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Panthers fourth in competitive Cardinals Relays

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 11:45 a.m. CDT

CLARINDA — The Creston boys track team, still not competing in three events, finished a strong fourth place in the team standings here Friday at the Clarinda Cardinals Relays.

Glenwood won the meet in Class 3A with 160.5 points, as Harlan finished second with 104 points. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln just edged out Creston for third place by a 78-74 advantage.

“An awesome night at Clarinda for everyone involved with the team,” head coach Pat Schlapia said. “Over 30-some schools represented in three classes. Very blustery conditions, as we had some pretty strong winds the whole night. We didn’t let that stop us. We just adapted.”

Schlapia was impressed with how his team competed in the meet, posting impressive marks in several events.

Senior Briar Evans got the Panthers off to a good start by winning the high jump, clearing a career-best height of 6-2.

“He had a pretty good rhythm going in the high jump against some stiff competition,” Schlapia said.

Sophomore Jay Wolfe made a splash in his season debut in the 400 meter dash, winning the event with a clocking of 52.85.

Wolfe doubled up by winning the 800 meter run , as well. Wolfe won that event in 2:02.52.

“He was pushed by (Jeff) Reeves of Glenwood,” Schlapia said. “Jay showed a nice kick off the last curve. He ran his first negative splits of the year, 62-60.”

Brandon Phipps brought home the Panthers’ fourth and final gold medal of the meet, winning the 3,200 meter run in a time of 10:34.83.

“He is still making progress,” Schlapia said of Phipps, who is coming off a calf injury. “Pretty windy conditions for eight laps affects the time.”

Silver medals

Creston also had two second-place finishes on Friday, with senior Luke Neitzel placing second in the long jump and the 4x400 relay team also bringing home a silver medal.

The 4x400 relay team of Bryce Briley, Evans, Maxx Walters and Jay Wolfe clocked a time of 3:32.84.

Briley, Evans and Walters each split in the 53s, while Wolfe anchored in a 51.88.

“It was our best time of the season,” Schlapia said. “It’s an improvement from Glenwood by close to two and a half seconds. We finished second to Harlan. This race really brought the crowd to their feet. This race will play out a few more times this season.”

Neitzel jumped 20-1 in the long jump to secure second place, for one of three medals he earned on Friday.

Neitzel also medaled in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash, placing fifth and fourth, respectively.

“He had a nice time in his two open sprints,” Schlapia said. “He broke through the medal column for the first time this season in these two events.”

Evans finished the night with four medals, also finishing third in the 400 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 58.37 and also competing on the fifth-place shuttle hurdle relay team that also included Walters, Jake Johnston and JD Routh.

The 4x800 relay team of Briley, Travis Miller, Kruz Adamson and Wolfe finished fourth in 9:08.46.

“These relays getting fourth and fifth are great examples of what we talk about with the nickles and dimes add up to dollars in the team points,” Schlapia said. “That showed in the standings.”

Junior varsity

The Creston JV team competed in the Class 1A division.

Highlighting the JV performances, Schlapia said, was junior Evan Nielsen placing sixth in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 12:24.

“With our varsity and junior varsity both, it was good to see the improvements in events we may not have placed in, but they still turned in season’s bests. It’s great to see the boys get after it and compete. Good things are happening now, and there’s great things ahead of us.”

Creston returns to action Tuesday at Chariton.


Lane Peterson of Corning won the Class 1A 3,200 meter run and also placed sixth in the 1,600 meters, while Ricky Almaguer finished third in the 3,200 meters. Keegan Longabaugh finished second in the discus and Trevor Sorenson finished third in the 400 meter hurdles.

Clarinda Cardinals Relays

Class 3A

Team standings — 1. Glenwood 160.5, 2. Harlan 104, 3. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 78, 4. Creston 74, 5. Lewis Central 55, 6. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 45, 7. Atlantic 23.5, 8. Red Oak 20..

