The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 7, 2013

The best for last

By Brenden West Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — GOOSE LAKE — Will Seeser is the last athlete to cross the finish line a Big East champion.

At Northeast High School, the final race — ever — in the Big East saw Camanche’s 1,600-meter relay team pull ahead, then fall behind, then slowly close the gap.

When Seeser (the Indians’ anchor-leg runner) got the baton, he was half a step behind leader Nick Anderson of Northeast. A lap later, with a time of 3:35.44, Seeser was the center of a Camanche relay victory mosh pit. He won by 2.5 seconds — a clear winner.

That wasn’t the closest race Monday; it wasn’t the fastest, nor did it break the best marks set in 2013 (the way other competitions would).

It was the last to be “Big East,” carrying with it unique historical weight. Next year, the nine-team conference will be divided as part of IHSAA state realignment.

Seeser’s teammates, coaches and counterparts on the girls team, are also last. Mark and Brenda Metzger are the last Big East coaches of the year, Derek Harksen and Courtney Sowle the last conference athletes of the year.

And both the Indians’ boys and girls teams are collectively Big East champions, to be succeeded by no one.

In a sport predicated upon finishing first, being last Monday somehow made things sweeter.

”Certainly, there’s a little bit of pride going with being the last champion in the Big East,” Mark Metzger said. “We’re real sad to see the Big East go. It’s been a great conference, served a lot of communities for a long time very well.

”But, yeah, there’s a little incentive in trying to win the last one.”

In all, 15 of the Big East’s previous best times and measurements of 2013 fell. Sowle obliterated her personal best 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump to handily win Monday’s event with a jump of 5-10. Northeast’s Eli Kaczinski smashed the 1,600-meter mark by 6 seconds. Yet, even Kaczinski was outdone by Lisbon’s Austin Springsteen, who reset his own best mark in the conference with a 4:31.13.

The Bellevue/Marquette Catholic girls 800 medley team (Anna Ambrosy, Mariah Steines, Rachel Kilburg and Sarah Lampe) shaved two seconds off their conference-best time to win the event.

Meanwhile, Danae Diedrich ran a 12.85 100-meter dash to beat Addison McDanel’s (Camanche) benchmark. Fellow Rebel Tierra Hildebrandt’s second-place time also would have set the mark at 12.97.

”We both do the same workouts, always forcing each other to do our best. We’re constantly pushing each other,” Diedrich said on how both Northeast girls have trained. “(The time) makes me more confident because I know I have a better chance to qualify (for state).”

Of all the events, though, the boys 400-meter dash drew the most cheers. Harksen already owned the top time in the conference this season at 51.35.

By the time he crossed the finish line, teammates swarmed him and playfully jeered, “It’s about time.” The clock read 49.76 — a new personal best and the sixth fastest time in Iowa.

”Last year I broke 49. I wanted it to come the beginning of this year, but I was a little behind in getting it,” Harksen said. “(My teammates) were all just joking around because I couldn’t break 49 for a long time.”

He added that throughout the season he’s felt “down” about not meeting that goal. Now, Harksen hopes to carry momentum into this week’s district meet and perhaps shave more time off his run.

He credited the weather as a reason why new benchmarks came with the day.

”A lot of times we’ve been running in bad weather,” Harksen said. This meet was originally scheduled for Thursday night but was postponed with rain and cold weather in the forecast. “Now we get an awesome night and it makes for good running.”

The meet also coincided with another first: Mark (boys) and Brenda Metzger (girls) never had won coach of the year awards simultaneously.

”It’s great to be an Indian tonight,” Mark Metzger said.

BIG EAST CONFERENCE MEET

BOYS

Team Standings

1. Camanche 176; 2. Northeast 108; 3. Lisbon 86; 4. Bellevue 60; 5. Preston 44; 6. Marquette Catholic 29; 7. Calamus-Wheatland 28; 8. Midland 24; 9. Prince of Peace 1.

Individual results

200 meters 1. Derek Harksen (Ca) 22.14; 2 Justin Alden (CW) 22.15; 3. Cody Mensinger (Ca) 23.17; 4. Logan Wilhelm (Pr) 23.51; 5. Kevin Boughton (NE) 23.62; 6. Kody Kilburg (Marq) 24.84.

400 — 1. Harksen (Ca) 49.76; 2. Mensinger (Ca) 51.55; 3. Connor Soenksen (NE) 52.09; 5. Nick Anderson (NE) 54.42.

