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May 17, 2013

Indians' Harksen takes 2nd in 400

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Harksen’s second-place finish gave the Indians eight points and put them in a tie for seventh place in the Class 2A standings.

The Indians also earned a spot in the finals of the shuttle hurdle relay. Thomas Brantley, Devin Norman, Shykeem Williams and Mike Osaro took second in their heat and fourth overall in 59.71. North Polk led the qualifying by setting a 1A record with a winning time of 58.17.

Northeast scored five points and was tied for 15th. The Rebels scored in a pair of events.

Eli Kaczinski helped himself with a late pass and placed fifth in the 3,200 meters in 9:59.65. Michael Melchert led a 1-2 finish for Monticello, winning the event in 9:38.93. Bellevue’s Andrew Meyer was 14th (10:18.12).

“I knew if people were going to catch me, I was going to have to catch someone,” Kaczinski said. “I’m happy to break 10 minutes -- that’s my best time this year.”

He said the runners went out a little fast for his liking.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I didn’t want to go out the first mile that fast. I did my best to hang on. After the first half mile, you could see the group in front would be the first group, and I tried to stay in contact with them.”

Northeast got its other point from an eighth-place finish by Kevin Boughton in the long jump. His first jump was his best (20-9), but five of his jumps were better than 20.

“It’s not too bad,” he said. “I wanted to at least make the finals. I wanted to jump better, but I met one goal, at least.”

Teammate Bo Lingle finished 13th in the event at 20-0.

Camanche (14th, 8:24.97) and Northeast (22nd, 8:35.59) both placed in the 3,200 relay.

In girls events, Northeast’s Tierra Hildebrandt surprised herself by qualifying for Saturday’s final in the 100 meters, and she did it by the slimmest of margins. She was the eighth and final qualifier, in 13.084 seconds, edging Roland-Story’s Kayla Johnston by three-throusandths of a second. The Rebels’ Danae Diedrich was 15th overall in 13.26.

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