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Raider, Tigerhawk track teams place at Pekin meet

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:22 a.m. CDT

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PELLA — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter and Colfax-Mingo track teams opened the short indoor track season Friday at the Pekin Indoor Track and Field Classic at Central College.

CMB’s Bryce Kemp captured two individual gold medals. Kemp won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4 inches with Raider teammate Zach Huffaker placing second at 19’9”.  On the track, Kemp took first in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.55 seconds with teammate Seth Balke in third at 8.75 seconds.

Balke combined with Jordan Coughenour, Brady Stover and Austin Moorman to claim the gold medal in the shuttle hurdle relay race in 36.8 seconds. Coughenour teamed up with Collin Thompson, Noah Cather and Mark Deutsch for third place in the distance medley relay in 12 minutes, 34.43 seconds.

In the final race of the meet, CMB and Colfax-Mingo went second and third in the boys’ 4x400-meter relay. The Raider foursome of Huffaker, Coughenour, Moorman and Kemp posted a time of 3:44 for second with the Tigerhawk team of Blake Summy, Gabe Simpson, Jimmy Abell and Jake Lietz running the race in 3:49.17.

“That was eight seconds faster than the same four ran earlier in the week at UNI,” Tigerhawk boys’ head coach Matt Barkalow said. “Blake led off in a 55.93-second split and Jake anchored with a 54.4 split. Gabe and Jimmy ran strong in between on legs two and three.”

Summy long jumped for the Tigerhawks with a leap of 17’11 1/2”. Summy combined again with Simpson, Lietz and Abell to run “well in 1:42.13 on the tight-curved 200-meter track” in the 4x200-meter relay, according to Barkalow.

“The entire team gave a great effort at Central, with many underclassmen gaining valuable experience,” Barkalow said. He did not have a complete list of results available for the Tigerhawk boys.

It was the second meet of the season for some of the Colfax-Mingo boys. The Tigerhawk boys go to the Iowa State Indoor Classic Thursday then back to Central on Thursday.

CMB’s Zach Samson won the shot put event with a throw of 54 feet. Patrick Girard placed second at 50’ 3/12”. Coughenour was third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’10”.

Hunter Gunderson, Cather, Balke and Moorman posted a third-place time of 9:11 in the 4x800-meter relay race.

“Overall, we were very pleased with our initial efforts tonight. I thought that all of our guys, varsity and JV, competed hard,” CMB boys‘ head coach Neil Seales said.

IN THE GIRLS’ division Colfax-Mingo and CMB had medal-winning performances in the first meet of the season for both the Tigerhawks and Raiders.

CMB’s Maddy Poage earned the silver medal in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4’9”. She combined with Toni Spencer, Bridget Hurley and Mackenzie Schmitz to take second in the 55-meter shuttle hurdle relay race in 30.94 seconds

“For the first indoor meet of the year, I am satisfied with our efforts and performances tonight,” CMB girls’ head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “It was nice to see Mackenzie Schmitz back running, after missing last season with a torn ACL.”

Poage and Schmitz combined with Abbie Haupert and Kathleen Baldwin for third place in the 4x200-meter relay race in 1:59.50. Schmitz earned the fourth-place medal in the 55-meter dash in 7.64 seconds.

The Raiders’ 4x400-meter relay team of Hurley, Haupert, Elizabeth Jones and Sydney Ziesman placed fourth in 4:55.03. Spencer was fourth in the long jump at 14’2 1/4” and Megan Ritter finished fifth at 13’10”.

“We had some freshman step up and earn their first high school medals (Kathleen Baldwin, Sydney Ziesman and Megan Ritter). We also had some upperclassman with some great performances, as well,” Meinerts said. “We did some good things and now we have an idea where we are at fitness wise.”

Leading the way for the Tigerhawk girls was sophomore McKinzie Tjaden. She earned the third-place medal in the 55-meter dash in 7.63 seconds and led off the 4x400-meter relay. Combining with Tjaden were Amy Russell, Amanda Woods and Bailey Pease for third place in 4:46.91.

The 8x200 relay team of Jessica Albright, Tessa DeKock, Sara Lahart, Bryanna Bill, Anna Baldwin, Reagan Nichol, Chelsey Lourens and Dakota Brodka placed third in 4:21.31.

“I was very proud of our efforts in the first meet of the season,” Colfax-Mingo girls’ head coach Zach Tomas said. “The girls had great attitudes, and this was a huge first step for us as a team.  

“Bailey Pease and Jessica Albright picked up on where they left off last year with some great times too. Kayla VanDusseldorp opened her season with a career best throw in the shot put (30’4 1/2”).”

The Tigerhawk shuttle hurdle relay team of Brodka, Bill, Anna Blom and DeKock earned the fourth-place medal in 51.45 seconds. Pease combined with Lahart, Shepley and DeKock to take fourth in the 4x800-meter relay in 12:28.03. Brodka was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.79 seconds.

Colfax-Mingo travels to Ames today for the ISU Invitational. Colfax-Mingo and CMB return to Central College on Thursday.

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