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MMC boys win Heartland Relays

Friday, May 15, 2009

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn hurdler Jordan Boekhout flies over the hurdles during a recent shuttle hurdle relay victory for the Eagles at the MMC Co-ed Relays in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
Eagle girls second in their division

MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys won first place in their competition, and the MMC girls claimed second place in theirs at the annual Heartland Relays here Tuesday night in chilly, windy conditions.

The MMC boys notched nine first-pace finishes to total the winning 160 points for team score, followed by Hinton 140, Akron-Westfield 100, Storm Lake St. Mary's 92, West Sioux 32, and Aurelia 20.

Will Hanson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn stays low and focused as he skims the hurdles on his way to one more victory. Hanson is one of the Class 1A leading 110 hurdlers in the state and is also a member of the Eagles' acclaimed shuttle hurdle relay team. Photo by Paul Struck
In the girls division, Hinton won the team title with 207 point, followed by MMC 115, West Sioux 93, A-W 64, Aurelia 39, and St. Mary's 21.

Individual firsts for the host Eagles in the boys competition included Will Hanson's 15.68 clocking in the 110 hurdles, Blaine Dammann's 11.36 time in the 100 meters, Jat Welp's 4:50 time in the 1600 meters, and Neal Bunt's 54.64 time in the 400 meters.

The Eagles' 4x200 (1:34), medley (3:51), shuttle hurdle (1:03), 4x100 (45.49), and 4x400 (3:39)relay teams also earned first-place finishes. Names of the runners aboard the MMC relays were not submitted.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn distance runner Jeri Welp leads teammate Anna Wilcox around the track while decorated veteran track and field starter Jack Foresman of Cleghorn counts off the laps at a recent meet in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
Seconds for the MMC boys went to Alex Roseen with a 114-1 discus throw, Jordan Boekhout's 17.13 time in the 110 hurdles and 1:01 time in the 400 hurdles, and Jacob Lehnhoff's 11.79 clocking in the 100 meters.

Roseen was fourth in the shot put with a 37-6 effort, John Hoefling fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17-2 1/4 and fourth in the 400 meters in 59.67, and Zac Specht was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:21.

The Eagles' 4x800 relay team was third in 9:38.

For the Aurelia boys, Aaron Bruce was second in the 800 meters in 2:18, and third in the 3200 meters in 11:48.

Kelsey Alesch of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn waits patiently in the starting blocks before the start of the shuttle hurdle relay, while teammate Annie Wester, who runs the third leg of the relay, holds the blocks. Photo by Paul Struck
In the girls action, MMC claimed one first and a whopping seven second-place finishes. That first-place finish was the sprint medley relay unit of Jena Mittlestadt, Rachel McDermott, Ashley Schneider, and Erica Dreckman timed in 1:56.

Eagle seconds included Dreckman's 12.94 clocking in the 100 meters, Schneider's 27.7 time in the 200 meters, and Taylor Hohbach's 86-10 discus throw.

Four MMC relay teams finished second, including the 4x200 of Dreckman, Mittlestadt, Amanda Hoefling, and Schneider timed in 1:52; the 4x800 of Reagan McDaniel, Carly Lehnhoff, Kayla Foresman, and Jeri Welp timed in 12:43; the 4x400 of Lehnhoff, Kelsey Sears, Foresman, and McDaniel timed in 4:58; and the 4x100 of Mittlestadt, McDermott, Hoefling, and Schneider timed in 53.5.

This dandy group of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn runners set a new MMC school record in the medley relay at the recent MMC Relays in Marcus. They are, left to right, Jacob Lehnhoff, Blaine Dammann, Neal Bunt, and Jay Welp. Photo contributed
MMC thirds went to Anna Wilcox with a 6:26 time in the 1500 meters, and a 13.37 time in the 3000 meters; Hohbach's 27-10 1/2 shot put; and the shuttle hurdle relay of Kelsey Alesch, Welp, Annie Wester, and Sara Peters timed in 1:29.

Fourths went to Lehnhoff's 1:11 time in the 400 meters; Hoefling's 28.4 time in the 200 meters; Christina Wilkens' 6:39 time in the 1500 meters; and the distance medley relay of Hoefling, Jalyn Doeden, McDermott, and Sears clocked in 5:08.

For the Aurelia girls, Shaina Thevenin was third in the long jump with a 15-3 1/4 leap, and third in the 100 meters in a time of 13.50. Ashley Anderson was second in the 100 hurdles in a time of 18.38. The Aurelia 4x200 relay was third in 1:57. No names were submitted for that relay team.

"It was a good meet to have for the Eagles, not perfect weather, but it was at home which is a big advantage mentally and physically," noted MMC coach Ric Collins. "Some people wanted better results, but scoring points for our team is why we have team trophies.

"All season the girls have given their best, and I'm sure they will on Friday at Districts."

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