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|Cal-Wheat boys claim six titles at West Branch|
By Ross Eberhart
WEST BRANCH - A year ago, the Calamus-Wheatland boys track team used a pair of field event titles to finish fourth at the West Branch Co-Ed meet.
On Thursday, senior Cole Moeller and junior Devin Koester successfully defended their titles, and this time they had company.
Behind three relay victories and a title in the 800-meter run, the Warriors tripled their title haul and, in the process, moved up two spots in the team standings to second.
In fact, Cal-Wheat was just 14 points behind the hosts, who won the championship with 151 points.
Moeller matched his 1A-best effort of 6-8 to win the high jump, and Koester exploded for a season-best effort of 130-2 to bring home his second straight discus title.
Senior Darick Dunham, meanwhile, won his own individual crown in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:09.35 - another season-best.
Dunham and Moeller also helped Cal-Wheat bring home relay titles.
Dunham led off the Warriors' 4x800 team. Senior Chandler Dunn and sophomores Max Hansen and Hunter Rickels followed, and Cal-Wheat won the event in 8:51.46 - more than nine seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Moeller, meanwhile, ran the 400-meter leg on the Warriors' title-winning distance medley team.
Senior Garrett Rickels and freshman Jacob Bromwell handled the 200 legs, while H. Rickels tackled the 800. Together, the foursome clocked in at 3:55.56.
The Warriors made it a medley sweep by winning the sprint medley as well.
Again, G. Rickels and Bromwell led off, and this time Lane VonMuenster and Moritz Koeneke handled the final two legs as the Warriors clocked in at a season-best 1:46.12.
Two other relays - the 4x200 and 4x400 teams - picked up seconds, and so did Dunn and sophomore Raymond Venditti.
Dunn was second in the 400-meter dash with a clocking of 57.70, while Venditti earned a runner-up finish in the 100 with his clocking of 11.76.
Showcasing its depth, Cal-Wheat scored twice in five events, and actually had three of the top six finishers in the 800.
A pair of runners-up highlighted the Warriors' girls fifth-place finish in the girls portion of the event.
The Cal-Wheat 4x400 team of Alyssa Koch, Kaylie Wilhelm, Sammie Flagel and Marlie Delever picked up one of the seconds with a season-best time of 5:07.07.
Sophomore Grace Elvert took the other second, and was just a blink of the eye from winning the 100-meter dash.
Elvert clocked in at 14.83, one-hundredth of a second behind winner Haley Mullinix of West Branch. Cal-Wheat senior Amanda Gorzney was close, too, taking third with her time of 14.92.
It was the first of three thirds for Gorzney, who also ran the second leg on the Warriors' 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
In fact, the same quartet of Lexi Schwien, Gorzney, Morgan VanderHeiden and Elvert competed in both races. They posted a season-best time of 54.22 in the 4x100 and were less than a second off their top time in the 4x200 with a clocking of 1:57.48.
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