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4/17/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat sophomore Kailey Potter takes off from teammate Dana Koester after a handoff in the 4X800 relay at the River Queen Invitational. The duo along with Megan Slattery and Nina Cray won the 4X800 at the Chad Gates Invitational hosted by West Branch with a time of 11:12.24.
Cal-Wheat boys, girls bring home event titles from West Branch

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It proved to be a golden night for both the Calamus-Wheatland boys and girls track teams during Thursday's Chad Gates Invitational hosted by West Branch.

Both Warrior squads picked up titles during the meet with the Cal-Wheat girls cruising to a title in the 4X800 relay and the Cal-Wheat boys getting a pair of championships from Justin Alden.

Behind their victory in the 4X800, the Warrior girls took seventh in the meet with 23.5 points. Solon brought home the team title with 132 points, while the host Bears were second with 87.5 points and Durant third with 84.

The Warriors ended up winning the 4X800 by five seconds as Dana Koester, Kailey Potter, Megan Slattery and Nina Cray combined to finish in 11:12.24 - the 21st-best time in class 1A so far.

It was the start of a busy day for Cray, who also took third in the 800-meter run and fifth in the 400-meter dash.

Cray posted a time of 2:40.00 in the former event, while finishing in 1:09.92 in the latter.

Picking up a fifth of her own in an individual event was Ciara Delever, who crossed the finish line in the 100-meter dash in 14.72.

The Warriors scored another fifth as well from their 4X200 team of Madison Bennett, Marie Gorzney, Mikaela Crossen and Stephanie Petersen. Together the group finished with a time of 2:06.81.

Another Cal-Wheat relay, the distance medley squad of Gorzney, Crossen, Kailey Hamdorf and Sierra Rodriguez, added a sixth-place finish in 5:24.00, while Potter scored her own sixth with a time of 5:58.21 in the 1,500-meter run.

Bennett gave the Warriors a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 30.87, while Gorzney was right behind her in eighth with a clocking of 32.46.

Alden wins both high jump, long jump

Behind a pair of field event titles from senior Justin Alden, the Warriors finished eighth in the boys side of the meet with 31 points.

Nobody could stop the meet's host as West Branch steamrolled to a title with 150 points. Iowa City Regina was second with 80 points, while Iowa City High was third with 67.

Alden continued his run of success in both the long jump and high jump by winning the former event for a third time this season and the latter for a second.

The senior dominated in both events on Thursday, as his leap of 19-4.5 in the long jump was more than two feet further than the next closest and his clearance of 5-10 in the high jump was eight inches better than everyone else.

Giving the Warriors his own lift in the long jump was Josh Leech, who took sixth with an attempt of 14-10.75.

Alden added his own sixth in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.75.

Cal-Wheat also got a nice day from junior David Benischek, who finished third in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400-meter dash.

Benischek clocked in at 1:04.00 in the hurdles for his third, while posting a time of 57.72 in the 400-meter dash.

The Warriors' final top-eight finishes came from a pair of relays.

The 4X100 team of Danny Solis, Dylan Benischek, Leech and Alden took eighth in their race with a time of 49.34, while the distance medley team of Solis, Leech, Zach Poell and Wyatt Anians also took eighth with a clocking of 4:52.00.

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