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home : sports : sports Tuesday, June 28, 2016

5/11/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central senior Mitch Kirby goes over a hurdle during a quadrangular earlier this season. Kirby brought home a pair of championships from Monday’s WaMaC East meet, including one in the 400-meter hurdles, as he crossed the finish line in 56.72. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Sabers roll with the changes at WaMaC East meet

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A slightly smaller conference battle still provided a big challenge for the Central boys and girls track teams.

The Sabers were originally scheduled to join 15 other schools at the WaMaC Super meet last Thursday.

The meet, though, was postponed due to inclement weather and Monday's make-up day coincided with the previously scheduled conference JV meet.

Not wanting to abandon the JV meet, it was decided that the conference would hold two co-ed divisional track meets (with a full JV schedule) instead.

The change cut the number of competitors Central would have to face in half, but it had little effect on the talent the Sabers would meet.

In fact, four of the top five finishers (including the Sabers) from last year's boys meet with all 16 teams were from the East, while three WaMaC East girls teams were part of the top-five, including the defending conference champion (Solon).

The Spartan girls dominated Monday's meet as well, winning six events to bring home the team title with 167 points.

West Delaware - last year's WaMaC runner-up - took second with 136 points, while Western Dubuque was third with 105.

Taking sixth in the team race with 73 points were the Sabers.

The Solon boys, meanwhile, made it a sweep as they piled up 144.5 points to topple both Central (114.5) and Dyersville Beckman (108). West Delaware was fourth, while Mount Vernon rounded out the top-five.

The Saber boys won five event titles at the meet led by senior Mitch Kirby, who had a hand in three of them.

Kirby picked up Central's lone individual crown of the meet, as he broke the tape in 56.72 to win the 400-meter hurdles.

Giving the Sabers a second high finish in the event was junior Jake Kagemann, who took third with a clocking of 57.43.

Both Kirby and Kagemann ran legs on Central's 4X400 team (Jake Feldpausch and Remington Meggers joined them), which closed out the meet with a title in a time of 3:28.52.

Kirby also ran the final leg on the Sabers' 4X200 team, which picked up its own title in a time of 1:32.05. Jake Thumann ran the first leg, while Feldpausch and James Grell followed.

Two more Central relays also earned titles. The 4X800 quartet of Mitch Green, Connor Dalldorf, Peter Keegan and Meggers picked up a comfortable victory in a time of 8:18.50 (five seconds ahead of the nearest team), while the distance medley team of Thumann, Grell, Colton Bauer and Green scored its win with a time of 3:43.73.

The Sabers finished second and third in the 800-meter run. Meggers earned the former honor with a clocking of 2:07.80, while Peter Keegan was right behind him with a finish of 2:08.30.

Picking up his own runner-up finish was junior Kyle Marti, who came in behind Anamosa's Dain Gerber in the 3,200-meter run with a clocking of 10:27.16.

Feldpausch, meanwhile, brought home a pair of thirds. The first came in the 100-meter dash as he tied Solon's Jordan Wymer with a time of 11.64.

Feldpausch also ran a leg for Central's 4X100 team - he was joined by Thumann, Kirby and Grell - which posted a time of 44.88 to notch its own third.

Senior Drew Dieckmann and sophomore Derol Campbell gave Central two more thirds in the field events.

The former was one of three athletes to clear 6-0 in the high jump. Streeter McIlravy of Solon made 6-2 as well to win the event, while West Delaware's Ryan Kelley tied Dieckmann with a jump of 6-0, but took second based on fewer misses.

The latter produced his longest leap of the season - 19-6 - to take third in the long jump.

Bauer added a fourth in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 53.49, while Dalldorf was eighth in the event with a time of 54.37.

The Central shuttle hurdle team of Dieckmann, Kagemann, Tyler Stillmunkes and Logan Sheppard took fifth in a time of 1:02.96 with Dieckmann adding an eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

The Sabers' final points came from junior Doug Hayen, who was seventh in the discus with a toss of 126-2.

The hurdles and field events led the way for the Saber girls, who had four top-three finishes.

Junior Sam Barr was involved with two of them as the hurdler joined with Emily Hawkins, Cori Peterzalek and Gretchen Henningsen to take second in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:09.56.

Barr earned a second runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles, as she crossed the finish line in 16.16. Adding an eighth-place finish of 17.42 in the same event was Henningsen.

Adding a pair of thirds for the Sabers was junior Sarah Schoel. One came in the field events as Schoel neared her career-best in the long jump with a leap of 16-5.5.

Again, Central had two finishers with Hailey Saunders taking sixth with a leap of 14-11.

Schoel picked up her other third as the anchor of the Saber distance medley team. Courtney Burmeister and Haley Seitz ran the first two legs with Brittany McNamara running the 400. Together, the group posted a time of 4:29.58.

Schoel and McNamara also were a part of Central's 4X400 team, which took fourth at the meet with a time of 4:18.13.

Picking up a fourth of her own was junior Abby Willis, who let loose a throw of 104-00 in the discus.

Willis placed in the shot put as well with her toss of 32-7.5 being good for sixth overall.

Central picked up fifths from Peterzalek and Barr in the same event as both Sabers cleared 4-8 in the high jump with the same number of misses.

The rest of the Sabers' fifth-place finishes came in the distance events. First, junior Miah Betz took fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a clocking of 12:10.74, then the Central 4X800 team of Amanda Brainerd, Arndt, Mikayla Coyle and Shelby Carlson earned the same place with a time of 10:32.58.

Later in the night, McNamara scored her own fifth with a time of 2:28.81 in the 800-meter run.

Central's final team points were picked up by its relay teams.

The sprint medley quartet of Hawkins, Jessica Machovec, Amber Voss and Coleen Kinney picked up a sixth-place finish in 2:09.72, while the 4X100 and 4X200 teams both were seventh.

The former squad (Seitz, Callaway Kinney, Burmeister and Barr) clocked in at 55.21, while the latter (Seitz, Machovec, Burmeister, Ca. Kinney) posted a time of 1:57.88.

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