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Emmetsburg Thinclads Run Well At State Track

By Staff | May 20, 2008

DES MOINES – In a track and field season that had more cloudy, cold and windy days than actual competition, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks and E’Hawks persevered to consistently improve in their respective efforts. The hard work paid off over the past weekend under perfect conditions at the 2008 State Track and Field Championships in Des Moines.

Both the E’Hawks and Lady E’Hawks came home with solid efforts and placings to cap off a trying year of competition.

“I am extremely proud of these young women for their performances at the state meet and for their terrific season,” noted Lady E’Hawk Head Coach Jeff Brennan.

“The guys did really competed at the State Track Meet and I am very proud of their

efforts and everything they accomplished this year, “ agreed E’Hawk Head Coach Joe Carter.

Girls Efforts

For the Lady E’Hawks, state opened with a shaky start on Thursday for the Shuttle Hurdle Relay. The foursome of Nicole Leuer, Katie Malm, Bailee Moore and Kayla Herbers started out well, but Leuer stumbled after a hurdle before Malm caught a hurdle and fell to the track. Malm quickly sprang to her feet and finished out the leg as Emmetsburg battled back to a 1:09.78 finish, which was the 21st fastest time of the meet.

“The shuttle hurdle was running well enough in their heat to win, be we caught that hurdle and went down,” Brennan noted. “The girls were very disappointed in not making the finals, but showed great improvement and promise in the relay, will all four of the girls back next year.”

Kayla Herbers would compete on Friday in the 100 meter hurdles and finished with a :15.75, the ninth fastest time overall, missing out on the finals by .12 of a second.

The 4×200 relay would run a 1:37.84 time on Friday for an 11th place finish, as the quartet of Katie Malm, Jaimee Kerber, Mollie Smith and Kayla Herbers set a new Emmetsburg High School record with the effort.

On Saturday morning, the Lady E’Hawks ran the Sprint Medley Relay, with Mollie Smith, Jaimee Kerber, Katie Malm and Kayla Herbers turing in a 1:50.85 time, good for a fourth place finish and another new EHS School record. The time was also highlighted by a :56.85 anchor leg by Herbers to round out the Lady E’Hawks’ state performances.

“We really had two great relay showings in the 4×200 and the Sprint Medley,” Brennan noted. “We ran the 4×200 out of the slow heat and the Sprint Medley placed high enough to score five points and earn medals for the girls. Kayla Herbers had two great anchor legs in the relays and she did a great job of bouncing back after a disappointing ninth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles.”

Men’s Results

The E’Hawk boys gave their all and then some at the state meet, according to Coach Joe Carter. “They did everything that was asked of them, running in most cases our fastest times of the year.”

Jordan Mathisen started the E’Hawks efforts out on Thursday, competing in the shot put competition, where he would earn a fourth place finish in the competition, throwing 53’4.25“. A throw of 16’11.5” won the competition.

“Jordan Mathisen had probably his best series of throws of his career, which included two throws over 52 ft and two more throws over 53 ft to finish fourth overall,” Carter noted.

In the shuttle hurdle relay preliminaries, Emmetsburg’s foursome of Jake Vaughan, Jake Morris, Trevor Dettmann and Ethan Dykstra, improved on their season time by winning the first heat with a :58.08 time and qualifying for Saturday’s finals in the event.

On Friday, the E’Hawks’ 4×200 relay took to the track for a timed final event. the quartet of Bobby Mortenson, Tommy Kuecker, Justin DeFord and Mitch Wagner, turned in a time of 1:33.20 to finish in ninth place overall.

“Our 4×200 ran 1:32.96 (Fully Automated Timing deduction), over a second faster than our fastest time of the year,” Carter noted. “We went into the the meet with the 14th fastest time, and finished ninth.”

Ethan Dykstra competed in the 400 meter hurdles and came up with a time of :58.87 in the timed finals, and finished in 21st place overall in the event.

In the discus competition, Josh Wolfe would throw the platter 122’7” for a ninth place finish in his flight, and 21st finishing position overall.

Friday’s action would close with Ethan Dykstra and Trevor Dettmann running in qualifying preliminaries of the 110 high hurdles. Dykstra was third in the first head with a :15.43 time, while Dettmann was first in the third heat with a :15.29 clocking. Both E’Hawks would qualify for Saturday’s finals with the efforts.

For Saturday’s finals, the shuttle hurdle relay, with Vaughan, Morris, Dettmann and Dykstra, the competition was stiff, with the E’Hawks finishing in third place overall with their time of :57.91, their fastest time of the season. Hudson would win the event with a :57.09, a new state meet record time.

“Our shuttle hurdle team ran their two fastest times of the year, which were both school records, and ended up finishing third overall,” Carter said.

Rounding out the effort were Trevor Dettmann and Ethan Dykstra in the 110 high hurdles. Running side-by-side, Dettmann would gain a slight advantage and finished fifth overall with a :15.18 clocking, while Dykstra finished seventh in a time of :15.64 to round out Emmetsburg’s state appearance.

“Our 110m High Hurdlers had two great runs, making it to the finals and finished fifth and seventh,” Carter said. “They ran with great E’Hawk Pride.”