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Boys track meet at Lake City

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After a crazy frustrating spring weatherwise for track this season, the boys’ track team got a perfect night to run at Lake City on Friday, May 4th and they took full advantage of it.  While the Jaguars ran well all night, they might have saved the best for last when the 4 x 400m relay team of Nyles Johnson, Mason Ackerson, Patrick Breitsprecher and Nolan Johnson broke the school record with a time of 3:33.51.  Their time claimed 2nd place behind SCC’s 3:31.29.

Patrick Breitsprecher and Mason Ackerson also both claimed the only gold medals of the night.  Patrick ran a season best time 58.23 in the 400m low hurdles while Mason threw his second best discus throw of the year, 129-04.  

Three individuals claimed runner-up finishes in the meet Friday night.  Nyles Johnson was second in the 200m dash in a time of 23.74, while his brother claimed 2nd in the 400m dash in a record time of 50.84.  He also finished 4th in the 800m run (2:09.66)  Coledon Bethel shaved another second off his pr in the 3200m run, running 10:56.49 to claim second.  Teammate Ben Carlson was 3rd in the 3200m run, running 11:33.62.

Robert Jepsen made a huge improvement dropping 14 seconds in the 1600m run to run a 5:17.72 to finish 6th.  Jarrett Loseke edged teammate Carter Lane in the 110m high hurdles to claim 6th in a time of 17.24.  In field events, Memphis Simpson claimed 5th place with a throw of 39-11” in the shot put and Daven Rees was 5th in the long jump with a jump of 17-6”.  Nyles Johnson tied for 4th in the high jump with a jump of 5-10”. 

Besides the 4 x 400m school record, Southeast Valley got strong showings from all the relays in Lake City.  The shuttle hurdle team of Sam Hanson, Jarrett Loseke, Carter Lane and Daven Rees ran a season best of 1:04.28 to claim second.  Also finishing second was the quartet of Ivan Hudson, Chase Swieter, Mason Ackerson and Patrick Breitsprecher in the 1600m Medley Relay.  Their time was 3:52.91. 

Finishing 5th for the Jaguars were the Hunter Sorenson, Robert Jepsen, Rhett Grandfield and Hunter Kruse in the 4 x 800 (9:08.21) and the 4 x 200m relay of Ivan Hudson, Chase Sweiter, Rhett Grandfield and Hunter Sorenson.  The 4 x 100m quartet of Kamp, Hudson, Loseke and Swieter finished 6th.

“As coaches we are extremely proud of our athletes this year.  It’s been a lousy spring for practices and for meets when we could get them in.  To get mentally prepared for meets only to have them cancelled is almost exhausting as competing.  Yet through this adversity, the boys have kept their composure, trusted us, stayed focused and done the best they can to give us their best everyday.  To face these challenges this year and compete as well as these young men did Friday night is extremely rewarding.  As we have told them all year, it’s not what you accomplish that defines you, it’s how you handle a tough situation and respond that makes you great,” stated Coach Nuss

The Jaguars will look to extend their season on Thursday, May 10th in Manson at their class 2A state qualifying meet in Manson.  Here the top 2 in each event, plus the next best 8 from all meets on Thursday will advance to the Iowa State Championship meet the following weekend, May 17th - 19th.  


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