The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 23, 2013

Camanche cuts loose

By Brenden West Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — GOOSE LAKE — Camanche coach Mark Metzger said his team was focussing on individual performance Monday night. During the Northeast Boys Track Invitational, Metzger’s relay teams clearly didn’t get the memo.

The Indians placed first in the 400-, 800- and 3,200-meter relays, as well as winning the four-man shuttle hurdle and finishing second in the 1,600. Those races, as well as individual victories in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, keyed a landslide team victory for Camanche.

By day’s end, the Indians stood 86 points above their next closest opponent, host Northeast, scoring 194 points to the Rebels’ 108. In all, Camanche won 10 of the 18 events.

“Tonight, we kind of backed off and tried to get some individual times going,” Metzger said. “I’m just really happy with the guys. A lot of really good performances. We’re getting to that time in the season where we need to be stepping up and seeing improvement.”

For many winners in the 11-team meet, wind resistance was a constant factor. While warming up, athletes shook their heads and voiced displeasure with the conditions. “That’s brutal,” one Maquoketa sprinter said to an opponent.

“It was a little bit of a rough race,” Camanche sprinter Zach Nissen said following his team’s 800-meter relay win. “The wind affected us. We probably would’ve ran 1:33, maybe 1:32.”

Instead, the Indians finished at 1:36.71, four seconds slower than they would’ve liked.

However, one athlete, at least, made use of the tricky elements. Northeast’s Eli Kaczinski knew the wind would be a factor during the 1,600.

“I definitely didn’t want to take the lead in the first couple laps because the wind’s not the best tonight,” he said. “It was in the back of my mind the whole time.”

Tailing Tipton’s Eric Lenz in the final stretch, Kaczinski said he drafted his opponent for the first 3 1/2 laps, then used the wind to his back in the final turn. It resulted in one of Northeast’s most thrilling victories of the night, with Kaczinski passing Lenz with roughly 80 meters to go. He finished the race at 4:47.49.

“When I finally did pass him, I just figured that was a good time to go,” said Kaczinski, who also won the 3,200. “I knew the Tipton guy was going to go out fast. He’s a great runner, so I just did my best to stay with him and push when I needed to push.”

While Rebels coach Mike Mattis said he wished for better overall results, he praised Kaczinski’s performance as one of the night’s most exciting races.

“Eli had a great night. He’s a smart guy,” Mattis said. He also commended Camanche on its stellar performance.

“We’re getting used to (second place) unfortunately,” Mattis added. “Camanche is really good.”

The event showcased several district and conference foes who could stand in the way of a Rebel bid to state. Mattis said the results indicated to him where his team needed to go before the season wrapped up.

NORTHEAST INVITATIONAL

Team standings

1. Camanche 194; 2. Northeast 108; 3. Tipton 73; 4. North Cedar 63.5; 5. Bellevue 60; 6. Maquoketa 44; 7. Wilton 40; 8. Preston 38; 9. Marquette Catholic 35; 10. Durant 21; 11. Calamus-Wheatland 14.5. Scoring: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Individual results

(Winners, area scorers)

100 meters — 1. Zach Nissen (Cam) 10.98, 2. Easton McDaniel (Cam) 10.99, 3. Josh Kirk (Maq) 11.18, 4. Noah Reed (Bel) 11.23, 7. Chase Zaruba (Pres) 11.48, 8. Ben Hildebrandt (NE) 11.49.

200 — 1. Derek Harksen (Cam) 22.73, 3. Thomas Brantley (Cam) 23.56, 4. Kevin Boughton (NE) 23.59, 5. Nissen (Cam) 24.01, 6. Zaruba (Pres) 24.06, 8. Jake Schroeder (Bel) 24,62.

400 — 1. Harksen (Cam) 51.11, 3. Cody Mensinger (Cam) 53.20, 5. Trevor Kabala (Maq) 54.67, 6. Nick Anderson (NE) 55.02, 7. Logan Wilhelm (Pres) 55.35, 8. Will Seeser (Cam) 55.39.

800 — 1. Mensinger (Cam) 2:06.12, 2. Anderson (NE) 2:07.12, 3. Connor Soenksen (NE) 2:08.09, 5. Danny Schroeder (Marq) 2:11.88, 8. Jacob Pulse (Cam) 2:17.93.

