Cyclone boys earn a season best at State
By Micah Knebel

The Denver boys competed in 10 events at this year’s state track & field championship May 18-20.

Senior Kasey Wirtjes came away with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Wirtjes also earned a season best score of 6-01.00 in the high jump, landing him ninth. He also finished 22nd in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.66.

Junior Neal Pinter hit personal records in both the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run. He finished 15th in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:35.72 and took 11th in the 3200-meter with a time of 10:09.30.

The shuttle hurdle relay team, made up of junior Evan Dorn, senior Isaac Larson, senior Chase Baumgartner, Wirtjes, claimed fourth with a time of 1:01.82, just a little over a second behind the first-place finishers from PCM, Monroe.

The 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800-meter relay teams all had season best times.

The boys’ sprint medley team suffered a disqualification for handing the baton off outside of the exchange zone.

Overall, the boys earned 13 points and tied for 16th.

Full Results:

1600-Meter Run: Neal Pinter – 15th – 4:35.72
3200-Meter Run: Neal Pinter – 11th – 10:09.30
110-Meter Hurdles: Kasey Wirtjes – 3rd – 14.81
400-Meter Hurdles: Kasey Wirtjes – 22nd – 59.66
High Jump: Kasey Wirtjes – 9th – 6-01.00
4x200-Meter Relay: Teagan Palmer, Ethan Reiter, Chase Baumgartner, Ethan Schoville – 10th – 1:32.10
4x400-Meter Relay: Ethan Reiter, Chase Baumgartner, Max Schwandt, Ethan Schoville – 7th – 3:27.78
4x800-Meter Relay: Christian Brown, Ethan Doty, Jackson Schoville, Max Schwandt – 17th – 8:27.78
440-Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Evan Dorn, Isaac Larson, Chase Baumgartner, Kasey Wirtjes – 4th – 1:01.82
800-Sprint Medley Relay: Micah Grier, Teagan Palmer, Ethan Reiter, Ethan Schoville -- disqualified
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