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4/27/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast junior Eli Kaczinski starts another lap in the 3,200-meter run with Tipton’s Eric Lenz right on his tail during Monday’s Rebel Relays. Kaczinski picked up two of the Rebels’ three titles during the meet as he beat Lenz to the finish line in both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Northeast, Cal-Wheat post high finishes at Rebel Relays
Depth helped the Northeast boys track team pile up the points during Monday's Rebel Relays.

But not even placing in all but one event could help the Rebels catch up with Big East rival Camanche, who ran away with its second-straight title at the meet.

The Indians dominated the proceedings, winning more events (10) than the rest of the teams combined (eight) to finish first with 194 points.

Northeast led the rest of the field with three titles to earn runner-up honors for the second-straight year with 108 points.

Tipton (who was the only other team to have multiple titlists) was third with 73 points, while North Cedar and Bellevue rounded out the top-five.

Picking up an event title of its own was Cal-Wheat, which took 11th in the team race with 14.5 points.

Leading the way for Northeast was junior Eli Kaczinski, who swept the two distance events.

Kaczinski found himself in a battle with Tipton's Eric Lenz during both races.

In the 3,200-meter run, the two led the rest of the field for the entire race. Lenz made his move during the eighth and final lap to pull in front, but the action proved to be premature as Kaczinski overtook his foe in the final 200 meters and crossed the finish line in 10:21.30 (Lenz's time was 10:22.40).

Taking seventh in the same event for the Rebels was freshman Jaden Butler, who crossed the finish line in 12:01.15.

Kaczinski and Lenz found themselves in another fight to the finish in the 1,600-meter run with the former again turning it on late to bring home a victory in a time of 4:47.49.

The Rebels' final title came from senior Bo Lingle, who was the only athlete to clear 5-8 in the high jump.

Chipping in a fourth in the event was sophomore Nick Wall, who leapt 5-2 in the event.

Lingle added a seventh-place finish in the other jumping event as well with an effort of 17-8 in the long jump.

The event also produced the area's final champion in Cal-Wheat senior Justin Alden, who continued his strong season with a title-winning leap of 20-5.

The area's lone runner-up finish at the meet came from Rebel junior Nick Anderson, who finished exactly a second behind Camanche's Cody Mensinger in the 800-meter run.

Right behind Anderson (who had a time of 2:07.12) in the event was teammate Connor Soenksen, who clocked in at 2:08.09.

Both runners were part of Northeast's 4X400 team (Will Hasken and Mitchel Moehr completed the squad), which picked up its own third with a time of 3:43.94.

The Rebels also scored thirds in two other relays - the 4X100 and shuttle hurdle.

The former group of Ben Hildebrandt, Lingle, Tevin Stoecker and Kevin Boughton earned its finish with a time of 46.98, while the latter foursome of Stoecker, Ryan Murphy, Nick Kennicker and Trevor Schaver clocked in at 1:08.84.

Kennicker added a second third-place effort by crossing the finish line in 59.31 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Boughton was the fourth runner to finish the 200-meter dash, as he clocked in at 23.59, and Northeast picked up another fourth from its 4X200 team of Hildebrandt, Wall, Moehr and Hasken. The group posted a time of 1:39.90.

A second relay - the 4X800 team of Nick Sellnau, Brendon Butler, Colton Galusha and Gabe Empen - ran to its own fourth-place finish in 9:32.10.

A final Rebel relay team (Hildebrandt, Lingle, Hasken and Kaczinski) took fifth in the distance medley with a clocking of 3:56.55.

Kennicker also took fifth by posting a time of 17.11 in the 110-meter high hurdles, and so too did Stoecker, who let loose a throw of 38-6 in the shot put.

The Rebels received a sixth-place finish from Anderson in the 400-meter dash (the junior clocked in at 55.02), while Hildebrandt finished off Northeast's scoring with an eighth-place time of 11.49 in the 100-meter dash.

In addition to Alden's victory in the long jump, the Warriors also added a fifth-place finish from its 4X100 team of Dylan Benischek, Danny Solis, Josh Leech and Alden, which finished in 47.34.

Cal-Wheat picked up one final half-point from Dylan Rickels, who tied for eighth in the shot put with a toss of 34-11.

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