The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 23, 2014

Welcome-back win

By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Scoring in every event, the Camanche boys track and field team presented coach Mark Metzger with a terrific “welcome back” gift Tuesday evening.

The Indians piled up 171 points to win the Class B portion of the 94th annual Gateway Classic for the sixth year in a row. Camanche finished 21 points ahead of runner-up Northeast, while third-place Maquoketa had 70 points.

“We did a nice job,” Metzger said. “We did what I thought we could do.”

Metzger was in the stands for the first time this season after suffering a medical emergency on March 3. Steve Dougherty has been serving as the coach since then.

“It was a little over seven weeks ago,” Metzger said. “I was teaching, and my aorta bisected or dissected, and they had to replace the upper aorta.

“I’m feeling good. It’s a long recovery.”

Metzger’s presence gave the Indians a boost, according to senior Derek Harksen.

“It’s awesome having him here,” Harksen said. “It gives us extra power to keep going.”

Harksen continued his strong season by winning every event in which he entered. Individually, he won the 400- and 200-meter dashes, and he also anchored the Indians’ winning entries in the 400 and 1,600 relays. He was most pleased with the 400, which he won in 49.88 seconds.

“I finally got in the 49s,” Harksen said after turning in the fourth-fastest time in the state this season. “I’d like to be a little faster in the 200. I’m good with the 400.”

Harksen won the 200 in 21.90. He teamed with Easton McDaniel, Quan Matthew and Brady Beal to win the 400 relay in 45.38, and joined Will Seeser, Beal and Jeremiah Jones to win the 1,600 relay in 3:33.12.

The Indians also won the shuttle hurdle relay (Blake Bialas, Jimmy Zhang, Jesse Everhart and Beal in 1:06.59) and the 800 relay (McDaniel, Seeser, Jones and Matthew in 1:35.85.

In the field events, Lane Kaczinski swept the throws for Camanche. He won the shot put by more than a foot with a toss of 43 feet, 1.5 inches, and he went 118-4 in the discus.

“Actually, it was my best day all season in the shot put,” he said. “Yesterday, I spent a lot of time fixing my left foot. I was not turning it all the way.”

Northeast equaled Camanche by winning eight events, with Eli Kaczinski picking up firsts in the 1,600 and 800. He didn’t run the 3,200, an event in which he broke school records in three consecutive meets recently.

“I’m not disappointed; I’m glad I didn’t do it with the Drake Relays two days away,” he said of not entering the longest run of the meet. “I’m happy with the events Coach (Mike Mattis) put me in.”

Kaczinski beat West Carroll’s Jeff Casey by almost nine seconds as he won the 1,600 in 4:49.00. The 800 was closer, but he still won my a comfortable margin. He took the lead at 100 meters and slowly widened the gap to win by more than two seconds in 2:04.96.

The Rebels also got individual wins from Christian Knutsen in the 3,200 (10:58.06), Ryan Murphy in the 110 hurdles (16.35), Axel Dondiego in the high jump (6-0) and Nick Kennicker in the 400 hurdles (59.30) after finishing second, one-hundredth of a second behind Murphy in the 110s.

“I’m a cross country runner, so (the 400 hurdles) comes easier for me,” Kennicker said. “I still want to get two seconds faster to qualify for state. My goal is to qualify for state in the four-by-800 and the 400 hurdles.”

Kennicker led off Northeast’s winning entry in the 3,200 relay, as he, Will Hasken, Gabe Empen and Nick Anderson won by more than 27 seconds in 8:43.80. The Rebels’ other win came from Mitchel Moehr, Nick Wall, Hasken and Anderson in the 1,600 relay. Their time of 3:49.20, was more than 15 seconds better than runner-up Maquoketa.

The only wins for teams other than Camanche and Northeast were by Maquoketa’s Corderol Campbell, who went 19-5 in the long jump, and Morrison’s Ryan Mayberry in the 100.

Mayberry edged Camanche’s McDaniel by .07 as he won the 100 in 11.06. He came back moments later and finished second to Harksen in the 400 and added another second to Harksen later in the 200.

“I knew I’d be a little slow out of the blocks (in the 100), but halfway through I made up a lot of ground and kicked it in.”

He paid the price in the next event, the 400.

“I didn’t think it would be that bad, but about halfway through the race my legs were gone,” Mayberry said. “I couldn’t finish like I wanted.”

Still, he was happy with his performance.

“This is always one of my favorite meets,” Mayberry said. “It’s nice getting competitive races halfway through the season.”

GATEWAY CLASSIC

CLASS B

Team standings

1. Camanche 171; 2. Northeast 150; 3. Maquoketa 70; 4. Morrison 58; 5. Clinton JV 47; 6. West Carroll 36; 7. Easton Valley 33; 8. Prince of Peace 1. (Scoring: 10-8-6-4-2-1)

Individual results

Discus — Lane Kaczinski (Cam) 118-4; 2. Ben Lauritzen (ClinJV) 110-4.5; 3. Andrew Screnock (Mor) 109-3; 4. Quan Matthew (Cam) 106-3; 5. Garrett Moeller (NE) 102-5; 6. Grant Hinerichsen (EV) 98-4.5

High jump — 1. Axel Dondiego (NE) 6-0; 2. Brady Beal (Cam) 5-8; 3. (tie) Scott Ferry (Mor), Xavier Adams (Maq) 5-6; 5. Trevor Schaver (NE) 5-4.

