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Sabers open their outdoor season at Pleasant Valley
|Central junior Jake Feldpausch reaches back to take the baton from teammate James Grell during the 4X200 relay at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Pleasant Valley. Feldpausch anchored the team to a second-place finish in the event and also was the fourth runner on the Saber 4X400 team which took first at the meet. Grell, meanwhile, had Central’s other first with a time of 11.25 in the 100-meter dash. Photo by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
The Central boys track team got its outdoor season off and running, Thursday night, by taking on the big boys at the Spartan Invite hosted by Pleasant Valley.
The smallest school in the eight-team field, the Sabers were at a disadvantage in the true-team scoring format, but Central was still able to take sixth as a team with 515 points.
Keyed by a pair of individual victories by Caleb Drake, the host Spartans cruised to a team title with 791 points. Clinton was second with 648.5 points, while Dubuque Senior took third with 606.5.
Even with the tough competition, the Sabers still produced a pair of champions at the meet.
The first was sophomore James Grell, who was the first runner to break the tape in the 100-meter dash, doing so in 11.25.
The time was five-hundredths of a second better than the event's runner-up and doubles as the fourth-best time in class 3A this season.
Equally impressive was the performance of the Sabers' 4X400 team of Remington Meggers, Mitch Kirby, Jake Kagemann and Jake Feldpausch, who posted the best time in class 3A (and second-best in the entire state) - 3:28.03 - to win the event.
The victory was the exclamation point on a strong day for the Saber relays as Central earned four top-three finishes.
Two relay teams - the 4X200 quartet of Jake Thumann, Kirby, Grell and Feldpausch, and the 4X800 foursome of Meggers, Kyle Marti, Connor Dalldorf and Mitch Green - earned runner-up finishes at the meet.
The former team clocked in at 1:32.86 with the latter crossing the finishing line in 8:18.26. Both times are tops in class 3A in the early going.
The distance medley team of Thumann, Tyler Stillmunkes, Marti and Green added a third-place finish in 3:49.97 and the Sabers also got a strong performance from its shuttle hurdle team (Kirby, Kagemann, Drew Dieckmann and Cole Connell), which clocked in at 1:03.04, good for fourth.
A final Saber relay, the 4X100 team, earned an eighth-place finish with a time of 48.28.
Central also received a third from Feldpausch, who crossed the finish line in 22.93 in the 200-meter dash.
The other Saber individual to finish in the top-eight at the event was Connell, who tied for seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 5-8.
Just missing their own top-eight finishes were Lechtenberg and Grell. The former was ninth in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 11.60, while the latter was ninth in the long jump with a leap of 18-6.5.
Central received another top-10 finish in the field events from Doug Hayen, who finished right at 10th with a toss of 123-2 in the discus, while Connell also took 10th with a time of 16.96 in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Connell added a 12th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles as well with a clocking of 1:03.56, while Ryan Burke was 12th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.16.
Central scored two more 12ths in the field events as senior Drew Dieckmann cleared 5-4 in the high jump and sophomore Lucas Daniels had a toss of 41-2 in the shot put.
Kagemann finished 13th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.34, while Austin Lechtenberg was just two spots behind him with a time of 24.55.
Picking up his own 13th-place finish was Marti, who clocked in at 4:56.40 in the mile.
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