The Wilber-Clatonia boys’ track team finished its season tied for 15th in Class C at the state track meet. Ten of the 11 athletes who competed at state won medals, Coach Lynn Jurgens said.
“You hope they peak at state. That’s all you can ask for,” he said.
Michael Pulliam finished his high school career with another new school record and a silver medal in the pole vault. The senior cleared the bar at 14-8.
“It was a great year for him,” Jurgens said.
Another, much older, school record fell at the state meet when sophomore Tommy Lokken finished the 1,600-meter run in 4:38.66, breaking the record of 4:39.6 set in 1924. Lokken finished seventh.
“Tommy had an outstanding meet,” Jurgens said.
Mason Zimmerman picked up a fifth-place medal in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.54 seconds. Jurgens said Zimmerman almost didn’t make the finals because his blocks slipped in the prelims.
“He ran a heck of a race in the finals,” Jurgens said.
A trio of seventh-place finishes filled out the team scoring. The 4x100-meter relay team of Coltin Rezabek, Lucas Jacobsen, Tad Moldenhauer and Hunter Cerveny sprinted to seventh in a personal best time of 44.52 seconds. Jurgens said a slight hiccup on the final handoff may have cost the Wolverines a couple spots.
“But we got Freeman back,” he said. “They passed us at the end at districts. They ran their hearts out.”
The 4x800-meter relay team of Lokken, Layne Evans, Dawson Hoover and Seth Vlasak set a personal best mark of 8:27.06 for seventh place.
The only Wolverine who didn’t medal was freshman Mason Combs, who competed in the high jump.
“He’s so talented, this is probably the only time he won’t medal,” Jurgens said.
In the girls’ competition, Aleen Souvannavong jumped to fifth in the triple jump with a season-best 35-3.75.
Creighton Niemeyer led the Tri County boys with a silver and a bronze. The senior was one of three runners to break two minutes in the Class C 800-meter run. He finished second in 1:59, his fastest time of the season. He was also third in the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.45, a school record and season best, as well.
Coach Kelly Smith said the 4x800-meter relay team of Niemeyer, Evan Larson, Dominic Smith and Jack Holsing ran its second-fastest time of the year, even though one member wasn’t at 100%.
In addition to Niemeyer’s personal best in the 1,600, fellow senior Evan Larson vaulted 12-2 in the pole vault, which was his personal best.
“I can’t complain when they’ve done their best. It’s exciting to see them give their best efforts at state as seniors—I’m so proud of both of them,” Coach Smith said. “They’ve been our strongest point-getters throughout their high school career and I’m really going to miss coaching them both.”
In the girls’ events, the TCHS 4x800-meter relay team of Hannah Holtmeier, Andie Koch, Madison Kirchoff and Ella Crawford placed sixth in 10:24.14 for the Trojans’ only points of the meet.