Girls’ track named Conference champs, boys take fourth
By Micah Knebel

This year’s spring season has been hampered by wind, cold, and rain. Denver’s May 2 coed track event was also another battle against Mother Nature. While the teams were able to compete in some events, others were canceled due to rain.

In those events that were able to go on, Denver finished on top with 112 points and Charles City in second with 97. The 800-sprint medley team posted a second-place finish, and seven events took second place.

The girls, who tied for third with 66 points, had many of their events called off before they could compete. They did, however, pull four first place finishes including Elaina Hildebrandt in the 100-meter dash and Anna Curtis in the 400-meter dash. Sydney Eggena claimed first in both the shot put and discus.

Girls’ Full Results:

100-Meter Dash: Elaina Hildebrandt – 1st – 13.20
200-Meter Dash: Amelia Powers – 5th – 14.03; Kendall Cortelyou – 14th – 15.47
400-Meter Dash: Anna Curtis – 1st – 1:01.61; Haley Lalk – 11th – 1:18.03
Shot Put: Sydney Eggena – 1st – 39-04.00
Discus: Sydney Eggena – 1st – 107-07
4x800-Meter Relay: 2nd – 10:16.53
800-Sprint Medley Relay: 2nd – 1:57.72; 9th – 2:14.88
1600-Distance Medley Relay: 3rd – 4:41.50

Boys’ Scorers:

100-Meter Dash: Caylor Hoffer – 2nd – 11.48; Nick Adams – 6th – 12.15
400-Meter Dash: Ethan Schoville – 2nd – 53.17; Hudson Mercado – 7th – 57.34
3200-Meter Run: Neal Pinter – 2nd – 10:58.15; Gabe Swales – 6th – 11:30.81
High Jump: Tye Bradley – 3rd – 5-10.00; Kasey Wirtjes – 4th – 5-10.00
Long Jump: Ethan Reiter – 2nd – 19-01.00; Keaton Rothmeyer – 5th – 18-01.00
Shot Put: Braden Powers – 2nd – 46-00.00; Gabe Ricketts – 4th – 41-08.00
Discus: Gabe Ricketts – 4th – 122-11; Braden Powers – 6th – 114-03
4x800-Meter Relay: 2nd – 8:52.05
400-Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 2nd – 1:04.62
800-Sprint Medley Relay: 1st – 1:38.72
1600-Distance Medley Relay: 4th – 4:06.21

NICL Conference

The Cyclone girls were crowned conference champs after a race with numerous conference champs, runners-up, and personal records.

But head coach Abby Fliehler noted the victory didn’t come from the effort of a few.

“All of the girls stepped up, many to run four races, some very close together,” said Fliehler. “These girls rise to the occasion under pressure and trust one another to do their part to contribute to the point total during these championship meets. This is not a team made up of one star.

“We talked at the beginning of the season that track is not an individual sport, and, for this team, this complete team title proves that,” the coach continued. “We are all in this together, doing our best for one another to support and to make each other better.”

The team tallied 127 points. Dike-New Hartford finished second with 114, followed by Jesup with 82.

Girls’ Full Results

100-Meter Dash: Natalie Demai – 1st – 13.05; Elaina Hildebrandt – 3rd – 13.38
200-Meter Dash: Natalie Demai – 1st – 26.54; Anna Curtis – 2nd – 27.32
400-Meter Dash: Anna Curtis – 2nd – 1:01.69; Lily Cooper – 13th – 1:10.54
800-Meter Dash: Amber Homan – 4th – 2:27.27
1500-Meter Run: Chloe Ristau – 4th – 5:19.58; Hailey Homan – 6th – 5:27.08
3000-Meter Run: Reeve Ristau – 2nd – 11:26.78
400-Meter Hurdles: Aubrey Decker – 5th – 1:13.40
Long Jump: Amelia Powers – 20th – 12-06.50
Shot Put: Sydney Eggena – 1st – 40-06.25
Discus: Sydney Eggena – 1st – 129-06 (new school record)
4x100-Meter Relay: 14th – 57.31
4x200-Meter Relay: 1st – 1:50.54
4x400-Meter Relay: 2nd – 4:15.74
4x800-Meter Relay: 3rd – 10:06.32
800-Sprint Medley Relay: 1st – 1:53.83
1600-Distance Medley Relay: 3rd – 4:28.05

Boys’ Conference Results

The boys finished fourth out of 16 teams at the conference tournament. Dike-New Hartford took first with 139, followed by Grundy Center with 126, Jesup with 104, and Denver with 103.

Ethan Schoville posted two first place finishes – one in the 200-meter dash and the other in the 400-meter. Kasey Wirtjes and Tye Bradley took the two top spots in the high jump. The 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays and the 440-meter shuttle hurdle relay finished second.

Boys’ Full Results

100-Meter Dash: Caylor Hoffer – 3rd – 11.59; Nick Adams – 11th – 12.17
200-Meter Dash: Ethan Schoville – 1st – 22.82; Caylor Hoffer – 6th – 23.01
400-Meter Dash: Ethan Schoville – 1st – 51.59; Hudson Mercado – 14th – 57.94
800-Meter Dash: Logan Rathbun – 15th – 2:14.62
1600-Meter Run: Max Schwandt – 9th – 5:02.52; Neal Pinter – 16th – 5:07.76
3200-Meter Run: Neal Pinter – 9th – 10.47.55; Gabe Swales – 16th – 11:38.17
110-Meter Hurdles: Kasey Wirtjes – 3rd – 15.68; Evan Dorn – 6th – 16.39
400-Meter Hurdles: Kasey Wirtjes – 18th – 1:05.24; Isaac Larson – 19th – 1:05.45
High Jump: Kasey Wirtjes – 1st – 5-10.00; Tye Bradley – 2nd – 5-10.00
Long Jump: Keaton Rothmeyer – 5th – 19-03.00; Ethan Reiter – 7th – 18-08.50
Shot Put: Gabe Ricketts – 4th – 44-00.25; Braden Powers – 5th – 43-08.50
Discus: Gabe Ricketts – 13th – 107-11; Braden Powers – 14th – 107-10
4x100-Meter Relay: 6th – 47.01
4x200-Meter Relay: 2nd – 1:34.17
4x400-Meter Relay: 2nd – 3:28.71
4x800-Meter Relay: 7th – 8:59.28
440-Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 2nd – 1:03.62
800-Sprint Medley Relay: 7th – 1:39.50
1600-Distance Medley Relay: 8th – 4:06.86
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