800 — 1. Nick Anderson (NE) 2:04.58; 2. Danny Schroeder (Marq) 2:05.66; 3. Eli Kaczinski (NE) 2:06.93; 6. Jacob Pulse (Ca) 2:16.20.

110 hurdles — 1. Mike Osaro (Ca) 15.70; 2. Cole Reeg (Bel) 15.73; 3. Logan Schroeder (Marq) 16.27; 4. Jace Michels (Bel) 16.45; 6. Shykeem Williams (Ca) 17.52.

1,600 — 1. Austin Springsteen (Li) 4:31.13; 2. Eli Kaczinski (NE) 4:34.88; 3. Danny Schroeder (Marq) 4:39.03; 4. Andrew Meyer (Bel) 4:41.05; 6. Bryce Everson (Ca) 5:04.31.

3,200 — 1. Caleb Morningstar (Li) 10:27.56; 2. Logan Peterson (Ca) 11:02.48; 3. Brice Everson (Ca) 11:05.21; 6. Christian Knutsen (NE) 11:41.21.

400 hurdles — 1. Osaro (Ca) 56.58; 2. Devin Norman (Ca) 57.65; 3. Nick Kennicker (NE) 58.98; 4. Jace Michels (Bel) 59.18.

Discus — 1. Mensinger (Ca) 131-6; 2. Lane Kaczinski (Ca) 121-3; 4. Keaton Tebbe (Pr) 111-1; 5. Brett Earles (Pr) 105-6; 6. Stephan Kenneavy (PoP) 100-2.

High jump — 1. Bo Lingle (NE) 6-0; 2. Mitch Roth (Ca) 5-8; 3. Jamie Kremer (Bel) 5-6; 4. Brady Beal (Ca) 5-4; 4. Nick Wall (NE) 5-4.

Long jump — 1. Alden (CW) 20-7.75; 2. Evan Dalldorf (Bel) 19-10.5; 2. Boughton (NE) 19-10.5; 4. Lingle (NE) 19-3.25; 5. Isaac Sturm (Marq) 18-5; 6. Quinn Fromm (Bel) 18-2.5.

Shot put — 1. Keegan Tritle (Li) 47-4; 2. Keaton Tebbe (Pr) 46-0.5; 3. Lane Kaczinski (Ca) 43-3; 4. Chadd Weller (Ca) 39-11; 6. Tevin Stoecker (NE) 39-7.5.

400 relay — 1. Northeast (Ben Hildebrandt, Lingle, Stoecker, Boughton) 45.83; 2 Bellevue 47.10; 4. Preston 50.61; 5. Midland 53.88.

800 relay — 1. Camanche (Easton McDaniel, Zach Nissen, Aaron Shum, Thomas Brantley) 1:34.48; 2. Preston 1:35.06; 3. Bellevue 1:37.40; 4. Northeast 1:37.50; 5. Marquette Catholic 1:38.10

1,600 relay — 1. Camanche (Thomas Brantley, Brady Beal, Jeremiah Jones, Will Seeser) 3:35.44; 2. Northeast 3:38.05; 4. Bellevue 3:43.42; 5. Preston 3:43.87.

3,200 relay — 1. Camanche (Jones, Quan Matthews, Kyle Gifford, Seeser) 8:44.28; 2. Northeast 8:52.02; 5. Preston 9:46.59; 6. Bellevue 9:46.84.

440 shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche (Brantley, Norman, Williams, Osaro) 1:00.30; 3. Bellevue 1:04.66; 4. Marquette Catholic 1:07.61; 5. Northeast 1:09.28.

1,600 medley — 1. Lisbon (John Noll, Logan Rickard, Tanner Sackett-Hopkins, Austin Springsteen) 3:43.01; 2. Northeast 3:43.67; 3. Preston 3:44.12; 4. Camanche 3:58.47; 5. Midland 3:58.78; 6. Bellevue 4:27.24

GIRLS

Team Standings

1. Camanche 161; 2. Northeast 140.5; 3. Preston 67; 4. Bellevue/Marquette Catholic 64; 5. Lisbon 63; 6. Midland 38.5; 7. Calamus- Wheatland 32; 8. Prince of Peace 20.

100 — 1. Danae Diedrich (NE) 12.85; 2. Tierra Hildebrandt (NE) 12.97; 4. Addison McDanel (Ca) 13.44; 5. Morgan Lyons (Ca) 13.96; 6. Brooke Smithson (Pre) 14.23.

200 — 1. Sarah Lampe (Bel) 25.34; 2. Diedrich (NE) 26.13; 3. Hildebrandt (NE) 26.16; 4. McDanel (Ca) 27.62.

