Algona captures Class B crown
The last time Algona and Humboldt competed on the same track, the Bulldogs pulled out a slim one-point victory.
The North Central Conference rivals again battled until the very end here on Monday.
In the 58th running of the Dodger Relays, the Bulldogs (203) took six events to prevail by a slim margin. Runner-up Humboldt (193) crowned seven champions in Class B.
Eagle Grove (134) was third, followed by St. Edmond (106).
“I’m very happy with the way we ran,” said Algona head coach Greg Wellman. “Humboldt is a tough squad, and we’ve already been at the top with them a couple of times.
“It’s defintely nice to have a team like Humboldt competing against you. They’re strong in every event and can only help you get better.”
The Bulldogs had a strong push in the shot put, earning the top three medals. Ben Mawdsley (51-00.50) was the winner, followed by Dominic Etherington and Cole Banwart.
“We had a strong showing in that event,” Wellman said. “Finishing in the top three spots with two guys go over 50 was huge.”
Landon Rash grabbed gold in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Noah Arrowood was the long jump champion at 18-11.5.
“Finishing first in the high jump and going first and third in the long jump was big as well,” Wellman said. “We had a lot of guys contribute points for us up and down (the lineup).”
Keagan Zwiefel earned the 100-meter dash crown in 11.33 for Algona.
The 4×200 team of Arrowood, Darek Garman, Rash and Zwiefel was first in 1:35.26.
Algona also earned the 4×100 behind John Kpor, Seth Christensen, Arrowood and Zwiefel in a time of 45.98.
The Bulldogs were second, third and fourth in the discus, with Banwart as the runner-up.
Finishing second for Algona was Trey Engen (3200), the shuttle hurdle relay, and the sprint medley.
The Wildcats were balanced at the top, with seven champions and 10 runner-up showings.
The shuttle hurdle team of Drew Thomas, Eli Sande, Trevor Satern and Colton Monson won in 1:04.53. Tony Nielsen, Chris Witzke, Thoams and Mason Wickett were first in the 4×400 (3:41.45) as well.
Wickett was crowned the 400 champion (54.37), while Satern was second (55.42).
Nielsen also grabbed an individual gold, winning the 200 in 23.49. Witzke was second in that event.
Jake Stockdale (142 in discus), Ryan Courtney (10:33.97 in 3200), and Monson (16.44 in 110 hurdles) were other champs.
Finishing second for the Wildcats were Thomas (high jump), Monson (long jump), Nielsen (100), Courtney (1600), Denny Pederson (800). The 4×800 and the 4×100 were also silver medalists.
The Gaels came away with three championships at the Dodger Relays.
The 4×800 team of Tate O’Tool, Alex Loerts, Colin Flattery and Harrison Mayer won in a time of 8:40.69.
The sprint medley of Payton Sitzmann, O’Tool, Flattery and Mayer clocked a 3:51.78 to earn gold.
“Our two relays ran really well,” said St. Edmond head coach Bill Kibby. “They had some really solid times in front of the home crowd.”
Alex Loerts captured the 800 in 2:11.05 for the Gaels.
Sam Dougal (1:01.96) was second in the 400 hurdles.
“It was nice to see Sam and Alex have good nights,” Kibby said. “Despite the cold, I thought we ran pretty well.”
The 4×400 quartet of Mayer, Ty Smith, Flattery and O’Tool (3:46.38) finished the night strong with a runner-up showing.
Dalton Schaffer and Carter Asche claimed championships for Eagle Grove. Schaffer won the 1600 (4:53.80) and Asche was the 400 hurdles (1:01.38) champion.
The Eagle quartet of Ryan Smith, Niko Padilla, Tim Slotisch and Jeremy Weber was second in the 4×200 (1:38.31).
Lincoln Miller was the runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles (16.49).