Zahn, 4×800 capture gold; Lynx vault to 2nd at Charlie Bunn Relays

HUMBOLDT – First place was never an option, but second place was up for grabs and the Webster City boys’ track team went out and seized it Friday at the Charlie Bunn Relays.

Algona dominated from start to finish, piling up 11 event victories and 182 points to take the team title easily. Webster City collected eight top-three performances and scored 87.5 points to land in the runner-up spot ahead of Humboldt (76.5) and Pocahontas Area (71).

“The coaching staff continues to be impressed with the competitive nature of the team,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “Regardless of ability, whenever we find ourselves in position, we battle for every place possible. That attitude makes this group very enjoyable to coach.

“Algona will dominate the area throughout the season.”

Cal Zahn and the 4×800-meter relay snagged gold medals for the Lynx. Zahn cleared 6-foot in the high jump to top the competition and then nearly vaulted over the 6-4 mark he set. Brandon Patten, Ben Mossman, Brandon Arkland and Ryan Heinrichs teamed up on the two-mile relay that clocked a 8:55.35; Mossman ran the fastest split of 2:11.6.

Hurdlers Tanner Hoveland (110 highs) and Tanner Hild (400 lows) both placed second. Hoveland covered the straightaway in 15.68 seconds, while Hild circled the track in 1:01.98.

The two Tanners joined forces with Dylan Fielder and Fernando Martinez to place second in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:03.67), and Hoveland and Martinez were also on the second-place 4×100 (45.93) along with Zahn and Cooper Jaycox.

Jaycox added second-place points in the 200 (23.75).

Hoveland, Patten, Heinrichs and Cory Keenan banded together to finish third in the 1600 medley (3:57.60). Heinrichs turned in a 2:11 anchor 800.

WCHS will resume its season Tuesday when it competes in the Warrior Relays in Gowrie. Field events will begin at 4:30 p.m.