Long jump — 1. Corderol Campbell (Maq) 19-5; 2. Eric Kull (Mor) 18-10; 3. CC Campbell (Maq) 18-8; 4. Nick Wall (NE) 18-4.5; 5. Will Seeser (Cam) 18-3.5; 6. Tre Austin (Cam) 17-1.

Shot put — L. Kaczinski (Cam) 43-1.5; 2. Chadd Weller (Cam) 41-8; 3. Josh Soll (NE) 41-5; 4. Tevin Stoecker (NE) 38-9; DJ Besselieu (ClinJV) 38-2.5; 6. Darrean Witt (ClinJV) 36-6.

3,200 meters — 1. Christian Knutsen (NE) 10:58.06; 2. Logan Peterson (Cam) 11:14.55; 3. Paawan Dandona (WC) 11:32.16; 4. Tyler Powell (ClinJV) 11:36.54; 5. Hunter Bielenberg (NE) 11:43.03; 6. Brady Determan (Cam) 11:51.02.

3,200 relay — 1. Northeast (Nick Kennicker, Will Hasken, Gabe Empen, Nick Anderson) 8:43.80; 2. West Carroll 9:10.84; 3. Camanche 9:21.92; 4. Clinton JV 9:30.73; 5. Morrison 9:37.28; 6. Maquoketa (Maq) 10:00.67.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche (Blake Bialas, Jimmy Zhang, Jesse Everhart, Beal) 1:06.59; 2. Northeast 1:07.28; 3. Clinton JV 1:08.49; 4. Maquoketa 1:08.56; 5. West Carroll 1:13.32.

100 — 1. Ryan Mayberry (Mor) 11.06; 2. Easton McDaniel (Cam) 11.13; 3. Chase Zaruba (EV) 11.48; 4. Jacob Kloft (Maq) 11.74; 5. Jordan Rapp (Maq) 11.78; 6. Andrew Driscoll (EV) 11.89.

400 — 1. Derek Harksen (Cam) 49.88; 2. Mayberry (Mor) 51.99; 3. Logan Wilhelm (EV) 53.39; 4. Ben Strathman (Maq) 54.56; 5. Sam Smith (NE) 56.50; 6. David Winters (ClinJV) 56.95.

800 relay — Camanche (McDaniel, Seeser, Jeremiah Jones, Matthew) 1:35.85; 2. Northeast 1:37.31; 3. Easton Valley 1:39.04; 4. Clinton JV 1:39.68; 5. West Carroll 1:41.02; 6. Morrison 1:45.05.

110 high hurdles — 1. Ryan Murphy (NE) 16.35; 2. Kennicker (NE) 16.36; 3. Bialas (Cam) 16.50; 4. Everhart (Cam) 16.88; 5. Jacob Schwenker (Maq) 17.27; 6. Cameron Ehlers (WC) 18.46.

1,600 — 1. Eli Kaczinski (NE) 4:49.0; 2. Jeff Casey (WC) 4:57.77; 3. Zach Koppes (Maq) 4:58.02; 4. Knutsen (NE) 5:0.61; 5. Peterson (Cam) 5:09.54; 6. Mason Mour (Mor) 5:11.21.

200 — 1. Harksen (Cam) 21.90; 2. Mayberry (Mor) 22.42; 3. Zaruba (EV) 23.05; 4. Quavon Jones (ClinJV) 23.18; 5. Strathman (Maq) 23.30; 6. McDaniel (Cam) 23.41.

400 low hurdles — 1. Kennicker (NE) 59.30; 2. Everhart (Cam) 1:01.06; 3. Bialas (Cam) 1:02.44; 4. Murphy (NE) 1:03.04; 5. Ehlers (WC) 1:05.74; 6. Justin Horst (ClinJV) 1:06.00.

1,600 medley relay — Northeast (Mitchel Moehr, Wall, Hasken, Anderson) 3:49.20; 2. Maquoketa 4:05.44; 3. Clinton JV 4:07.02; 4. Camanche 4:09.13; 5. West Carroll 4:12.64; 6. Prince of Peace 4:28.41.

800 — 1. E. Kaczinski (NE) 2:04.96; 2. Jones (Cam) 2:07.43; 3. Seeser (Cam) 2:12.19; 4. Alex Sellman (NE) 2:16.11; 5. Casey (WC) 2:17.83; 6. Ferry (Mor) 2:21.18.

400 relay — 1. Camanche (McDaniel, Matthew, Beal, Harksen) 45.38; 2. Maquoketa 45.79; 3. Easton Valley 46.87; 4. Northeast 47.78; 5. Clinton JV 47.99; 6. West Carroll 49.61.

1,600 relay — 1. Camanche (Seeser, Beal, Jones, Harksen) 3:33.12; 2. Maquoketa 3:41.29; 3. Northeast 3:44.57; 4. Clinton JV 3:48.24; 5. West Carroll 3:51.26; 6. Easton Valley 3:57.98.