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Will Hanson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn was alone in the lead on his way to winning the 110-meter hurdles at the Alta Boys Relays Tuesday night in Alta. MMC won the Class A division. Photo by Dan Whitney
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ALTA - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys edged the Alta Cyclones for the Class A team championship at Tuesday's Alta Boys Relays, with the Eagles posting a 118 team total to the Cyclones' 115.

Newell-Fonda was also in the mix, finishing third with 113 points, and they were followed by Schaller-Crestland (88 points) and River Valley (74).

The boys were off and running at the gun at Tuesday's 1600-meter run at the Alta Boys Relays. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn won the Class A division, and Ar-We-Va won the Class B. Photo by Dan Whitney
MMC amassed 46 of their 118 points in the hurdle events - taking first place in the shuttle hurdle relay, as well as first and second place finishes in both the 110 meter high hurdles and the 400 meter lows.

Will Hansen took the 110 highs in a time of 15.62, followed by teammate Jordan Boekhout in 17.85. The 400 lows were captured by the Eagles' Neal Bunt in a time of 1:00.88, edging out teammate Boekhout by a razor-thin .01 margin. The Eagles' winning shuttle hurdle unit, not surprisingly, breezed to their win in 1:02.9, a 6. 2 second margin over second place River Valley, and nearly 3 seconds faster than the meet mark of 1:05.86, which they set last year.

Other MMC points were earned by Bunt, whose time of 56.24 in the 400 meter dash was good for second place; Jacob Lenhoff, who took third in the 200 meters (24.75); Blaine Dammann and Lenhoff took 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the 100 meter dash, with times of 11.81 and 11.96; Boekhout was 3rd in the high jump, with a leap of 5-6; Alex Roseen took 2nd in the discus (123-4) and 4th in the shot put (40-1 1/2) and John Hoefling finished 4th in the long jump with a jump of 17-2.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys track and field coach Brad Cave, left, and assistant Lonnie Boekhout, middle, talk strategy with a couple Eagles at he Alta Boys Relays in Alta Tuesday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
River Valley's points were earned with their 2nd place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay, a 2nd in the 4 x 100; a 3rd place finish by Dylan Bogenrief (2:21.95) in the 800 meters; 3rd (Ethan Todd, 18.6) and 4th (Todd Bever, 18.97) place finishes in the 110 hurdles; 3rd in both the 4 x 800 (9:41.50) and 1600 medley (4:09.25) relays; 4th place by Taylor Georgopoulus in the 400 hurdles (1:03.67); 4th in the 4 x 400 relay (4:09.78); Blaine Cullen's 5th place in the high jump (5-2) and 6th place finishes by Zach Hullinger in the discus (90-2 3/4), Dylan Fluko in the long jump (16-11), and Chris Witt in the 1600 meters (6:18.58).

In Class B, the Aurelia team came away with two first places on their way to 53 points and a 5th place finish in the team standings.

First place finishes for the Bulldogs went to the 4 x 800 relay team of Taylor Witzel, Aaron Bruce, Brandon Pedersen, and Steve Berg (9:06.44), and the 1600 medley relay team of Kaleb Howey, Jacob Howey, Aaron Bruce, and Brandon Pedersen (3:56.76).

Aurelia's Taylor Witzel takes off ahead of the baton exchange from teammate Jacob Howey during track and field action at the Alta Boys Relays Tuesday in Alta. Photo by Dan Whitney
Second place finishes for Aurelia went to Brandon Pedersen in the 1600 meter run (5:02.25) and the 4 x 400 team of Witzel, Bruce, Jacob Howey, and Pedersen (3:49.99). Elliot Zadow placed 4th in the discus and 6th in the shot put; the 4 x 200 team of Kaleb Howey, Jacob Howey, Witzel and Zadow placed 4th (1:44.36), as did the 4 x 100 team of Kaleb Howey, Zadow, Evan Laursen, and Zach Nixon (54.11).

The Bulldogs placed 6th in several individual events, including Jacob Howey in the 100 meters (12.56); Evan Laursen in the 200 meters (28.51); Aaron Bruce in the 400 meters (58.53); and Steve Berg in the 800 meters (2:40.52).

Ar-We-Va won Class B team honors, scoring 150 points, and Odebolt-Arthur finished second, with 134 points. Storm Lake St,. Mary's was third (108), followed by Whiting (96) and Aurelia (53).

The Aurelia boys and girls will both compete in the River Valley Invitational at Correctionville on Friday.

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