the sprint medley, 4x400, and open 400. Alberts
placed third in the 400-m dash (1:05.63) as well as third in the 4x400 with
sophomore Cally Gibbs, freshman Aysia Vander Linden, and Van Zante (4:39.29).

                Another third-place finish was
earned by McFarland in the 100-m dash in 13.81 seconds. In the 800-m dash, Van
Zante and Van Gorp placed third and eighth, respectively, with times of 2:45.41
and 2:55.58.

                Vos and junior Brittney Hansen
placed fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 1500-m run with times of 6:03.46
and 6:29.04. Hansen also ran in the 3000-m, earning sixth in 14:29.13.

                Both the sprint medley and 4x200
placed fourth. Sprint medley runners were Huyser, Loftus, Gibbs, and Alberts,
finishing in 2:01.27. The 4x200 runners were Huyser, Gibbs, Loftus, and Jansen,
clocking in at 1:58.17.

                The shuttle hurdle team (Loftus,
A. Vander Linden, junior Ashton Thompson, senior Kaylee Maasdam) earned fifth
in 1:21.37. Distance medley runners (Huyser, sophomore Jaden Brand, Thompson,
Noun Harder) placed seventh in 5:12.20.

Sophomore Krystal Van Dyke leaps into the long jump pit while competing at the conference meet.

                In the field events, junior
Janelle Rozendaal threw the discus 84’9” for sixth place, and sophomore Krystal
Van Dyke tied for seventh in the high jump at 4’4”.

                “We had a number of good splits,
open times, and performances, so I was very proud of the girls stepping up
their efforts, having themselves ready to compete, and representing very well,”
Arkema said. “Now we can concentrate our efforts on recovery and fine tuning
the next couple days to be as ready as possible for the state-qualifying meet.”

                L-S athletes will be at the
state-qualifying meet at Sigourney this Thursday, May 9.

                Good luck, Hawks!            

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