Reischauer takes state in 1A 400 low hurdles

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Reischauer takes state in 1A 400 low hurdles

DES MOINES - The Colo-Nesco boys’ track team came up huge in hurdling events at the state coed track meet last Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

The Royals’ Christian Reischauer won the Class 1A boys’ 400-meter low hurdles race and Colo-Nesco also came in second in the shuttle hurdle relay. Both events were school-record performances.

“It was a fun weekend at state,” Colo-Nesco head boys’ track coach Tony Stalzer said. “All the guys worked hard and represented their school, community and our boys’ track and field program with class. They have a lot to be proud of.”

Reischauer turned heads in the 400 lows on Friday. He was not among the favorites entering the race - ranking 10th among 24 1A qualifiers.

“Since it was my only event of the day I just tried to get out as fast as I could and keep that pace going,” Reischauer said. “Luckily I was able to.”

Reischauer got out strong, ran a clean race and had a big finish. That proved to be just enough to beat out Audubon’s Mitchell Nelsen for the gold medal as Reischauer crossed the finish line in 54.15 seconds and Nelsen finished in :54.85.

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Reischauer said. “I don’t know if it’s set in yet. But it’s definitely a big accomplishment and one I’ve wanted for quite awhile.”

The previous Colo-Nesco record in the event was :54.71 set by Anthony Lawson in 2012.

On Thursday Reischauer teamed with Caleb Vaughn, Brady Stoeffler and Grant Tiarks to run a 1:01.04 in the 1A boys’ shuttle hurdle relay and place seventh. That moved them on to Saturday’s finals.

On Saturday the Colo-Nesco quartet upped their game. The Royals clocked in at 1:00.56 to win their heat and break the Royal record of 1:00.61 set by Andrew Thompson, Austin Larsen, Lawson and Brandon Eley in 2011.

“One of our goals was to try winning it, and if we didn’t, to get the (school) record,” Reischauer said. “We were able to get our record today, so that’s a big positive for us.”

Vaughn and Stoeffler got Colo-Nesco out to a good start during Saturday’s finals. Tiarks then had a tremendous third leg to put Colo-Nesco in position to win its heat and break the school record.

“Our main goal was to keep it close, then get it to Reischauer,” Tiarks said. “He’s really great at catching people, so we just tried to get it to him so he could catch as many people as he could.”

Colo-Nesco wasn’t quite able to hang on to first place in the shuttle hurdle. Audubon won the second heat in :59.22 to claim the state championship.

Reischauer also competed in the long jump on Thursday and Stoeffler ran in both the 4 X 800 on Thursday and the open 800 on Friday.

Reischauer wasn’t quite able to make the finals in the long jump. He placed 12th, with his best jump being 20 feet, 0.25 inches.

Stoeffler took 20th in the open 800. He ran a personal-record time of 2:05.59.

In the 4 X 800 Stoeffler ran the opening leg and he was followed by Caleb Cobbs, Garret Tiarks and fellow senior Steven Cutler. The Royal team clocked in at 8:37.18 to place 15th.

Cobbs also competed in the 3,200 on Thursday. He placed 14th with a personal-record time of 10:25.62.

As a team, the Colo-Nesco boys finished just outside the top 10 of the final 1A team standings. The Royals scored 18 points to finish in a three-way tie for 11th with Manson Northwest Webster and Council Bluffs St. Albert.

Lisbon won the 1A boys’ team title with 52 points. Jesup was second with 40 points.

The Colo-Nesco girls competed in one event at state. The Royal girls’ shuttle hurdle team of Angela Brinkman, Grace Stalzer, Faith Vincent and Hallie Riese placed 11th in the 1A prelims with a season-best time of 1:11.75 - beating their previous-best mark by nearly one full second and last year’s state time by almost two seconds.

“It feels great to beat our PR from last year by almost two seconds,” Colo-Nesco head girls’ track coach Josh Nessa said. “They worked hard to earn the 11th-place spot at state. I am very excited for next year as I return all of the shuttle hurdle team and I will also get back two solid hurdlers - McKenna Ruffcorn and Lindsey Riese - who had knee injuries that kept them from starting and finishing their seasons.”

West Hancock won the 1A girls’ team championship with 50 points. Sioux Center was second with 44 points.

Individual 1A results - Colo-Nesco

Girls

Shuttle hurdle relay - 11. Colo-Nesco (Angela Brinkman, Grace Stalzer, Faith Vincent, Hallie Riese), 1:11.75.

Boys

Long jump - 12. Christian Reischauer, 20-0.25.

3,200-meter run - 14. Caleb Cobbs, 10:25.62.

4 X 800-meter relay - 15. Colo-Nesco (Brady Stoeffler, Cobbs, Garret Tiarks, Steven Cutler), 8:37.18.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 2. Colo-Nesco (Caleb Vaughn, Stoeffler, Grant Tiarks, Reischauer), 1:00.56.

400-meter low hurdles - 1. Reischauer, :54.15.

800-meter run - 20. Stoeffler, 2:05.59.