DES MOINES - Repeating as the Class 1A state track and field champion came with relative ease for the Manson Northwest Webster boys here Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Sparked by victories from their 4x100 and 4x400 relays, the Cougars pulled away from the rest of the field with 69 points. Wapsie Valley (58) and AGWSR (41) were second and third, respectively.
Both MNW quartets also took home gold here a year ago. Yesterday's title marked the third in school history for the Cougars, joining the 1933 baseball team and 2012 track squad.
Photo by Ross Thede, for The Messenger
The Manson Northwest Webster boys celebrate their second consecutive Class 1A state track and field championship on Saturday in Des?Moines.
"I'm just really proud and excited for our guys," said MNW head coach Jeff Anliker, who also guided the Cougars to a runner-up state effort in 2011. "(Winning back-to-back state crowns) is just huge and doesn't happen very often. My son (Austin) is 11 years old and can't wait to run on the 4x1 and 4x4.
"We have all kinds of fifth and sixth grade kids that just want to be a part of (the track program) now. They all want to carry on that torch. It's a challenge and takes quite a battle to get on our 4x4."
Junior Braden Moser, junior Lucas Dolder, senior Josh Markert and senior Brody Eischeid competed on the victorious 4x100, which clocked a time of 43.30. Lynnville-Sully (44.17) settled for silver.
"It feels awesome, but this is what we work so hard for day in and day out," Moser said. "Our goal now is to come back and try to win it again next year."
Comprising the Cougar 4x400 were Moser, junior Holden Fiedler, Dolder and Eischeid. That foursome finished in 3:23.74, becoming just the second MNW 4x400 to prevail at state since 1966. Next in line was Wapsie Valley (3:28.78).
"This (4x400) felt a little more special since it was my last race (at Drake Stadium)," said Eischeid, who also anchored both the 4x100 and 4x400 at state as a junior."
In addition, junior Jack Walstrom checked in sixth in the 1600 (4:40.08), while the shuttle hurdle (junior Hudson Spedding, Fiedler, senior Cole Rowen and sophomore Alex Bush) was also in action.
MNW's other titles this week came from Markert (long jump, high jump), Eischeid (400) and the 4x200 (Dolder, Fiedler, Markert and Eischeid).
The E-Hawk shuttle hurdle (Clayton Henderson, Brandon Elbert, Allen Jensen and Cody Henderson) earned a 2A title in 58.62. Camanche (59.20) was second.
"We've been trying to get under 59 all year and we finally did it," Cody Henderson said. "It really means a lot."
Cody Henderson was also a runner-up (15.00) in the 110 hurdles, while Andrew Wellik was seventh (11.51) in the 100.
Adam Hamilton, a senior, grabbed silver in the 1A 110 hurdles (15.42) for the Golden Bears. Wapsie Valley's Adam Bachman (15.18) was the winner.
"I knew I was feeling pretty good warming up, but I wasn't really expecting to get second," said Hamilton. "Last year I came down and got 12th, so I've just been shooting for better than that."
Sophomore Bo Hjelle placed fourth in the 3A 800 (1:57.32) and 22nd in the 1600 (4:45.90).
For the Lynx, Ethan Glenn was 15th (1:59.46) in the 3A 800.
Freshman Caleb Ricke was 20th (4:55.27) in the 1A 1600 for the Indians.
Total attendance for the three-day meet was 34,370.