The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 17, 2013

Indians smile all the way to title

By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A broad grin covered Shykeem Williams’ face as he completed his leg of the shuttle hurdle relay.

After attacking the first couple of hurdles the way a fullback might burst through the line, he couldn’t help but laugh about his eventful journey. Of course, it was easy to laugh since he and his Camanche teammates still won the event easily, by nearly five seconds.

But that’s the kind of day it was for the Indians.

Camanche won nine of the 18 events to run away with the Class B title Tuesday at the Gateway Classic boys track and field meet on Bill Holsclaw Track. Northeast, which won six events, was a distant second with 130 points, while the Clinton junior varsity took third with 93.

“That was bad, so bad,” Williams said of his leg after the Indians won the shuttle hurdle relay in 1 minute, 3.71 seconds, their worst time of the year, according to anchor runner Mike Osaro. “I think I set the blocks wrong.

“I’m used to running the hurdles; I love running the hurdles. I think our hurdles team is great. We’ve got a good future ahead.”

Despite his misadventures in the relay, his teammates are happy for the addition of Williams, who transferred in from Argo High School in Summitt, Ill. His addition has helped the unit lower its time, and it entered the day with the seventh-fastest time in Class 2A.

Williams proved his ability later in the night, matching Osaro step for step as they raced to a 1-2 finish in the 110-meter high hurdles race. Osaro won in 16.08 seconds, two-hundredths ahead of Williams.

“It’s great (having Williams) because in practice we’re always pushing each other,” Osaro said, comparing it with his anchor legs in the shuttle hurdle when he usually is well out in front. “It makes it hard when I’m running by myself. I feel I can’t reach my full potential.”

Plus, the 1-2 finish brought in 18 team points.

“In a race like that, we’re getting double points for the team,” Osaro said.

Derek Harksen earned a bundle of points for the Indians, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchoring wins in the 800 and 1,600 relays.

“My 200 was the best,” he said of the win in 22.47 seconds. “I think I got a PR (personal record) in the 200.”

There was some disappointment, though, because they didn’t reach their goal in the 1,600, where they hoped to qualify for the Drake Relays.

“We were three seconds slow,” Harksen said after seeing the winning time of 3:32.05. “We all gave our all, though.”

Camanche also got wins in the discus — Cody Mensinger threw it 127 feet, 9 inches — the 3,200 relay and the 400 relay, a race in which the Indians have recorded the second-best time in 2A this spring.

“We have a pretty solid group up and down, starting with the 3,200 (the first individual race of the meet), where we were second and third,” Metzger said. “One of the biggest surprises was the four-by-one. We subbed two guys — we took out Osaro and Harksen and put in Aaron Shum and Thomas Brantley (and won in 44.83 seconds).”

Northeast’s second-place finish featured two individual wins for Eli Kaczinski in the 3,200 and 1,600. He tried to make it a distance sweep in the 800, but despite passing two runners on the second lap he had to settle for third. Teammate Nick Anderson won the 800 in 2:06.34, though, so that took away some of the sting.

“I’m happy for Nick; it was a good win,” Kaczinski said. “It’s real tough (running the three distance races). It’s all about endurance by the time you hit that point (the 800). I still set my PR (2:08.28). It’s not very often I run all three. It’s usually an option for me to run the 800.”

Kaczinski won the 3,200 in 10:16.13 and the 1,600 in 4:49.64.

“The two-mile is my better race,” he said. “My endurance is a little better than my foot speed, but I’m more happy with my one-mile time tonight.”

The Rebels also got wins by Bo Lingle in the high jump (5-6), Nick Kennicker in the 400 hurdles (58.10) and the 1,600 medley relay unit, where Connor Soenksen outdueled Camanche’s Kyle Gifford in the final 800-meter leg and pulled out a come-from-behind win in 3:49.71.

“It’s my first time running the anchor in the D-med,” Soenksen said.

The win helped make up for the disappointment he had when he false-started in the 400 and was disqualified.

“That kind of sucks because I thought I had a pretty good chance of winning it,” Soenksen said.

Ryan Mayberry of Morrison wound up winning the 800 in 52.43. Other winners were Maquoketa’s Josh Kirk in the long jump (20-0.5) and Preston’s Keaton Tebbe in the shot put (46-1).

GATEWAY CLASSIC CLASS B

Team standings

1. Camanche 185; 2. Northeast 130; 3. Clinton JV 93; 4. Maquoketa 58; 5. West Carroll 47; 6. Preston 27; 7. Morrison 12. Scoring: 10-8-6-4-2-1.

Individual results

(All scorers)

3,200 meters — 1. Kaczinski (NE) 10:16.13; 2. Peterson (Cam) 10:50.40; 3. Everson (Cam) 10:53.49; 4. Butler (NE) 11:17.45; 5. Dandona (WC) 11:45.80; 6. Dunlap (CJV) 12:01.44.

