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E-Hawk Thinclads Run Well At State Track

By Staff | May 22, 2012

GO - E-Hawk senior Brady Berkland, right, hands the baton to teammate Brady Christensen on the first exchange of the 4x100 relay during action at the 2012 State Track and Field Championships. The 4x100, with Berkland, Christensen, Andrew Wellik and Allen Jensen, would qualify for the finals on Saturday and finished with a :44.48 time to earn seventh place overall at the meet. -- Dan Voigt photo

DES?MOINES – Even with just two entries at the2012 Iowa High School Track and Field Championships, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks made their presence known on the Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium this past weekend.

The E-Hawks’ 4×100 relay squad, with Brady Berkland, Brady Christensen, Andrew Wellik and Allen Jensen, would step on to the track in preliminary heat action on Friday afternoon under sunny skies and improved their original state qualifying time with a :44.23 clocking.

The time would end up as the seventh fastest qualifying time out of the 24 relay teams, giving the E-Hawk quartet the right to run in the 4×100 finals on Saturday afternoon at 3:20.

The foursome, along with alternate Chad Loomis, knew they had a challenge ahead of them on Saturday, but the four E-Hawks put their heads down and uncorked a 44:48 under less than ideal circumstances of strong winds and high humidity in the finals to come away with a seventh place finish overall in the state 4×100.

“The relay ran very, very well,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Tyler Bevig. “It’s a great atmosphere at the state meet and there is the best competition that makes you perform to your best. I’m very proud of the boys.”

UP AND OVER - E-Hawk Cody Henderson sets up to clear the final hurdle in the 110 high hurdle prelims Friday morning at the State Track Meet. Henderson was clocked at :15.95 and finished 11th at state. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg was also represented at the State meet by Cody Henderson, who competed at 11:20 Friday morning in the 110 meter high hurdle preliminary heats.

Henderson, who qualified for the state meet qualifying with a :15.64 clocking at the 2A District meet on May 10. Running into a headwind of around six miles per hour on Friday, Henderson would come away with a time of :15.95, which would end up as the 11th fastest time in the 110 high hurdles, but did not advance the E-Hawk into the finals on Saturday.

The E-Hawks bid farewell to Brady Berkland and Chad Loomis from the state qualifiers, along with seniors Andrew Garrelts, Arik Kerr, Jake Hutchinson and Daniel Pelzer,but will return a solid nucleus for the 2013 track and field season, according to Bevig.