Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

1 champion, 2 runners-up at War Eagle meet

H-M-S boys finish sixth in team standings

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn crowned a War Eagle Conference boys' champion and had two runner-up finishes at the 2022 track and field meet hosted by Hinton on May 3.

The Hawks' all-conference qualifier this year is Kooper Ebel, who won the 400-meter dash in a time of :51.84. Connor Dodd was runner-up in the 100-meter dash (:11.38) and also in the 200 (:23.16).

H-M-S's best relay finish was turned in by Ryan Borden, Ethan Diehm, Ebel and Dodd, who placed second in the 4x100 (:45.06).

Other individuals placing in the running events were Ebel, fifth in the 200 (:23.44); Borden, sixth in the 100 (:11.76); and Aiden Espeland, sixth in the 800 (2:13.94).

In the field events, Diehm finished third in the long jump (19'6-1/2") and Adam Schierholz placed sixth in the discus throw (119').

H-M-S added team scoring in five other relays. Tyson Tessum, Bradley Zamudio, Brenton Thomas and Bryce Dodge placed third in the distance medley (4:03.80); Borden, Diehm, Travis Kamradt and Dodd finished fourth in the 4x200 (1:36.72); Tessum, Zamudio, Kamradt and Borden placed fifth in the sprint medley (1:43.37); Kamradt, Ryan Grotluschen, Tessum and Thomas were sixth in the 4x400 (4:00.18); and Grotluschen, Alan Abonce, Aiden Bush and Aiden Jensen came in sixth in the 4x800 (10:30.72).

The Hawks' 59 points were an improvement from their 2021 score, but they still slipped a spot to sixth in the team standings.

Gehlen Catholic won the 2022 boys' team title with 102 points, West Sioux was second with 84 and Unity Christian was third with 81. They were followed by Hinton 74, MMCRU 69, H-M-S 59, South O'Brien 51, Akron-Westfield 24, Trinity Christian 18, Harris-Lake Park 16 and Remsen St. Mary's 10.

• Runner-up finish at Wolverine Relays

H-M-S recorded the highest point total of the season (99) and highest team finish (second) at the South O'Brien Wolverine Relays, on May 5 at Paullina.

The Hawks had two individual champions and one relay winner. Diehm won the long jump (21'1/4") and Dodd crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter dash (:11.49). Borden, Diehm, Ebel and Dodd added a win in the 4x200 relay (1:34.50).

Ebel was runner-up in the 100 (:11.67) as were Zamudio in the 110-meter hurdles (:17.21) and Keevyn Jacobsma in the discus throw (116'4"). H-M-S's sprint medley relay team of Tessum, Diehm, Dodd and Borden also placed second (1:40.73).

Placing third were Espeland in the 800-meter run (2:13.08); Jesse Garcia in the shot put (38'4") and the distance medley relay squad of Thomas, Tessum, Kamradt and Espeland (4:09.70).

Fourth-place finishers included Zamudio in the 200-meter dash (:25.19); Schierholz in the discus (115'6"); and Grotluschen, Bush, Blaine Finster and Damian Dodge in the 4x800 (10:24.69).

Grotluschen, Bryce Dodge, Thomas and Espeland came in fifth in the 4x400 relay (3:57.11). Finishing sixth were Tessum in the 200 (:25.51); Zamudio in the 400 (:57.57); Bryce Dodge in the 800 (2:17.92); and Ethan Wiersma in the 110-meter hurdles (:18.96).

Only Unity Christian finished higher than H-M-S as a team, scoring 148 points. H-M-S and South O'Brien tied with 99 and Sioux Central scored 94. Also competing were West Bend-Mallard 70, Alta-Aurelia 64 and Trinity Christian 36.

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