BOYS TRACK: Mossman, Zahn have strong nights; Lynx second at Boone Invite

BOONE – Even with an abbreviated lineup due to a school conflict, the Webster City boys’ track team still managed to string together a lengthy list of solid performances at last night’s Boone Invite.

Behind three event victories and 13 top-three finishes, the Lynx accumulated 98 points to finish in the runner-up position in the five-team field. Host Boone ran away and hid from the competition and won the team title with 164 points.

“We had a good final tune-up in our last meet prior to (the North Central Conference meet on Monday) and the (State Qualifying meet next Thursday),” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “I feel the team had a strong showing in spite of being somewhat short-handed due to a scheduling conflict.”

Ben Mossman made the 800 meters his event last night, as he won the gold medal in the individual two-lap event in 2:09.96. He also ran the fastest split (2:08) on the Lynx runner-up 4×800 relay (8:47.70). Cole Zahn, Brandon Patten and Brandon Arkland ran the second, third and fourth legs.

Cal Zahn didn’t waste any time in claiming the top spot in his pet event – the high jump. He took just one attempt, cleared 5 feet, 8 inches and shut it down with a first-place finish already assured.

The Lynx also picked up the maximum points from its shuttle hurdle relay (1:03.32), which consisted of Dylan Fielder, Cody Blair, Ty Schnathorst and Cody Blair. The group pulled off the feat without its strongest hurdler Tanner Hoveland.

Cooper Jaycox secured the silver in the 100-meter dash (11.39 seconds). He joined Fielder, Zahn and Cory Keenan on the second-place 4×100.

Throwers Camden Lawrence (shot put, 40-2) and Cameron Gordon (discus, 117-9) both finished third, as did Jorge Calles in the 400 (58.63) and Blair in the 110 high hurdles (17.78).

Third-place finishes also went to the Lynx 4×200, 1,600 medley and 4×400 relays.

WCHS will set its sights on Monday’s NCC meet in Hampton. Algona will be the prohibitive favorite, but the remaining spots in the upper echelon of the standings are likely up for grabs.