The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 30, 2013

Big East throwers tune up for conference meet

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — CAMANCHE — Camanche’s Cody Mensinger knows what it’s like to be a first-place thrower in the Big East Conference track and field meet. Preston’s Keaton Tebbe is hoping to know the feeling, too.

Both throwers tuned up for Thursday’s Big East Conference meet in Goose Lake by winning their specialty events Monday at the Camanche Invitational.

“I’ve won (conference) the past two years, and I plan to do it a third,” Mensinger said after winning the discus with a throw of 126 feet, 9 inches.

“I’m feeling pretty good about the conference meet,” Tebbe said.

Both of them will get a test from Lisbon’s Keegan Tritle, who leads the conference in both events.

“I’m sitting second behind Tritle, and I’d like to get back to first,” said Tebbe, who won the shot put Monday with a toss of 46-11.

Tebbe has surprised himself with his throws this season.

“I’ve gone farther than I thought I was going to be,” he said. “I’m working harder every day. I’d like to be close to 50.”

Tebbe said his technique was better this year. He is staying lower and using his legs more, he said.

But, he also credited his improvement to hard work and said it was easier to work hard because of the success he has enjoyed.

“It pushes me every meet,” he said. “The next meet I want to be my best meet.”

Technique also is a key for Mensinger, one of the lighter throwers around.

“It does surprise me,” he said of his success in the discus. “I look at others I compete against and I’m smaller. I can hang with big guys. It’s mostly technique. I’ve been working on my form.”

Not only does Mensinger’s size make him unique among throwers, he also is one of the better runners on a team full of good runners. He has the team’s best time in the 800 meters this year and also runs in relays.

The Indians have plenty of other talent, too, and that makes Mensinger and his teammates excited about their chances at coming away with the team title Thursday.

“Our team chemistry holds us together,” he said. “We have fun doing what we do.”

No results were reported.

Kings 2nd at Muscatine

MUSCATINE — Clinton placed second behind Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Monday at the Dave Matthews Invitational boys track and field meet, getting a tuneup on the same track where Thursday’s Mississippi Athletic Conference meet will be held.

The River Kings didn’t run in many of their best events, as coach Tony Smith planned to treat the meet more like a workout.

Deshond Robinson was a double winner in the sprints to lead Clinton, which finished with 93 points. He won the 100-meter dash in 11.40 seconds and the 400 in 49.03.

Cody Collender took second in the long jump and also ran on the runner-up 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams.

Clinton won the junior varsity team title.

Rebels place 2nd

MAQUOKETA — Northeast/East Central placed second with 109 points and Clinton took sixth with 67.5 on Monday at the Cardinal Relays girls track and field meet.

Cascade won the 10-team event with 139 points.

Clinton had a pair of champions. Erin Wenzel won the 800 meters in 2:27.07, and Kim Kaster won the 3,000 in 11:33.27. Wenzel also took second to Bellevue/Marquette Catholic’s Sarah Lampe in the 400. Lampe won in 58.08, while Wenzel was next in 1:03.05.

Northeast picked up four titles. Aleenah Marcucci was a double winner in the hurdles. She won the 100 hurdles in 16.14 and the 400s in 1:07.50. Danae Diedrich won the 100 in 13.09. The Rebels also won the 800 relay in 1:47.54.

Preston’s Brooke Krogman tied for first in the high jump at 4-10.

DAVE MATTHEWS INVITATIONAL

Team standings

1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 128; 2. Clinton 93; 3. Muscatine 68; 4. Bettendorf 67; 5. Pleasant Valley 66; 6. Burlington 58; 7. Davenport West 56; 8. North Scott 22. Scoring: 10-8-6-4-2-1.

Individual results

(Winners, Clinton scorers)

3,200 meters — 1. Adrian Ortega (DW) 10:12.70.

3,200 relay — 1. Muscatine (Jon Centeno, Brady Eversmeyer, Rayce Miller, Seth Burton) 8:27.65.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Kennedy (Tom Kaiser, Sam Gray, Marcus Perkins, Evan Couch) 58.70; 3. Clinton (Derek Ebensberger, Austin Houzenga, Tyler Thacker, Stephen Baca) 1:02.35.

100 — 1. Deshond Robinson (Clin) 11.40.

400 — 1. D. Robinson (Clin) 49.03.

800 relay — 1. Kennedy (Jacob Shannon, Triston Christopher, Famiek Cook, Derek Jacobus) 1:33.45; 2. Clinton (Cody Collender, Eric Maddasion, Thacker, Marquis Robinson) 1:34.81.

110 hurdles — 1. Isaac Schroeder (Mus) 15.56; 2. Houzenga (Clin) 16.06.

1,600 — 1. Rane Nichols (DW) 4:41.15.

200 — 1. Cook (CRK) 22.96; 5. Jason Banker (Clin) 23.63.

400 hurdles — 1. Perkins (CRK) 57.32; 4. Houzenga (Clin) 59.27.

