Lynx 4×800 moves into top 5 in 3A; team places 4th

BOONE – It was big-picture time for Nick Thilges, Eric Coleman, Jacob Clabaugh and Ethan Glenn here last night.

The four didn’t bring home the 4×800-meter relay gold medal from the Boone Invitational, but the group of Webster City seniors made a statewide splash by running one of the four fastest times in Class 3A this season.

“All four guys set new seasons’ bests,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said after the group put up a time of 8:12.80 to finish behind only Boone, which now sits third in the class.

Thilges got the Lynx off to a strong start with a 2:02 opening split, and Glenn ran a 1:58 split on the anchor.

WCHS racked up nine top-three places en route to 82 points and a fourth-place result in the team standings. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (102), Boone (100) and Nevada (96) finished in the top three spots.

“We continue to show improvement,” Bussan said. “We had a very good night.”

Senior thrower Boone Myers continues to regain his strength after a long bout of illness, as he won both the shot put (43 feet, 7 inches) and discus (138-1).

The Lynx also claimed the top spot in the 4×100- (45.20) and 4×200-meter (1:34.74) relays.

Nathan Nuehring, Cooper Jaycox, Tanner Hoveland and Cal Zahn teamed up on both gold-medal winning relays.

Jaycox added a runner-up result in the 100 (11.27), as did Corey Keenan in the long jump (18-4).

WCHS will now have a few days to prepare for Monday’s North Central Conference meet, which will take place at Clarion-Goldfield High School in Clarion.