110 hurdles — 1. Tyler Hetzler (Wilt) 15.49, 2. Mike Osaro (Cam) 16.00, 4. Logan Schroeder (Marq) 16.39, 5. Nick Kennicker (NE) 17.11, 6. Zach Feller (Cam) 17.42, 7. Jacob Schwenker (Maq) 17.49.

1,600 — 1. Eli Kaczinski (NE) 4:47.49, 3. Andrew Meyer (Bel) 4:54.55, 4. Danny Schroeder (Marq) 16.67, 7. Zach Koppes (Maq) 17.49, 8. Bryce Everson (Cam) 18.20.

3,200 — 1. Kaczinski (NE) 10:21.30, 3. Meyer (Bel) 10:42.78, 6. Logan Peterson (Cam) 11:55.45, 7. Jaden Butler (NE) 12:01.15, 8. Ryan Murphy (Maq) 12:07.47.

400 hurdle — 1. Osaro (Cam) 58.62, 2. Devin Norman (Cam) 59.24, 3. Nick Kennicker (NE) 59.31, 4. Cole Reeg (Bel) 1:01.07, 7. Jace Michels (Belle) 1:02.28, 8. Brady Beal (Cam) 1:02.57.

Discus — 1. Cody Mensinger (Cam) 128-05, 3. Lane Kaczinski (Cam) 106-06, 5. Keaton Tebbe (Pres) 105-04, 7. Brett Earles (Pres) 103-07.

High jump — 1. Bo Lingle (NE) 5-08.00, 3. Mitch Roth (Cam) 5-04.00, 4. (tie) Brady Beal (Cam) and Nick Wall (NE) 5-02.00.

Long jump — 1. Justin Alden (CW) 20-05.00, 2. Josh Kirk (Maq) 19-03.00, 3. Isaac Sturm (Marq) 18-09.00, 4. Evan Dalldorf (Bel) 18-08.75, 5. Thomas Brantley (Cam) 18-07.75, 6. Quinn Fromm (Belle) 17-10.25, 7. Lingle (NE) 17-08.00.

Shot put — 1. Keaton Tebbe (Pres) 45-01.50, 2. Lane Kaczinski (Cam) 41-01.50, 5. Tevin Stoecker (NE) 38-06.00, 6. Devon Bormann (Bel) 36-07.00, 7. Chad Weller (Cam) 35-09.00, 8. Dylan Rickels (CW) 34-11.00.

400 relay — 1. Camanche (McDaniel, Nissen, Osaro, Harksen)44.87, 2. Maquoketa 45.50, 3. Northeast 46.98, 4. Marquette 47.03, 5. Cal-Wheat 47.34, 6. Bellevue 47.48, 8. Preston 47.80.

800 relay — 1. Camanche (McDaniel, Nissen, Shum and Brantley) 1:36.71, 2. Maquoketa 1:38.12, 3. Bellevue 1:39.44, 4. Northeast 1:39.90, 5. Marquette 1:39.91, 8. Preston 1:44.38.

1,600 relay — 1. Tipton (Harden, Cook, Fiala and Crock) 3:37.35, 2. Camanche 3:42.15, 3. Northeast 3:43.94, 5. Bellevue 3:57.06, 6. Marquette 3:57.99.

3,200 relay — 1. Camanche (Jones, Seeser, Gifford and Mensinger) 8:50.66, 4. Northeast 9:32.10, 6. Bellevue 10:13.51, 7. Preston 10:23.67.

440 shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche (Brantley, Norman, Williams and Osaro) 1:00.95, 2. Bellevue 1:08.51, 3. Northeast 1:08.84, 5. Marquette 1:11.00, 6. Preston 1:20.15.

1,600 sprint medley relay — 1. Tipton (Sandsdalen, Davis, Harden and Crock) 3:51.16, 2. Preston 3:53.54, 3. Camanche 3:54.09, 4. Maquoketa 3:55.44, 5. Northeast 3:56.97.

More photos online To see more photos from Monday's meet, check out the photo gallery at Clintonherald.smugmug.com