1,600 sprint medley — 1. Burlington (Tomose’ Chew, Justin Randall, Day-Shawn Simmon, Steve Kruse) 3:46.66; 4. Clinton (Dustin Caldwell, Alex Caldwell, M. Robinson, Nathan Schroeder) 3:57.23.

800 — Ortega (DW) 2:02.33.

400 relay — 1. Kennedy (John Koelling, Jacobus, Riley Schultejans, Cook) 43.98; 3. Clinton (Collender, Maddasion, Thacker, D. Robinson) 44.76.

1,600 relay — 1. Bettendorf (Jordan Bonner, Michael Young, Archie Weindruch, Devon Clarke) 3:30.07; 2. Clinton (Collender, Houzenga, Jon Cady, Banker) 3:30.64.

Long jump — 1. Jacobus (CRK) 20-5; 2. Collender (Clin) 18-6.

High jump — 1. Randall (Bur) 6-4; 3. Brady Ernst (Clin) 6-0; 4. (tie) Will Carr (Clin) 5-10.

Shot put — 1. Drew Heitland (CRK) 49-10; 3. Nathan Harden (Clin) 47-1.

Discus — 1. Jess Jacobsen (Bet) 134-10; 6. Ben Lauritzen (Clin) 106-7.

GIRLS

CARDINAL RELAYS

Team standings

1. Cascade 139; 2. Northeast 109; 3. Western Dubuque 96; 4. West Delaware 88.5; 5. Center Point-Urbana 76; 6. Clinton 67.5; 7. Bettendorf 47; 8. Bellevue/Marquette Catholic 38; 9. Preston 37; 10. Maquoketa 32. Scoring: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Individual results

(Winners, area scorers)

100 meters — 1. Danae Diedrich (NE) 13.09; 4. Tierra Hildebrandt (NE) 13.34.

200 — 1. Emily Thole (WD) 25.99; 3. Diedrich (NE) 26.77; 6. Sarah Lampe (BMC) 27.92; 7. Rylee Dickey (NE) 28.31.

400 — 1. Lampe (BMC) 58.08; 2. Erin Wenzel (Clin) 1:03.05; 4. Alyssa Roth (NE) 1:05.19; 6. Tess Nissen (Maq) 1:09.42.

800 — 1. Wenzel (Clin) 2:27.07; 2. Hannah Kilburg (NE) 2:29.82; 5. Theresa Koos (BMC) 2:33.61.

1,500 — 1. Kylie Kelchen (Cas) 5:04.96; 3. Hannah Kilburg (NE) 5:20.63; 4. Kim Kaster (Clin) 5:25.22; 5. Josye Kaczinski (NE) 5:33.35; 6. Alexis Namer (Clin) 5:40.97.

3,000 — 1. Kaster (Clin) 11:33.27; 3. Kaitlynn Riley (NE) 12:01.82; 4. Emily Franks (NE) 12:13.88; 6. Erica Drake (Bel) 13:39.83; 8. Sabrina Lippens (Pres) 14:11.12.

100 hurdles — 1. Aleenah Marcucci (NE) 16.14; 7. Rachel Kilburg (BMC) 17.59.

400 hurdles — 1. Marcucci (NE) 1:07.50; 2. Aubree Taylor (Maq) 1:07.88; 5. Abby Smithson (Pres) 1:14.88.

400 relay — 1. Western Dubuque 51.59; 2. Northeast 51.69; 6. Bellevue 55.60; 7. Clinton 56.55.

800 relay — 1. Northeast 1:47.54; 3. Maquoketa 1:49.73; 8. Clinton 1:56.02.

1,600 relay — 1. Western Dubuque 4:12.73; 2. Maquoketa 4:14.97; 4. Clinton 4:17.63; 5. Preston 4:31.79; 6. Bellevue 4:37.80.

3,200 relay — 1. Western Dubuque 9:53.14; 3. Clinton 10:19.77; 4. Preston 10:24.60; 5. Bellevue 10:32.95; 7. Maquoketa 11:39.40.

800 sprint medley — 1. Western Dubuque 1:54.26; 2. Northeast 1:58.32; 5. Clinton 2:04.56; 6. Bellevue 2:07.06.

Distance medley — 1. Western Dubuque 4:26.09.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. West Delaware 1:08.45; 4. Maquoketa 1:11.35; 6. Bellevue 1:14.83; 7. Preston 1:20.66.

High jump — 1. (tie) Brooke Krogman (Pres), Katie Green (Cas), Paige Deppe (WDub) 4-10; 4. (tie) Elle Tubbs (Clin) 4-8.

Long jump — 1. Keyonna Parnell (WDub) 15-4; 4. Brooke Wagner (Pres) 14-8; 6. Peyton Gray (NE) 13-8; 7 (tie) Raven Jones (Clin) 13-7.

Shot put — 1. Brooke Willson (CPU) 37-5.5; 2. Katy Steinbach (Pres) 36-5.5; 6. Erika Hammond (Clin) 34-3.

Discus — 1. Jenny Boeding (WDel) 126-4; 4. Alayna Geronzin (Clin) 106-3.5; 7. Ashley Kruse (NE) 92-6; 8. Traci Trenkamp (NE) 90-9.