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Despite Two Setbacks

By Staff | May 19, 2009

NECK?AND?NECK - Emmetsburg’s Trevor Dettmann, left, and teammate Jake Morris, right, would finish first and third, respectively, to qualify for the state track meet in the 110 high hurdles at Friday’s Class 2A District Meet in Eagle Grove. The E’Hawks were disappointed when both the shuttle hurdle relay and 4x200 relay were disqualified after apparently winning their heats. -- Dan Voigt photo.

EAGLE?GROVE – Friday’s Class 2A District track meet was filled with highs and lows for the Emmetsburg E’Hawk track squad. In a cruel twist of fate, two of Emmetsburg’s most promising relays ended up being disqualified and eliminated from advancing to the state track meet later this week.

The Shuttle Hurdle Relay, which has posted one of the top three times in the state in Class 2A all season, cracked off a :59.00 time to apparently win the event on Friday, only to be disqualified for a runner leaving early during the race.

Soon afterwards, the 4×200 relay, also in the top times in the state, was disqualified after an apparent win due to an exchange zone violation.

Despite those two crushing blows, the E’Hawks battled strong competition, rain and stiff northerly winds as the evening passed to earn state meet berths for two hurdlers and the 4×100 relay team.

Senior Trevor Dettmann was the leader of the pack in the 110 high hurdles, winning the event with a :14.87 time, while teammate Jake Morris would finish third with a :15.36 clocking to also earn a state meet berth.

Emmetsburg’s 4×100 relay, comprised of Justin DeFord, Dettmann, Cory Schultes and Tommy Kuecker, would earn a third place finish to also advance to the State Track Meet with their time of :45.85.

The E’Hawks just missed qualification in the long jump, as senior Taylor Morris jumped 19’2.75“, finishing fourth by less than four inches. Teammate Trevor Dettmann finished fifth, jumping 19’1” in the event.

JC?Rezabek earned fifth place in the shot put, throwing 44’2” while teammate Lucas Thomsen threw the shot 43’7.5″ for a sixth place finish and also placed sixth in the discus, throwing the platter 118’6“.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Joey Naig earned fifth place with a :59.20 time and Jake Morris finished sixth with a time of 1:00.37 in the event and Keaton Carter ran the 400 meter dash in a time of :56.2, good for eighth place.

The Mile Medley relay, with Langston Jones, Taylor Morris, Cory Schultes and Jake Carlson, finished eighth in 4:03.2, while the 4×400 relay, with Keaton Carter, Langston Jones, Cory Schultes and Tommy Kuecker, finished in tenth place with a 3:50.1 clocking.

Allen Dunnick earned tenth place in the 3200 meter run with an 11:44.4 time, while Brady Berkland ran the 200 meter dash in :24.4, good for 11th place.

Bobby Gappa earned a 12th place finish in he 800 meter run in a time of 2:23.1, while Chad Loomis finished the 3200 meters in 12:07.9, good for 14th place. Brady Berkland finished the 100 meter dash in :12.14 for 15th place and Allen Dunnick finished the 1600 meter run in a time of 5:16.1, good for 16th place.

Josh Wolfe finished in 16th place in the discus, throwing 109’8″, while Chad Loomis finished in 20th place in the 1600 meter run with his 5:42.4 effort.

The State Track and Field Championships begin this Thursday, May 21, at Drake University on the Jim Duncan Track, and will continue through Saturday, May 23.