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Panther boys seventh at Glenwood

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:43 a.m. CST

GLENWOOD — A shorthanded Creston boys track team finished seventh at here Tuesday at the Glenwood Ram Relays.

Glenwood ran away with the team title, scoring 149 points. Harlan finished second with 84 points. Creston totaled 44 points.

The Panthers left three events open because of being shorthanded. Creston did not compete in the 110 high hurdles, the 1,600 medley or the 4x100 relay.

But Creston still had plenty of highlights in the meet, starting out with senior Luke Neitzel improving his mark in the long jump.

Neitzel took second place in the event, jumping 21-04.5 on his first jump of the day. After getting that mark in, Neitzel passed on his following jumps in order to rest his sore Achilles tendon for his running events.

“We weren’t going to have him jump because of the sore Achilles tendon, but on the bus ride over he asked if he could try to jump,” head coach Pat Schlapia said. “We put him in there, and son of a gun, he jumped once at 21-04.5. With that, we wanted to make sure we got some running out of him, so he only did the one jump. That really puts him in the hunt for Drake Relays qualifying. There’s no limit for the long jump for him.”

Also scoring points for the Panthers in the field events was senior Briar Evans, who finished fourth in the high jump.

Evans cleared 6-0, and nearly cleared 6-2 on his second attempt at the height.

Junior Brandon Phipps, battling a calf injury, made his debut in the 3,200 meter run on Tuesday, placing second with a time of 10:30.97.

“Right now Brandon is still working on the conditioning, both mentally and physically,” Schlapia said. “He got his first action last Friday in the 4x800 and then today running that 3,200. He opened with a 4:59 and came back with a 5:31. He’s only going to come down lower.”

Gold medal

Sophomore Jay Wolfe claimed the only gold medal for the Panthers, winning the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.22.

Wolfe easily won the event, beating the second-place performer by four and a half seconds.

“He was bound and determined no one was going to touch him,” Schlapia said. “He went out at 60-63. It was a nice controlled race for Jay. Once he hit the 400 mark, that third 200 he started breaking contact with everone else.”

Wolfe anchored the 4x400 relay team to a second place finish. Other members of that team were Bryce Briley, Evans and Maxx Walters.

“Our 4x4, my oh my,” Schlapia said. “We were tickled to death with 3:36 on Friday, and the boys came back with a 3:35. Bryce sets the table, we want him right up there with the lead pack. Briar and Maxx were able to lower their legs from Friday night. Both were in the 53’s.”

Wolfe overtook runners from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Harlan and Council Bluffs St. Albert to move the Panthers up into second place, behind only Glenwood.

Evans scored points in a third event by finishing fourth in the 400 meter hurdles, running 59.96 in a competitive field.

Also placing for the Panthers were the 4x800 relay team and the shuttle hurdle relay team, both finishing sixth.

Creston returns to action Friday at Clarinda.

Ram Relays

Team standings — 1.Glenwood 149; 2. Harlan 84; 3. C.B. St. Albert 78.5; 4. C.B. Abraham Lincoln 63; 5. Lewis Central 47; 6. C.B. Thomas Jefferson 44.5; 7. Creston 44; 8. Red Oak 18; 9. Atlantic 16; 10. Clarinda 14.

Discus — 1. Jacob Barents, Lewis Central, 152-00; 10. Trevor Luther, Creston, 113-08; 19. Evan Nielsen, Creston, 91-06.5.

Shot put — 1. Jacob Barents, Lewis Central, 51-04; 16. Theo Hartman, Creston, 35-00; 19. Trevor Luther, Creston, 33-09; Nathan Haley, Creston, 33-01.5.

High jump — 1. Tony Dawson, Harlan, 6-02; 4. Briar Evans, Creston, 5-10.

Long jump — 1. Grant May, Glenwood, 22-00; 2. Luke Neitzel, Creston, 21-04.5; Seth Maitlen, Creston, 16-4.

3,200 meters — 1. Josh Sindelar, St. Albert, 9:54.88; 2. Brandon Phipps, Creston, 10:30.97; Zack Peppmeier, 12:03.32.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Glenwood, 8:34.00; 6. Creston (Bryce Briley, Travis Miller, Kruz Adamson, Jay Wolfe), 8:56.97.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:00.31; 6. Creston (Briar Evans, Maxx Walters, Jake Johnston, J.D. Routh), 1:07.35.

100 meters — 1. Brandon Colpitts, AL, 11.53; 16. Chris Foster, Creston, 13.16; 20. Nick Walsh, Creston, 13.87.

400 meters — 1. Derek Jones, Glenwood, 51.74; 7. Bryce Briley, Creston, 56.42; 18. Evan Nielsen, Creston, 1:02.05.

4 x 200 relay — 1. St. Albert, 1:32.92; 8. Creston (Maxx Walters, Seth Maitlen, Jake Johnston, Luke Neitzel), 1:41.05.

1,600 meters — 1. Josh Sindelar, St. Albert, 4:41.15; 7. Kruz Adamson, Creston, 5:35.52.

110 high hurdles — 1. Jared Thompson, AL, 15.36.

200 meters — 1. Grant May, Glenwood, 23.21; 8. Luke Neitzel, Creston, 24.76; 11. J.D. Routh, Creston, 25.81.

400 low hurdles — 1. Derek Jones, Glenwood, 55.08; 4. Briar Evans, Creston, 59.96.

1,600 medley relay — 1. Glenwood, 3:49.74.

800 meters — 1. Jay Wolfe, Creston, 2:02.11; Travis Miller, 2:17.66.

4 x 100 relay — 1. Thomas Jefferson, 45.07.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Glenwood, 3:32.47; 2. Creston (Bryce Briley, Briar Evans, Maxx Walters, Jay Wolfe), 3:35.00.

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