3,200 relay — 1. Camanche (Jones, Seeser, Gifford, Mensinger) 8:36.06; 2. Northeast 9:18.77; 3. Clinton JV 9:34.80; 4. West Carroll 9:50.71; 5. Maquoketa 10:19.24.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche (Brantley, Norman, Williams, Osaro) 1:03.71; 2. Clinton JV 1:08.39; 3. Northeast 1:10.95; 4. West Carroll 1:13.97; 5. Preston 1:19.44; 6. Northeast 1:26.76.

100 — 1. Harksen (Cam) 11.23; 2. Nissen (Cam) 11.50; 3. Kirk (Maq) 11.56; 4. Klein (WC) 11.69; 5. Tubbs (Maq) 11.97; 6. Smith (CJV) 12.01.

400 — 1. Mayberry (Mor) 52.43; 2. Seeser (Cam) 53.92; 3. Anderson (NE) 54.24; 4. Kabala (Maq) 54.96; 5. Horst (CJV) 58.06; 6. Mooney (CJV) 58.43.

800 relay — 1. Camanche (McDaniel, Nissen, Osaro, Harksen) 1:33.18; 2. Preston 1:37.01; 3. Clinton JV 1:39.04; 4. Northeast 1:39.53; 5. West Carroll 1:45.49.

110 hurdles — 1. Osaro (Cam) 16.08; 2. Williams (Cam) 16.10; 3. Chamberlain (CJV) 17.61; 4. Kennicker (NE) 17.74; 4. Shwenker (Maq) 17.81; 6. Ebensberger (CJV) 17.87.

1,600 — 1. Kaczinski (NE) 4:49.64; 2. Jones (Cam) 4:55.69; 3. Casey (WC) 4:56.54; 4. Koppes (Maq) 5:06.32; 5. Peterson (Cam) 5:12.18; 6. Bielenberg (NE) 5:15.97.

200 — 1. Harksen (Cam) 22.47; 2. Klein (WC) 23.42; 3. Kirk (Maq) 23.60; 4. Boughton (NE) 23.62; 5. Nissen (Cam) 23.92; 6. Strathman (Maq) 24.25.

400 hurdles — 1. Kennicker (NE) 58.10; 2. Norman (Cam) 58.63; 3. Chamberlain (CJV) 1:01.47; 4. Beal (Cam) 1:04.05; 5. McCollery (WC) 1:04.12; 6. McKenzie (CJV) 1:04.62.

1,600 medley relay — 1. Northeast (Hildebrandt, Boughton, Hasken, Soenksen) 3:49.71; 2. Camanche 3:58.81; 3. Clinton JV 4:08.25; 4. Maquoketa 4:22.93; 5. West Carroll 4:40.02.

800 — 1. Anderson (NE) 2:06.34; 2. Kabala (Maq) 2:07.31; 3. Kaczinski (NE) 2:08.28; 4. Jones (Cam) 2:09.91; 5. Mayberry (Mor) 2:12.49; 6. Casey (WC) 2:12.49.

400 relay — 1. Camanche (McDaniel, Nissen, Shum, Brantley) 44.83; 2. Maquoketa 45.06; 3. Clinton JV 46.41; 4. Northeast 46.88; 5. West Carroll 56.34.

1,600 relay — 1. Camanche (Mensinger, Brantley, Osaro, Harksen) 3:32.05; 2. Clinton JV 3:40.33; 3. Northeast 3:40.58; 4. Preston 3:47.17; 5. West Carroll 3:49.17; 6. Maquoketa 3:51.17.

Shot put — 1. Tebbe (Pres) 46-1; 2. Kaczinski (Dam) 38-10; 3. Besselieu (CJV) 38-8; 4. Milroy (CJV) 38-6; 5. Moeller (NE) 38-3; 6. Stoecker (NE) 37-5.

Discus — 1. Mensinger (Cam) 127-9; 2. Judd (CJV) 123-3; 3. Lauritzen (CJV) 113-2; 4. Kaczinski (Cam) 112-0; 5. Tebbe (Pres) 109-5; 6. Earles (Pres) 107-10.

Long jump — 1. Kirk (Maq) 20-0.5; 2. Lingle (NE) 19-11; 3. Boughton (NE) 19-4; 4. Robinson (CJV) 18-6.5; 5. Brantley (Cam) 18-1; 6. Seeser (Cam) 17-10.

High jump — 1. Lingle (NE) 5-6; 2. McColley (WC) 5-4; 3. Pope (CJV) 5-2; 4. Roth (Cam) 5-2; Beal (Cam) 5-0.