400 — 1. Alyssa Roth (NE) 1:03.99; 2. Bailey Mensinger (Ca) 1:04.32; 4. Katherine Herrig (Bel) 1:07.44; 5. Dana Koester (CW) 1:08.91.

800 — 1. Libby Schnoor (Ca) 2:26.63; 2. Mensinger (Ca) 2:27.88; 3. Theresa Koos (Bel) 2:29.00; 5. Hannah Kilburg (NE) 2:36.05; 6. Nina Cray (CW) 2:37.83.

100 hurdles — 1. Aleenah Marcucci (NE) 16.11; 2. Allie Lefebure (Ca) 17.25; 3. Rachel Kilburg (Bel) 17.26; 4 Morgan McAleer (NE) 17.36; 5. Alexis Campie (Ca) 18.04; 6. Abby Smithson (Pre) 18.83.

1,500 — 1. Kendra Schmidt (Li) 5:16.60; 2. Megan Slattery (CW) 5:18.52; 3. H. Kilburg (NE) 5:18.85; 4. Josye Kaczinski (NE) 5:34.60; 5. Kailey Potter (CW) 5:55.32; 6. Courtney Martens (Ca) 5:58.56.

3,000 — 1. Kaitlynn Riley (NE) 11:41.03; 3. Emily Franks (NE) 12:02.75; 4. Martens (Ca) 13:21.82; 5. Erica Drake (Bel) 13:24.87; 6. Sabrina Lippens (Pr) 14:24.35.

400 hurdles — 1. Courtney Sowle (Ca) 1:05.29; 2. Marcucci (NE) 1:10.29; 3. A. Smithson (Pr) 1:13.12; 4. Brittany Paasch (Ca) 1:14.33.

Discus — 1. Sydney Laufenberg (PoP) 116-0; 2. Kiana Turner (Ca) 102-4; 3. Lindsey Short (Ca) 101-1; 4. Katy Steinbach (Pr) 95-3; 5 Ashley Kruse (NE) 90-9; 6 Ally Bottorff (Bel) 88-1.

High jump — 1. Courtney Sowle (Ca) 5-10; 2. Brooke Krogman (Pr) 4-10; 2. Schnoor (Ca) 4-10; 5. Alyssa Roth (NE) 4-6.

Long jump — 1. Alaina Martensen (Ml) 15-1.25; 2. Sydney Grell (Ca) 15-0.5; 3. Brooke Wagner (Pre) 14-07.75; 6. Peyton Gray (NE) 13-11.00.

Shot put — 1. Sydney Laufenberg (PoP) 36-7.5; 2. Katy Steinbach (Pre) 36-2.5; 3. Amanda Kieffer (Pr) 33-5; 6. Short (Ca) 31-4.5.

400 relay —1. Camanche (Jordan Nissen, Erin Dunn, Morgan Lyons, McDanel) 52.58; 2. Bellevue 53.87; 3. Northeast 55.86; 5. Preston 57.96; 6. Calamus Wheatland 59.62.

800 relay — 1. Northeast (Rylee Dickey, Marcucci, Hildebrandt, Diedrich) 1:47.24; 2. Camanche 1:50.67; 5. Calamus Wheatland 2:00.82; 6. Preston 2:00.95.

1,600 relay —1. Camanche (Mensinger, Schnoor, Kylie Vogel, Sowle) 4:13.58; 2. Northeast 4:27.46; 4. Preston 4:31.54; 5. Bellevue 4:57.80.

3,200 relay — 1. Preston (Cassie Aldis, Gabi Vasconcelos, Madeline Geier, Meghan McLaughlin) 10:24.00; 2. Northeast 10:32.94; 3. Bellevue 10:35.54; 4. Calamus Wheatland 11:00.13.

400 shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche (Campie, Paasch, Demi Edens, Lefebure) 1:14.92; 2. Bellevue 1:14.96; 3. Preston 1:20.93; 4 Northeast 1:25.20; 5. Calamus Wheatland 1:31.84.

800 medley — 1. Bellevue (Anna Ambrosy, Mariah Steines, Rachel Kilburg, Lampe) 1:56.02; 2. Camanche 2:00.76; 3. Northeast 2:03.85; 4. Calamus Wheatland 2:04.38.

1,600 medley — 1. Camanche (Nissen, Erin Dunn, Vogel, Schnoor) 4:30.65; 3. Calamus Wheatland 4:41.60; 4. Preston 5:00.01; 5. Northeast 5:01.06; 6. Bellevue 5:03.03.