Discus — 1. Jacob Barents, Lewis Central, 148-9; Trevor Luther, Creston, 114-3.

Shot put — 1. Jacob Barents, Lewis Central, 51-0; Theo Hartman, Creston, 34-9; Nathan Haley, Creston, 31-5.

High jump — 1. Briar Evans, Creston, 6-2

Long jump — 1. Grant May, Glenwood, 20-8.50; 2. Luke Neitzel, Creston, 20-1.

3,200 meters — 1. Brandon Phipps, 10:34.83; Zack Peppmeier, Creston, 12:17.18.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Glenwood, 8:31.81; 4. Creston (Bryce Briley, Travis Miller, Kruz Adamson, Jay Wolfe), 9:08.46.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 5. Creston (Evans, Maxx Walters, Jake Johnston, JD Routh), 1:05.86.

100 meters — 1. Jake Rodgers, Lewis Central, 11.10; 5. Neitzel, Creston, 11.34.

400 meters — 1. Jay Wolfe, Creston, 52.85; Bryce Briley, Creston, 57.44.

4 x 200 relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:32.84; Creston (Walters, Routh, Johnston, Neitzel), 1:41.46.

1,600 meters — 1. Phillip Sciranko, Harlan, 4:51; Adamson, Creston, 5:16.8; Peppmeier, Creston, 5:19.7.

110 high hurdles — 1. Mitch Bowden, Glenwood, 14.99.

200 meters — 1. Dylan Garner, CBAL, 23.15; 4. Neitzel, Creston, 23.75; Routh, Creston, 26.02.

400 low hurdles — 1. Derek Jones, Glenwood, 54.93; 3. Evans, Creston, 58.37.

1,600 medley relay — 1. Harlan, 3:53.

800 meters — 1. Wolfe, Creston, 2:02.52; Miller, Creston, 2:17.05.

4 x 100 relay — 1. Glenwood, 45.02.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Harlan, 3:31.18; 2. Creston (Briley, Evans, Walters, Wolfe), 3:32.84.

Class 1A

(Corning and Creston JV results)

Discus — 2. Keegan Longabaugh, Corning, 122-8; Nick Spring, Corning, 104-0; Clint Mullen, Corning JV, 95-0; Seth Maitlen, Creston JV, 86-10.

Shot put — Keegan Longabaugh, Corning, 34-5; Clint Mullen, Corning JV, 32-10.

Long jump — Seth Maitlen, Creston JV, 16-5.50.

3,200 meters — 1. Lane Peterson, Corning, 11:41.55; 3. Ricky Almaguer, Corning, 11:49.99; 6. Evan Nielsen, Creston JV, 12:24.58.

4 x 800 relay — Corning, 10:12.92.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 5. Corning, 1:13.42.

100 meters — Zach Barton, Corning, 13.58; Dalton Kromminga, Creston JV, 13.96; Clint Mullen, Corning, 14.18; Cody McMann, Corning JV, 14.43; Elijah Johnson, Creston JV, 17.24.

400 meters — Seth Maitlen, Creston JV, 1:00.81; Chris Foster, Creston JV, 1:03.36; Garrett Newton, Corning, 1:04.09; Sammy Richey, Corning, 1:06.42.

4 x 200 relay — 6. Corning, 1:44.56.

1,600 meters — 6. Lane Peterson, Corning, 5:24; Ricky Almaguer, Corning, 5:37; Evan Nielsen, Creston JV, 5:45.

200 meters — Dalton Kromminga, Creston JV, 28.70; Elijah Johnson, Creston JV, 36.18.

400 low hurdles — 3. Trevor Sorenson, 1:04.81.

1,600 medley relay — Corning, 4:29.34.

800 meters — Nick Walsh, Creston JV, 2:34.47.

4 x 100 relay — Corning, 49.88.

4 x 400 relay — Corning, 4:04.52; Creston JV, 4:19.47.

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