BAXTER — Zach Samson, the defending Class 2A state champion, is on a tear in the shot put ring this season. The Collins-Maxwell/Baxter senior captured another gold medal in the shot put event at Friday’s CMB Raider Relays.
Samson won the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 10 inches — a good three feet ahead of the second-place throw. Second went to his CMB teammate Patrick Girard at 49’4”. Samson edged out another teammate, Clayton Weltha, to win the discus event — 138’9” to 138’7”.
The Raiders were the top team in the seven-team field at the all-boys track meet. CMB piled up 168 points and Gilbert was second with 137 points. Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks took third with 94 points followed by Bonderant-Farrar with 69.
Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustangs scored 35 points for fifth place. Pleasantville was sixth with 34 and Colfax-Mingo’s Tigerhawks were seventh with 20 points.
“We certainly had some ups and downs during the meet, as we might expect this early, but were very pleased with the overall effort,” said Neil Seales, CMB head coach. “The beautiful weather combined with some excellent teams and athletes provided the impetus for some very good performances.”
The Raiders made the most of being at home, winning seven events. Lynnville-Sully won three events on the track. PCM and Colfax-Mingo had several strong performances throughout the events.
CMB went 1-2 in the long jump led by Bryce Kemp’s gold-medal leap of 20’6 3/4”. Zach Huffaker was second at 19’3 1/2”. Colfax-Mingo’s Blake Summy was fifth at 17’10 1/2” with PCM’s Luke Griener taking sixth at 17’9”.
In the shot put, Lynnville-Sully’s Sage Ehresman placed fifth with a toss of 41’3” and PCM’s Connor Warrick took sixth at 38’10”. Ehresman earned fourth place in the discus with a throw of 118’0”, just ahead of PCM’s Logan Gillman in fifth at 117’8”.
One of the most exciting races of the meet came in the 100-meter dash. Lynnville-Sully’s Meliek Meyer holds the Class 1A state record in the 100 meters. Meyer and teammate Bailee Samson qualified and placed at the state meet in the event. Kemp of CMB is the defending Class 2A state champion in the 110-meter high hurdles.
It was a photo finish Friday in Baxter. Meyer won in 10.96 seconds while Kemp was picked second and Samson third, as they both posted times of 10.97 seconds. All three ran the 200-meter dash also. Samson claimed the gold medal in 22.68 seconds followed by Meyer in 23.08, PCM’s Troy Vittetoe in 23.09 seconds for third, and Kemp finished fourth in 23.23.
Kemp would later win the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.53 seconds. Lynnville-Sully’s Darin Hofer was second in that race in 14.59 seconds while his teammate Caden Doll placed fourth in 15.90 and CMB’s Joey Nissen was fifth in 16.00.
“We are very pleased with (Friday’s) results. The Hawks ran, jumped, and threw very well,” said Mike Parkinson, Lynnville-Sully head coach. “I think we took a step in the right direction and we had several guys improve on personal-best marks in their respective events. Meliek and Bailee had another great night, as well as our 4x100, 4x200, shuttle hurdle, distance medley relays. Darin Hofer continued to improve on the high hurdles. Caden Doll and Sage Ehresman each had great nights for us as well.”
Jordan Coughenour was a double gold-medal winner on the track for CMB. He won the 400-meter dash in 51.42 seconds then posted a winning time of 55.57 seconds in the 400-meter hurdle race. In the 400 hurdles, Noah Engle of Lynnville-Sully was third in 1:00.02 and CMB’s Brady Stover finished fourth in 1:00.71.
Colfax-Mingo had a 4-5 finish in the 400-meter dash. Jake Lietz and Blake Summy were separated by .05 of a second. Lietz placed fourth in 54.79 seconds and Summy was right there in fifth at 54.84.
“Our 4x800 started the night off with an outstanding effort, taking 15 seconds off our previous best 2014 team time. Clayton Brown led off with a personal-record 2:12 and Jake Buehrer anchored with a personal-record 2:16,” said Matt Barkalow, Colfax-Mingo head coach. We had strong carries in between by both Jaden Rusk and Jimmy Abell. Jake and Blake ran a great race in the open 400-meter dash.”
The Tigerhawk 4x800-meter relay team finished fourth in 9 minutes, 6.16 seconds. CMB’s foursome of Kayle Cather, Noah Cather, Seth Balke and Austin Moorman ran the race in 8:46.44 for second place. The PCM team of Mark Bruxvoort, Luke Greiner, Maverick McAtee and Matt Chizek was sixth in 9:29.67.
CMB’s Mark Deutsch ran second in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races. He ran the 1,600 meters in 4:53.44 and posted a runner-up time of 10:41.64 in the 3,200 meters. Evan Bianchi of CMB was fourth in the 1,600 in 5:03.62. Colin Thompson placed fourth in the 3,200 meters in 11:2317.
PCM’s McAtee and Chizek ran fifth and sixth in the 1,600-meter race, both had times of 5:06.47. Lynnville-Sully’s Canyon Kuhlmann posted a third-place time of 11:05.62 in the 3,200-meter race and Colfax-Mingo’s Richard Blom finished sixth in the event at 12:34.39.
In the 4x400-meter relay race, the Raider foursome of K. Cather, Hunter Gunderson, Huffaker and Coughenour combined to win in 3:36.96. PCM’s team of Zach Uhlenhopp, Ronnie Marshall, Tyler Dredge and Troy Vittetoe was fourth in 3:42.74 while Colfax-Mingo’s Summy, Gabe Simpson, Abell and Lietz combined for a sixth-place finish in 3:48.90.
Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks captured the gold in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay. The team of Caden Dunsbergen, Hofer, Engle and Doll won in 1:03.53. PCM’s Mustang foursome of Austin Sneller, Greiner, Ethan Webb and Chase Kuecker was third in 1:13.52. Colfax-Mingo’s Blom, Colin Lourens, Sean Borts and Buehrer were fifth in 1:18.16.
CMB’s distance medley relay team was second in 3:59.14. Lynnville-Sully’s Ross Van Wyk, Payton Haack, Brandon Dunsbergen and Kuhlmann combined for third in 4:01.04. Colfax-Mingo’s Juan Gonzales, Kyle Breen, Rusk and Brown were fifth in 4:10.74, edging out the PCM foursome of Marshall, Uhlenhopp, Bruxvoort and Dredge, who ran sixth in 4:10.91.
PCM’s Skyler Koder earned a silver medal in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet. CMB’s Coughenour was third at 5’8”.
In the 800-meter run, Moorman placed fourth in 2:16.32 and Balke was sixth in 2:17. Both are from CMB.
Lynnville-Sully’s 4x100-meter relay team of Samson, Ehresman, Doll and Meyer placed second in 44.71 seconds and CMB’s foursome of Nick Littell, Stover, Dalton Birchmeir and Huffaker was fifth in 47.23.
In the 4x200-meter relay race, Lynnville-Sully’s Haack, Ehresman, Van Wyk and B. Dunsbergen finished fourth, CMB’s Littell, Stover, K. Cather and Huffaker were fifth and PCM’s Marshall, Dredge, Uhlenhopp and Vittetoe came in sixth. The Hawks’ time was 1:38.46 followed by the Raiders at 1:38.53 and the Mustangs at 1:38.96.
“We know how hard our guys have been practicing and now we are seeing some of our guys really starting to understand how hard they have to compete to achieve at the levels individually and as a team that wish to compete. We are continuing to improve and that is certainly the goal each time we get the opportunity to compete,” said Seales of the CMB Raiders.