NEVADA - The Nevada boys came up big in hurdle and sprinting events and the Cub girls won three events at the Nevada Coed Relays April 4 at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
The Nevada boys picked up victories in the shuttle hurdle relay, 400-meter hurdles, open 100 and 200, 4 X 200 and 4 X 100 relays and long jump, scoring 117 points. The Cubs placed third out of six teams behind Roland-Story (144) and North Polk (136).
Nevada won the shuttle hurdle in one minute, 4.75 seconds. Joven Nelson, Andrew Saunders, Jordan Barrett and Sam Abraham teamed to easily beat Roland-Story’s 1:07.41 for the gold.
“We don’t really work on a lot of hurdle stuff in practice, but outside of practice we’ve worked on some hurdles,” Nelson said. “We just need to find our mojo. We just PR’d by a second, so I think this is what we’re going to run with.”
The shuttle hurdle team is excelling despite having two new hurdlers — Saunders and Barrett — and adjusting to the bar being raised to one click below the high hurdle mark.
“It’s my first time ever doing hurdles, so it’s pretty new to me,” Saunders said. “It’s pretty fun to do it though. I’m excited about the year.”
Nelson added a win in the 400 hurdles with a time of :54.66. North Polk’s Quinten Sommers was second in :56.04 and no one else came within five seconds of the top two.
Nelson and Abraham helped Nevada edge Roland-Story in the 4 X 200 with a time of 1:33.65. Caeden DaSilva and Jakob Strottman ran the other two legs to help the Cubs’ edge Roland-Story’s 1:33.98.
In the 4 X 100 Nelson, DaSilva, Strottman and Dylan Jensen won with a time of :44.33. The Cubs decisively beat the runner-up time of :45.35 by Roland-Story.
“We’ve had some fast runners here in Nevada,” DaSilva said. “It’s going to be hard to keep that reputation going, but we’ve got it.”
DaSilva won the open 100 and 200.
DaSilva crossed the finish line of the 100 in :11.82 to beat out the :11.92 by North Polk’s J.D. Elefson.
“My start wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t the best either,” DaSilva said of the 100. “I’ve got to improve that, but otherwise — pretty good.”
Dylan Jensen placed third in the 100 for Nevada with a :12.06 showing.
In the 200, DaSilva ran a :23.46 to top Elefson’s :23.70.
Abraham won the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 10 inches. Gilbert’s Tucker Hanson was a distant second with a jump of 19-4.5.
Dalton Baker was second in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600 for Nevada.
Baker ran a 10:27.52 in the 3,200 to come in just behind the 10:24.34 by Roland-Story’s Collin Greenfield. Baker finished the 1,600 in 4:58.02 and Gilbert’s Ethan Mesenbrink won in 4:47.85.
Nevada’s sprint medley team of Jensen, Caleb Kooiker, Theo Skelton and Saunders won bronze in 1:42.74. Roland-Story was first in 1:39.84 and Grinnell second in 1:41.99.
Ethan Wild placed third in the discus for Nevada with a throw of 122-8.5. North Polk’s Caleb Lomica won with a 143-0 effort and Roland-Story’s Nathan Bell was second with a toss of 135-11.
In the girls’ competition, Nevada took fourth out of eight teams with 94 points. Pella (155), Gilbert (128) and Norwalk (99) recorded the top three point totals.
The Cub girls were victorious in the distance medley relay and Addi Vorm won both the shot put and discus.
Contessa Borwick, Sydney Mosinski, Hannah Thomsen and Kacie Rewerts ran a 4:31.95 to give Nevada a win in the distance medley.
“It was definitely tough with the wind,” Thomsen said. “But Tessa and Sydney put me in a good position to do my best and I think I did my part to put Kacie in a good spot.”
Grinnell was second in 4:39.87.
Rewerts also placed second in a close 1,500 race with Pella’s Caroline McMartin. Rewerts crossed the finish line in 5:06.17 and McMartin won in 5:05.60.
Vorm threw a distance of 34-2 in the shot and 109-8.75 in the discus to earn gold each time. Vorm beat the 33-3 by Pella’s Sara Bennett in the shot and she just edged out the 109-7 by Pella’s Elly Cairney in the discus.
The Cub girls’ 4 X 200 team of Borwick, Mosinski, Caitlyn Sharp and Thomsen, and 4 X 100 quartet of Borwick, Sharp, Emily Plate and Thomsen both took second with respective times of 1:54.30 and :54.02. Pella won the 4 X 200 in 1:50.11 and the 4 X 100 in :52.02.
Nevada’s 4 X 400 team of Mosinski, Sharp, Borwick and Thomsen also won silver in 4:31.22, just edging out Norwalk’s 4:31.70. Gilbert claimed gold in the 4 X 400 with a 4:19.36 showing.
Bailey Crain finished fourth in the discus for the Cub girls with a toss of 93-4 and Samara Sharp was fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of :18.16. The Nevada sprint medley team of the Sharp sisters, Plate and Mosinski also took fifth in 2:02.05.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Pella 155 points, 2. Gilbert 128, 3. Norwalk 99, 4. Nevada 94, 5. Roland-Story 77.5, 6. Ames 68.5, 7. Grinnell, 66, 8. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 46.
Boys: 1. Roland-Story 144, 2. North Polk 136, 3. Nevada 117, 4. Gilbert 89, 5. Grinnell 84, 6. Ballard 12.