Comets win four events, Raiders take three

STORY CITY – The North Polk and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ track teams made their presence felt at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet Monday as the two teams combined to win seven events.

North Polk picked up four gold medals on the evening. The Comets also placed second twice and third in two events.

CMB won three gold medals. The Raiders added one silver and three bronze medals to the count.

The strong outings from North Polk and CMB put them second and third respectively in the team standings. The Comets scored 104.5 points to place second behind Gilbert’s score of 114 and CMB racked up 94 points to beat Nevada by 20 points for third out of 10 teams.

"We knew it was going to be a tough one, and it was," North Polk head coach Bill Capaldo said. "We didn’t perform as anticipated in some events, but we also got some unexpected points we didn’t count on. This was the toughest meet we have run all year and we were just a little short. I was proud of our guys and this was a very good test going into the state qualifying meet, where we hope to qualify for state in nine to 11 events."

A pair of HOIC-record performances highlighted the evening for North Polk.

In the 4 X 800-meter relay, Dillon McBee, Reed Smith, Ryley Sandberg and Nathaniel Long produced a record time of eight minutes, 14.75 seconds. That time was good enough to beat Roland-Story by six seconds for first.

The Comet shuttle hurdle team of Clay Cory, Jordan Nathan, Austin Williams and Russell Greene also set a conference mark with a blazing time of :59.38. That time was better than three seconds faster than Greene County’s runner-up time, and it stood as the fastest time in Class 2A at the conclusion of the meet.

North Polk also captured the gold in the 4 X 200. Matt Cox, Smith, Williams and Greene teamed up to a run a 1:34.79, which edged Greene County’s 1:35.13 for first.

Cory picked up an individual victory in the 400 low hurdles. He completed the race in :55.75 to just fend off South Hamilton’s Triston Twedt, who clocked in at :56.01.

Long took second individually in the 800 after crossing the finish line in 2:00.45, losing out to Gilbert’s Wes Greder by a hair, as Greder’s winning time was 2:00.43. The Comets added another silver medal in the 4 X 400 as Smith, Sandberg, Long and Cory joined forces to run a 3:30.43, which put them just behind Gilbert’s 3:29.80.

Nathan and Sandberg each won an individual bronze medal for North Polk. Nathan took third in the 110 highs after clocking in at :15.85, and Sandberg was third in the 1,600 with a 4:45.97 showing.

CMB dominated field events and also won one gold medal on the track.

"I was really pleased with our effort throughout the evening," CMB head coach Neil Seales said. "We knew that we were going to need our "A game" to have a shot to be in the top three spots as a team. We were probably more in the "B+" range, but I was still very happy with how our guys competed."

Zach Samson won both the shot put and the discus for CMB.

In the shot put, Samson peaked with a HOIC-record throw of 56-5. That matched his best performance of the season and was just one-half inch off his older brother Danny’s school record.

Samson took the discus title with a throw of 150-7.5. That throw was good enough to beat Nevada’s Jordan Sanders by over 12 feet for the title.

Patrick Girard and Clayton Weltha each won a bronze in throwing events for CMB. Girard took third in the shot with a throw of 48-1 and Weltha earned his bronze in the discus with a throw of 134-7.

Bryce Kemp tacked on a silver medal for CMB in the long jump. His best jump was 19-10.25 to put him behind only the 21-1.25 by Colfax-Mingo’s Connor Hainer.

Kemp also picked up CMB’s lone gold on the track as he won the 110 high hurdles in :15.23. Saydel’s Clayton Sommers was second in :15.73.

Kemp helped CMB add a bronze in the shuttle hurdle. Jordan Coughenour, Joey Nissen and Austin Moorman ran the first three legs as CMB finished in 1:02.72.

Final team scores: 1. Gilbert 114 points, 2. North Polk 104.5, 3. CMB 94, 4. Nevada 74, 5. South Hamilton 70, 6. Greene County 61, 7. Roland-Story 59, 8. Colfax-Mingo 46, 9. Saydel 40, 10. PCM 39.5.

Individual results – CMB and North Polk

Shot put – 1. Zach Samson (CMB), 56-5; 3. Patrick Girard (CMB), 48-1

Discus – 1. Samson (CMB), 150-7.5; 3. Clayton Weltha (CMB), 134-7

Long jump – 2. Bryce Kemp (CMB), 19-10.25; 4. Zach Huffaker (CMB), 18-10

High jump – 4. Jordan Coughenour (CMB), 5-8; 5. (tie) Grant Rampton (NP), 5-6; 7. Russell Greene (NP), 5-6

4 X 800-meter relay – 1. North Polk (Dillon McBee, Reed Smith, Ryley Sandberg, Nathaniel Long), 8:14.75; 5. CMB (Kyle Cather, Zach Hartgers, Seth Balke, Austin Moorman), 8:50.01

3,200-meter run – 4. Aaron Ward (CMB), 10:36.78; 6. Paul Robidoux (NP), 10:37.73

Shuttle hurdle relay – 1. North Polk (Clay Cory, Jordan Nathan, Austin Williams, Russell Greene), :59.38; 3. CMB (Jordan Coughenour, Joey Nissen, Moorman, Kemp), 1:02.72

100-meter dash – 7. Matt Cox (NP), :11.81

400-meter dash – 4. Cory (NP), :52.10; 6. Long (NP), :53.11

4 X 200-meter relay – 1. North Polk (Cox, Smith, Williams, Greene), 1:34.79; 7. CMB (Nick Little, Hartgers, Samson, Huffaker), 1:41.10

110-meter high hurdles – 1. Kemp (CMB), :15.23; 3. Nathan (NP), :15.85; 4. Greene (NP), :16.11

1,600-meter run – 3. Sandberg (NP), 4:45.97; 7. Ward (CMB), 4:53.98

200-meter dash – 4. Kemp (CMB), :23.49; 8. Nick Kibby (NP), :24.17

400-meter low hurdles – 1. Cory (NP), :55.75; 6. Coughenour (CMB), :59.33

Distance medley relay – 4. North Polk (Cox, Kibby, Smith, McBee), 3:48.80; 7. CMB (Little, Hartgers, Hunter Gunderson, Cather), 3:58.20

800-meter run – 2. Long (NP), 2:00.45; 5. Sandberg (NP), 2:05.05; 6. Moorman (CMB), 2:08.38

4 X 100-meter relay – 5. North Polk (Kibby, Williams, Nathan, Cox), :47.25; 8. CMB (Little, Samson, Hartgers, Huffaker), :48.12

4 X 400-meter relay – 2. North Polk (Smith, Sandberg, Long, Cory), 3:30.43; 8. CMB (Brady Stover, Gunderson, Huffaker, Coughenour), 3:53.68.