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Solid Efforts At State For E-Hawk Athletes

By Staff | May 24, 2011

Kaity Degen finishes the anchor of the Sprint Medley Relay Saturday morning at the State Track Meet. Rain stopped just before the final day of competition began Saturday morning. The Lady E-Hawks finished third d in their heat with a time of 1:55.41, giving them an eighth place finish overall. -- Dan Voigt photo

DES?MOINES – The 2011 State Track and Field Championships will go down in the history books for lots of new record marks, and for lots of rain. For Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks and Lady E-Hawks, the State Track Meet will have plenty of memories of solid efforts, including a pair of second place finishes, and some disappointments along the way.

The E-Hawks earned a pair of runner-up finishes in relay events, as the Shuttle Hurdle Relay would place second Saturday morning and the 4×200 relay set a new Emmetsburg High School mark on their way to a second place finish on Friday afternoon in a steady rain at the Drake Stadium.

The E-Hawk Shuttle Hurdle Relay, comprised of Jake Stubbs, Cody Henderson, Austin Oppenheimer and Ryan Kliegl, opened the State meet appearance Thursday afternoon under sunny skies with a 1:00.17 effort to win their heat and set the fast qualifying mark for Saturday’s final in Class 1A.

Saturday dawned with rain falling, but the skies dried up as the final session started, and by the time the Shuttle Hurdle took to the track at mid-morning, the sun was shining again for the E-Hawks. This time, the E-Hawks would turn in a 1:00.05 time, but were narrowly edged out by Madrid’s :59.54 to finish second in the event.

The E-Hawks would run in the rain on Friday, as thunderstorms forced two suspensions of activity during the day at Drake, backing the events up into the nighttime hours.

The 4×200 relay, with Brady Berkland, Jake Stubss, Andrew Wellik and Cory Schultes, came out with all cylinders firing to turn in a 1:32.24, a new EHS?record time in the event, and good enough to win the second heat of the event at State and finish second behind Tri County, who finished with a 1:32.14 for the win.

The E-Hawks also saw Ryan Kliegl advance into Saturday’s finals in the 110 high hurdles, as Kliegl would run on Friday and finish second in the second heat of prelims with a :15.79 effort to qualify. On Saturday, Kliegl drew lane eight in the finals and would finish in that position, running a :16.22.

Austin Oppenheimer ran the 400 hurdles on Friday in the rain, and would circle the blue oval of the Jim Duncan track in a time of :58.31, good for a 15th place finish.

Rounding out Emmetsburg’s boys efforts was the 4×100 relay, as the quartet of Jake Stubbs, Cody Henderson, Brady Berkland and Cory Schultes, would compete Friday evening and ended up with a t :45.38 time, good for third place in the third heat and the 10th best time overall.

The Lady E-Hawks would qualify two events for Saturday’s finals, starting with the Shuttle Hurdle Relay on Thursday. The foursome of Hadley Egland, Whitney Kibbie, Aly Berven and Nicole Leuer finished with a 1:09.83 to place second in their heat and qualify for the Finals, but on Saturday, the relay suffered disaster when on the anchor leg, Leuer fell after the fifth hurdle and was disqualified for touching a hurdle with her hands.

The other qualification came in the 4×100 relay, as Jayme Penrod, Morgan Vlasman, Nicole Leuer and Jordan Kerber finished the prelims in :52.26 for sixth place in their heat on Friday, and on Saturday, finished sixth overall with a time of :52.47.

Emmetsburg’s Sprint Medley Relay, comprised of Jayme Penrod, Jordan Kerber, Nicole Leuer and Kaity Degen would run on Saturday morning and finished in eighth place overall with a time of 1:55.41 to cap off the Lady E-Hawks’ relay events.

Individually, Nicole Leuer competed on Friday in the 100 meter hurdles and finished fifth in heat number two with a time of :16.74, which would not send her to the finals.

Jayme Penrod, who qualified in the high jump, faced a rain-induced delay of nearly three hours Friday evening before she could compete in the event, and cleared the opening height of 4’8″. However, Penrod would not advance over that height, and settled for 22nd place in the Class 1A competition.