WCHS boys win 3 events, take 4th at Classic

BOONE – Relying heavily on its veteran middle distance runners, the Webster City boys’ track team picked up points where it expected en route to a fourth-place finish at yesterday’s Boone Classic.

The Lynx claimed three gold medals courtesy of the 4×100-, 4×800- and 1,600-meter medley relays, as well six runner-up results. They finished with 44 points, only eight behind runners-up Boone and Greene County (52). Algona (96) dominated the meet.

“We had a number of events show improvement,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “The team should get stronger and stronger.”

Nick Thilges, Jacob Clabaugh, Eric Coleman and Ethan Glenn again teamed up to dominate the 4×800 in a time of 8:20.54 – the fourth-fastest clocking by a 3A school this season, according to quikstatsiowa.com.

Coleman put distance on the field on the third leg and Glenn left no doubt on the anchor, leading to a 20-second cushion on the field.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress of the (4×800) … and we still have room for improvement,” Bussan said.

Coleman and Glenn ran the final two legs of the medley (3:41.77). Nathan Nuehring and Cal Zahn ran the 200 legs.

Zahn – just hours after competing at the Drake Relays – anchored the 4×100 (44.89) to gold. Nuehring opened the relay, followed by Cooper Jaycox and Tanner Hoveland.

Second-place finishes went to Boone Myers in the shot put (42 feet, 8 inches) and discus (130-3); Fernando Martinez in the high jump (5-4); Lucas Poland in the 110 high hurdles (16.77); Thilges in the open 800 (2:05.47); and the shuttle hurdle relay (1:04.62) of Hoveland, Cody Blair, Martinez and Poland.

Myers is still trying to recuperate after a long and draining bout with mono.