Comets claim top spot at Les Penick Relays

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - BCLUW’s Neifer Ralston clears a hurdle during the shuttle hurdle relay in the Les Penick Relays on Thursday in Conrad. The Comets won their home meet with 141 points.

CONRAD — BCLUW senior Jack Garber had one last chance to show out for his home fans on Thursday in the Comets’ Les Penick Relays, and he took full advantage of the opportunity.

Garber did what he usually has this year by winning the 100-meter dash, the 110 high hurdles and the 400 hurdles, and his team took the top honors as well with 141 points, 38 ahead of Aplington-Parkersburg in second place.

Garber, who signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Iowa State University track team on Thursday morning, broke his own school record in the 110 high hurdles by crossing the line in 14.41 seconds, and he cut his time in the 100 with an 11.2.

Garber also picked up a fourth victory on the day in the shuttle hurdle relay, where he combined with Coby Willett, Koty Kruse and Neifer Ralston to run a 1:02.52 and barely edge past North Tama’s 1:02.86.

Caleb Silver also had a great night in his final home meet. He started off by smoking the field in the 3,200, running a 10:30.57 to win the race by 40 seconds. Silver also took third in the 1,600 with a 4:57.42, while teammate Ruben Montoya won the event with a 4:53.02.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - East Marshall senior Cam Hungerford, left, races by BCLUW’s Treye Teske to win the 4x800-meter relay on Thursday in the Comets’ home Les Penick Relays in Conrad.

Though not his final home meet, Ralston also took home and individual top finish by winning the 400 with a time of 53.65 seconds, and he was second behind Garber in the 400 hurdles with a season-best 56.34. The distance medley relay also finished first for the Comets with a 3:58.10.

East Marshall came in third in the meet with 86 team points. Their toughest win came in the 4×800 relay, where the Mustangs just edged out BCLUW with an 8:56.32, thanks in part to a great finishing leg by Cam Hungerford.

Hunter Vilez had the lone individual event victory for East Marshall with a first-place throw in the discus of 132 feet, 1 inch, but there were also quite a few second-place showings for the Mustangs. Austin Elliott was second in the 100 behind Garber with an 11.41, Korbin Seth was second in the 200 with a 23.64, Cade Curphy — who ran the opening leg of the 4×800 — was second in the open 800 with a 2:11.45 and Hungerford took second in the 1,600 with a 4:54.26.

Gage Hulin continued his good form in the long jump by finishing second with a vault of 20-9 1/2, and he was third in the 400 with a 56.33.

West Marshall came in fifth on the team standings with 57 points. Jake Tollefson was the top point-getter for the Trojans as he won the 200 with a time of 23.40, took third in the 100 with an 11.46 and fifth in the long jump with a 19-7.

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Nick Thompson was fourth in the 3,200 with a 11:12.13, Luke Pinnick was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 40-0 3/4, and Jarrin Goecke was fifth in the 100 with an 11.57.

West Marshall also won the 4×200 relay with a 1:35.72, and it took second in the 4×100 with a 47.08.

North Tama finished in sixth place with 52 team points. Ryan McLean won the shot put with a toss of 43-4, and the 4×100 relay team placed first with a 46.33.

The shuttle hurdle was second for the Redhawks with a 1:02.86 and the 4×200 relay team took second with a 1:37.77. Tyler Morrison placed fourth individually in the 100 with an 11.47, Logan Kennedy was third in the 800 with a 2:15.80 and Tayten Payne was fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20-2 3/4.

GMG came in 10th out of 11 teams with 17 points, most of which came from the winning sprint medley relay that ran a 1:41.42, led by a great final leg by Ethan Karsjen. The 4×100 also finished in third for the Wolverines with a 47.29.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck was 11th on the team standings with 12 points. The 4×400 team was fourth for the Rebels in a time of 3:53.07 and Paul Brockett took third in the 3,200 with an 11:11.89.

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