An ‘A’ for effort: Lynx show improvement, settle into second at home meet

WEBSTER CITY – Plenty occurred that went straight into the positives column for the Webster City boys’ track team to leave its home Bob Buckley Track with quite a bit to build on here last night.

The Lynx won nine medals, including one gold – it would have been two had the shuttle hurdle relay not been disqualified – and moved all the way up to second on the team leaderboard.

Clear Lake won the team crown with 114 points, highlighted by defending Class 3A state champion Chandler Diercks in the long jump. He needed just one leap to set a new meet record of 22 feet, 9 inches.

WCHS tallied 87 points, two more than Humboldt (85). Northeast Hamilton (24) finished at the back of the eight-team field.

Lynx head coach Tony Bussan gushed about the competitiveness of his squad and he says it has a real chance to contend in the upper half of the North Central Conference next month.

“We competed extremely well,” Bussan said. “The one thing I love about this team is whenever we are in an event, if we have a chance to compete for something we go after it.”

Cal Zahn gave the home fans plenty to cheer about, as he dominated the high jump field. He won when he cleared 6-foot, and then he moved the bar all the way up to 6-5 1/4 in an attempt to set a new school record. After not coming close on his first two attempts, Zahn just nicked the bar on his third and final try.

“Cal had a great night in the high jump,” Bussan said.

The shuttle hurdle owned a commanding advantage on the field, but it was all for naught when it was ruled that one of the runners left early. Standout high hurdler Tanner Hoveland had more bad luck later in the meet when he took an unintentional shot in the chest from a fellow competitor; it knocked him off stride and he was never able to recover.

“We were not that far out from Clear Lake, especially when you consider the high hurdles with Hoveland … if that doesn’t happen he’s probably solidly second in that race,” Bussan said. “We clearly jumped the gun on the third leg (of the shuttle hurdle), but that’s a correctable error.”

Cooper Jaycox (100 meters, 11.47 seconds) and Brandon Patten (800, 2:14.00) collected runner-up finishes for the Lynx, as did the 4×100 quartet of Hoveland, Jaycox, Zahn and Cory Keenan.

Jaycox also earned a bronze medal in the 200 (23.75), as did Rylee Lawson in the shot put (36-11), Fielder in the 110 high hurdles (17.97) and Tanner Hild in the 400 low hurdles (1:01.92).

The 4×800 – Ben Mossman, Patten, Brandon Arkland and Ryan Heinrichs – flirted with the front of the field early on before falling back to third (8:35.55).

Northeast Hamilton picked up a silver medal from Nick Jeffers in the discus (127-7), as well as third-place finishes from its 1,600 medley and 4×400 relays.

WCHS will return to competition on Friday at the Pocahontas Area Invite at 5 p.m. Northeast Hamilton will next compete on Monday at the Bengal Relays in Gilbert.