Open House: Lynx turn in season’s best in front of home fans

WEBSTER CITY – A home meet, sunny skies and uncharacteristically mild temperatures – for this spring anyway – served as the backdrop for the Webster City boys’ track team, which put together its best performance of the season on the Bob Buckley Track last night.

With their handful of seniors providing the lead, the rest of the Lynx followed closely behind en route to a fourth-place finish with 79 points at the Lynx Invitational. The host squad was just six points out second, which was shared by Pocahontas Area and Fort Dodge St. Edmond (85).

“It was our best meet of the year. It was a reasonable night to run and the kids took advantage of it,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “The kids are really making progress.”

Northeast Hamilton – a late addition to the meet – was eighth with 16 points.

Utilizing its deep and talented roster of sprinters, Iowa Falls-Alden coasted to the team championship with 123 points. The Cadets claimed a meet-best seven first-place finishes; they cleaned up in the individual races, winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, as well as the 800 and 400 low hurdles.

Brandon Norman, IF-A’s talented senior who was second to former WCHS standout Keagan Parks in the 100 and 200 at last spring’s state track meet, won both events and anchored the 4×100 last night.

But the Lynx were next-best in terms of gold medals with four. Sophomore Cal Zahn used his spring-like legs to win the high jump, and WCHS also captured the top spot in the 4×400, 4×800 and 1,600 medley relays. Eric Coleman was on all three winning relays, while Ethan Glenn and Nick Thilges competed on two.

“We can score where we have our more experienced kids back,” Bussan said. “That was definitely Cal’s best jumping of the year, and Glenn and Coleman both had great nights.”

Zahn and St. Edmond’s Hank Lentsch both cleared 6-4 – a height that should be good enough to qualify both for the Drake Relays – and were unsuccessful at 6-5.25. Zahn vaulted to the front on the strength of fewer misses.

Glenn’s powerful first leg of the 4×800 put WCHS way out front to stay; Jacob Clabaugh, Coleman and Thilges never gave an inch in pushing the group to a winning time of 8:25.92.

Tanner Hoveland and Fernando Martinez ran the opening two legs, and Coleman and Thilges brought the medley relay crown home in 3:53.31.

Glenn and Coleman were joined by Nathan Nuehring and Cooper Jaycox on the winning 4×400 (3:38.04).

WCHS picked up three more medals; Clabaugh was second in the open 800 (2:12.97), as was the 4×200 (1:38.08). The 4×100 (46.90) took third.

Northeast Hamilton’s only medal came courtesy of Andy Olson in the shot put (40-8); he was third.