DES MOINES - Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, the Algona boys track team turned in another respectable performance Saturday at Drake Stadium.
The seven-time defending North Central Conference champion Bulldogs settled for third in the Class 3A team race with 40 points. Solon (50) and Center Point (42.25) spearheaded the field.
"This is huge for our program," said AHS junior Peter Hollinger. "All of our coaches are great and a third-place trophy wasn't easy to get."
—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Algona’s Bo Hjelle finishes in third place with a time of 1:55.48 during the Class 3A 800 run on Saturday at Drake Stadium. For more photos, visit CU at messengernews.net
—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Members of the Manson NW Webster sprint medley, are, left to right: Ellie Herzberg, Kourtney Condon, Cloie Herzberg and Kim Hokinson. For more photos, visit CU at messengernews.net
Hollinger was a runner-up in the 800 for Algona with a time of 1:55.21. Classmate Bo Hjelle was right behind at 1:55.48 after setting the mark to beat out of the first section. Creston's Jay Wolfe (1:53.79) was the winner.
""It's kind of hard when there's nobody to push you," Hjelle said. "I just told myself to go as hard as I could and lay down a time that would be hard to beat. I did about as much as I could."
In the 4x400, the Bulldog quartet of junior Joe Teague, Hollinger, Hjelle and junior Esden Carroll finished third (3:25.76). Center Point (3:23.79) took home top honors.
"I was really happy to be a part of this team," said Carroll, a former Corwith-CWL athlete. "We came in wanting first, but we're happy with third. It's going to be a cool deal to take a trophy back home."
Hjelle also checked in 11th in the 1600 (4:35.01), while Hollinger was 16th at 4:38.85. Boone's Chandler Austin (4:20.65) prevailed for a second straight year.
On Friday, Hjelle helped Algona's distance medley to a title behind an anchor leg of 1:55.60.
Prior to this season, the Bulldogs placed second here in 2009.
South Central Calhoun
Earning 2A silver for the Titans was the shuttle hurdle (senior Kyler Case, senior Matt Nieland, freshman Kody Case and senior Jake Petzenhauser, 59.06). Sioux Center (57.80) collected gold.
Manson Northwest Webster
The Cougar 4x100 of senior Braden Moser, junior McCoy Snell, senior Hudson Spedding and senior Lucas Dolder was fourth in 2A with a time of 44.07. Cascade (43.51) took home top honors.
Allen Jensen, a senior, placed fifth (15.19) for the E-Hawks in the 2A 110 hurdles.
Manson NW Webster
Just narrowly missing out on a 4x100 2A crown for the Cougars was the quartet of senior Kim Hokinson, freshman Cloie Herzberg, sophomore Michelle Dolder and senior Ellie Herzberg, which clocked a mark of 50.64. Winning the title was Cascade in 50.09.
"The difference at districts was our handoffs, and we didn't do too well (MNW came in seeded seventh at 52.37)," said Ellie Herzberg, a University of Northern Iowa basketball recruit. "It's always a lot more fun to run a relay than an individual event."
After grabbing bronze here in 2013, the Cougar sprint medley
(Hokinson, Cloie Herzberg, sophomore Kourtney Condon and Ellie Herzberg, 1:51.47) was fourth. Ellie Herzberg was also sixth in the 200 (26.50).
Last year, Herzberg won the 1A 100, 200 and 400. She was sixth in the 400 as well here Thursday.
"I was a little disappointed I wasn't able to do better, but to place in the top six in all my events is still pretty good," Ellie Herzberg said.
Manson Northwest Webster ended up 12th in the 2A field with 19 points.
Senior Nicole Behr was sixth in both the 1A 100 (13.25) and 200 (27.11) for the Golden Bears, who tied for 11th in the 1A team race with 20 points. Garrigan's 4x400 of junior Taylor Frideres, freshman Grace Behr, senior Aisha Miller and Nicole Behr checked in fifth (4:11.99).
For the Lynx, sophomore Allie Flaws was fourth in the 3A 100 (12.85).
Sophomore Anna Zaugg placed fifth for the Wolverines in the 1A 1500 (5:08.00).
The Cowgirl 4x400 (sophomore Kenzie Alberts, senior Jossie Sann, sophomore Sam Nerem and sophomore Claire Davis) finished sixth place (4:10.10) in 2A.