Warrior boys continue to improve

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Elliot Kelly was part of the Warriors’ 440 meter shuttle hurdle relay team that finished second at the Upper Iowa Conference meet on May 6. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Ryan Schroeder finished 10th in the shot put at the Upper Iowa Conference meet.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central boys track and field team started last week with a sixth place finish at the MFL MarMac Bulldog Relays on May 3, and followed that with an eighth place mark at the Upper Iowa Conference meet. 


The Bulldog Relays included a 31-point performance and an overall quality effort from a team still improving and finding its place. 


Storm Huinker competed in the 100 meter dash, finishing ninth, and Corey Weber put in a solid fourth place finish in the 200, running the race in 26.02 and earning four points. 


Sean Wilwert ran the 110 meter hurdles in a personal record time of 18.74, placing fifth. In the 400 hurdles, Brayden Finley continued to impress with a third place finish in 1:08.00, earning six points. 


In the field events, Central had four athletes participate in the shot put, with James Eberhardt’s eighth place finish leading the team. He was followed by Ryan Schroeder in 13th, Sam Fettkether in 15th and Mark Hertrampf in 21st. The Warriors also sent four athletes into the discus and, again, Eberhardt was the top finisher. This time, Eberhardt was third, with a distance of 126 feet, 3 inches, which was good for six points. He was followed by Joel Thiese in 12th, Carson McClintock in 18th and Hunter Grimm in 20th.


A highlight of the meet was the long jump, where the Warriors had two top-10 finishers in Wilwert, who placed eighth, and Dan McGreal, who was ninth. 


In the relays, the squad of Sabastian Florek, Schroeder, Fettkether, and Grimm finished sixth place in the 4x100, while the group of Elliot Kelly, Lane Orr, Finley and Weber finished fifth in the 4x200. In the 4x400, Wilwert, Orr, McGreal and Finley combined to place seventh. In the shuttle hurdle relay, Finley, Kelly, McGreal and Wilwert crossed the line third, which added six points to the team total. 


The Warriors took this progress into the conference meet at North Fayette Valley on May 6, where they scored 22 points.


Florek had a ninth place finish in the 100 meter dash, while Huinker finished 12th. In the 200 meter dash, Weber was seventh with a time of 26.01, earning two points, while Fettkether finished 14th. Grimm ran in the 400, crossing the line 15th. 


The 110 meter hurdles provided a highlight with Wilwert’s eighth place finish in a time of 19.43. McGreal finished the race 10th. 


But it was the 400 meter hurdles that provided a bit of levity to the event for the Warriors, when Eberhardt competed in the race simply for the fun of doing so. He finished 14th, but the smile on his face was all that mattered. 


During the field events, Eberhardt surprisingly ended with a “no mark” in discus, so it was Thiese’s 11th place finish that led the team. Eberhardt rebounded in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 5 inches, which was good for seventh place and two points. Schroeder was 10th in the event with a throw of 30 feet, 10 inches. 


The relays were highlighted by the 440 meter shuttle hurdle relay, when the Warriors finished a close second with Finley, Kelly, McGreal and Wilwert crossing the line in 1:12.79 and earning eight points.


In the 4x200 meter relay, the group of Kelly, Orr, Finley and Weber put in a solid effort to finish fifth with a time of 1:46.59, earning four points. In the 800 sprint medley event, the Warriors sent out Kelly, Finley, Wilwert and Weber, who finished the race in sixth, earning three points. The Warrior team of Kelly, Wilwert, Orr and Weber finished seventh in the 4x100. 


The team will head next to the state qualifying meet at Edgewood-Colesburg on May 13. 

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