DES MOINES - After winning the last two Class 1A state track titles, the Manson Northwest Webster boys will go for a three-peat in the 2A field this week.
Boys 2A action begins this afternoon at 2 p.m. inside Drake Stadium.
Competing for the Cougars will be senior Jack Walstrom (1600 and 3200), junior Alex Bush (110 hurdles), sophomore Jackson Johnson (high jump), senior Hudson Spedding (long jump), sophomore Tim Butcher (discus), the 4x100, the 4x200, the 4x400 and the distance medley.
A year ago, Manson Northwest Webster's 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 were all state champions. Braden Moser, Holden Fiedler and Lucas Dolder each ran on at least two of those relays for the Cougars.
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Senior Jake Petzenhauser (400 hurdles), the 4x100, the 4x200, the 4x800, the distance medley and the shuttle hurdle will each participate for the Titans. Petzenhauser, who placed fourth in the state 400 hurdles in 2013, enters seeded third with a time of 55.61.
Making trips to Des Moines for the Indians are sophomore Caleb Ricke (1600), senior Draven Barth (100), the 4x100, the 4x200 and the shuttle hurdle. Ricke finished 20th in the 1A 1600 as a freshman.
Representing the Cowboys are senior Spencer Peterson (400 and 400 hurdles), junior Mason Willey (long jump), senior Mitch Gambrill (shot put), the 4x100, the 4x200 and the 4x400. As a junior, Peterson was seventh in the 400 hurdles and eighth in the 400.
Senior Allen Jensen (200 and 110 hurdles) and the shuttle hurdle will be in attendance for the E-Hawks.
Josh Morris, a senior, will run the 400 hurdles for the Eagles.
Comprising the lineup for the seven-time defending North Central Conference Bulldogs are junior Esden Carroll (200 and 400), junior Bo Hjelle (800 and 1600), junior Peter Hollinger (800 and 1600), junior Cameron Crosser (400 hurdles), senior Cameron Lahndorf (discus), junior Joe Teague (shot put), the 4x200, the distance medley and the shuttle hurdle. Hjelle settled for fourth in the 800 and 22nd in the 1600 here last spring.
Algona's distance medley owns the second fastest qualifying mark at 3:39.84, while Hollinger is seeded third in the 800 (1:59.92).
Senior Cooper Jaycox (100), junior Cal Zahn (high jump), the 4x100 and the shuttle hurdle will all be on hand for the Lynx. Zahn previously tied for eighth in the high jump here as a freshman.
Junior Brady Ross (shot put) and the distance medley will both take part for the Wildcats.
Freshman Gibson Behr (100 and 200), junior Tony Kollasch (800 and 1600), junior Tyler Schnurr (400 hurdles), junior Christian Matthews (high jump), senior Brayton Loss (long jump), sophomore Zac Kibby (long jump), senior Corey Weydert (shot put), sophomore Cameron Langerman (shot put), the 4x100, the 4x200, the 4x400 and the shuttle hurdle are all looking to shine for the Golden Bears.
For the Wolverines, senior Davey Jergens (100 and 200) and the 4x800 will be put to the test.
Senior Austin Promes (200), freshman Spencer Warehime (3200) and junior Skylar Warehime (3200) will all be in action for the Warriors.
The lone participant for the Eagles is Zach Hansen (400).
Jake Carey, a junior, will run both the 400 and 800 for the Rockets.
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Senior Ellie Herzberg (200 and 400), the 4x100, the 4x200 and the sprint medley have lofty goals for the Cougars. Herzberg, a University of Northern Iowa basketball recruit, became only the fourth athlete to sweep the 100, 200 and 400 here last year, joining Sigourney's Rhonda Eiben (1993), North Tama's Sara Stoakes (2008) and Western Christian's Brooke Wolterstorff (2012). She also anchored Manson Northwest Webster's sprint medley to a second straight third-place effort. Herzberg comes in seeded 17th (27.27) in the 200 and fourth (59.58) in the 400, while the sprint medley ranks third (1:54.84).
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For the Titans, senior Ashley Henkenius (100 and 200), junior Haley Birks (discus), junior Tyffaney Toms (shot put), the sprint medley and the distance medley are each set to compete.
Senior Macey Bales (shot put), freshman Grace Meyer (3000), the shuttle hurdle and the 4x800 are hoping to end their respective seasons on a high note for the Indians. Bales prevailed in the 1A shot put here a year ago with a throw of 39-10.75. She qualified with the third best mark (39-11.25). Meyer earned bronze at the state cross country meet this past fall in helping Pocahontas Area to a 1A runner-up performance.
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Heading to Drake Stadium for the Raiders are junior Jalynn Peters (400), senior Kathryn Drost (800), sophomore Dijana Hammond (high jump), the shuttle hurdle and the 4x400.
Sophomore Claire Davis (400), senior Jossie Sann (400 hurdles), the 4x400 and the 4x800 are determined to save their best for last for the Cowgirls. Sann finished seventh in the 400 hurdles here as a junior.
Running for the Eagles will be senior Tiffany Christensen (800 and 1500), freshman Jana Willard (3000) and the distance medley. Christensen was a state champion in the 1500 and a runner-up in the 800 as a junior, while anchoring the distance medley to a third-place showing. She is seeded 18th in the 1500 (5:16.39) and 16th in the 800 (2:29.95). Christensen placed sixth at the 1A state cross country meet last fall.
The only E-Hawk event will be the shuttle hurdle relay.
Sophomore Allie Flaws (100 and 200), junior Carrie Gerdes (long jump), senior Kaylee Schnathorst (shot put) and the 4x100 will be in attendance for the Lynx.
Wildcats going to Jim Duncan Track are freshman Beth Duffield (200 and 400), sophomore Maddie Kampern (800), senior Sam Larson (1500 and 3000), senior Brittany Nilles (400 hurdles), the 4x800 and the distance medley. Larson finished fifth in the 1500 and sixth in the 3000 here a year ago. She enters 12th (5:07.82) in the 1500 and third (10:55.89) in the 3000.
Senior Tangy Wiseman (1500), the 4x100, the 4x400 and the distance medley will represent the Bulldogs. Wiseman was seventh at state in the 3000 and 18th in the 1500 as a junior. She is seeded second (4:58.92) in the 1500 and fourth (10:57.87) in the 3000.
Senior Nicole Behr (100 and 200), junior Emily Riesenberg (1500), sophomore Johanna Vaske (high jump), the 4x200, the 4x400, the 4x800 and the sprint medley all have high hopes for the Golden Bears.
Sophomore Erica Rittgers (800), sophomore Natalie Lambert (100 hurdles and 400 hurdles), senior Zoe Schneider (high jump), senior Clara Pearson (long jump), the 4x400 and the distance medley will try to make some noise for the Warriors.
Taking part for the Wolverines are sophomore Anna Zaugg (1500), the sprint medley and the distance medley.
Emma Luhmann, a senior, will compete for the Eagles in the 3000.
Both the 4x400 and the sprint medley will be in action for the Mustangs.
Junior Brooke Runneberg (high jump) and freshman Kenzie Sullivan (discus and shot put) will represent the Chargers.