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Panther boys finish second at Red Oak

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:13 a.m. CST

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RED OAK — The Creston boys track team competed with just 13 athletes on its varsity roster here on Friday, but that didn’t stop the Panthers from finishing second with 78 points.

Glenwood won the meet with 127 points, while Harlan finished third with 75 points and Clarinda was fourth with 74 points.

It was Creston’s meet record breaking 4x400 relay team that pushed the Panthers past Harlan into second place in the team standings.

The Creston quartet of Bryce Briley, Maxx Walters, Brandon Phipps and Jay Wolfe ran a three-second season’s best time in the event, running 3:29.42.

That broke the previous meet record set by Riverside in 2004 at 3:31.58.

Wolfe ran a 49.95 anchor leg, winning a tight three-team battle with Harlan and Glenwood in the final 15 meters of the race.

“The highlight of the meet, you’d have to say was our 4x400,” Creston head coach Pat Schlapia said. “Everyone ran their leg the right way. We were in the hunt on all four legs. It was between us, Harlan and Glenwood. Coming down to Jay, it was neck and neck, all three anchors were trading back and forth.”

That time also moves the Panthers to within two and a half seconds of the school record in the event.

As a whole, the Panthers finished with 10 placewinners, including five gold medals.

The 4x800 relay team of Briley, Cooper McDermott, Phipps and Wolfe kept its winning streak going with a first place performance of 8:22.20. Aside from the Drake Relays, that group has not lost a race this season.

Senior Trevor Luther got things started for the Panthers by winning the discus with a toss of 133-6. It was Luther’s second win in the event this season.

“Trevor Luther has been on a nice hot streak with the discus,” Schlapia said. “That’s nice having those points coming out of the field events.”

Phipps and Wolfe each won individual events, as well. Phipps led a sweep of the top two spots in the 1,600 meters with a new season best time of 4:36.12, as McDermott finished second in 4:42.22.

Wolfe won the 800 meters with his time of 1:59.03. McDermott placed fourth in 2:09.75.

Briley took second place in the 400 meter dash with a season best time of 52.25. Walters earned a pair of individual medals, running 23.62 for third place in the 200 meters and 11.79 for fifth place in the 100 meter dash.

“Saying it was an outstanding team effort is an understatement,” Schlapia said. “We’ve been improving each meet, and I would say this was our best team effort by far. The month of May is when we want to be peaking. This was a good step up, leading into the next two to three weeks.”

The Panthers are off until they host the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet on Thursday. Events begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Tiger Relays

Team standings — 1. Glenwood 127, 2. Creston 78, 3. Harlan 75, 4. Clarinda 74, 5. Atlantic 68, 6. Shenandoah 56, 7. Red Oak 29, 8. Treynor 21, 9. Riverside 13, 10. Woodbine 12, 11. Tri-Center Neola 4.

Discus — 1. Trevor Luther, Creston, 133-6; 8. Evan Nielsen, Creston, 113-2.

Shot put — 1. Trent Aldrich, Clar, 45-1; 17. Seth Maitlen, Creston, 35-11.50; 18. Cody Tanner, Creston, 32-7.50.

High jump — 1. Alec Hayes, Atl, 6-0; 10. Chris Foster, Creston, 5-4.

Long jump — 1. Jett Kettwick, Clar, 19-8.50; 8. Maxx Walters, Creston, 17-4; 11. Seth Maitlen, Creston, 16-3.50.

3,200 meters — 1. Josh Sunberg, RO, 10:30.20.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Creston (Bryce Briley, Cooper McDermott, Brandon Phipps, Jay Wolfe), 8:22.20.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:00.52.

100 meters — 1. Sam Kroepel, Shen, 11.36; 5. Maxx Walters, Creston, 11.68; 14. Alex Tamerius, Creston, 12.29.

400 meters — 1. Brady Wheeler, Glen, 52.19; 2. Bryce Briley, Creston, 52.25; 11. Brody Frain, Creston, 1:00.69.

4 x 200 relay — 1. Harlan, 1:33.84; 7. Creston (Alex Tamerius, Trevor Luther, Chris Foster, Seth Maitlen), 1:40.44.

110 high hurdles — 1. Dane Kruse, Glen, 15.13.

1,600 meters — 1. Brandon Phipps, Creston, 4:36.12; 2. Cooper McDermott, Creston, 4:42.22.

200 meters — 1. Sam Kroepel, Shen, 22.95; 3. Maxx Walters, Creston, 23.62; 16. Brody Frain, Creston, 27.54.

400 low hurdles — 1. Brendan Holmes, Atl, 56.19; 9. Nick Walsh, Creston, 1:04.25.

1,600 medley relay — 1. Harlan, 3:44.97.

800 meters — 1. Jay Wolfe, Creston, 1:59.03; 4. Cooper McDermott, Creston, 2:09.75.

4 x 100 relay — 1. Glenwood, 44.65; 8. Creston (Alex Tamerius, Trevor Luther, Chris Foster, Seth Maitlen), 47.77.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Creston (Bryce Briley, Maxx Walters, Brandon Phipps, Jay Wolfe), 3:29.42 (meet record).

JV

(Creston results)

Discus — 5. Cody Tanner, Creston, 91-7.

Long jump — Nathan Cox, Creston, 12-6.

100 meters — Travis Purdy, Creston, 14.30; Elijah Johnson, Creston, 16.05.

400 meters — 6. Tyler Peters, Creston, 1:07.83; Nathan Cox, 1:13.74.

200 meters — Nathan Cox, Creston, 32.67; Elijah Johnson, Creston, 34.83.

400 hurdles — 6. Travis Purdy, Creston, 1:21.83.

4 x 100 relay — 6. Creston (Nathan Cox, Elijah Johnson, Tyler Peters, Cody Tanner), 1:01.56.

4 x 400 relay — 6. Creston (Evan Nielsen, Brody Frain, Travis Purdy, Nick Walsh), 4:09.81.

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