BETTENDORF — The Central DeWitt boys track team has gotten off to a fast start in the outdoor season, competing in a pair of meets in the span of three days.
So, fittingly, it was the sprints where the Sabers found their most success.
Central DeWitt won three events at Tuesday’s Tipton Early Bird meet, two of them sprint relays, and then followed it up Thursday by picking up another sprint title at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Pleasant Valley.
The victor in the latter meet was junior Lucas Burmeister, who blazed around the track in the 200-meter dash, winning the event in 22.41.
The clocking was nearly half a second ahead of the rest of the field and is the lowest time among 3A sprinters this spring. The time is also the second-fastest in program history.
It was the first of four top-three finishes for Burmeister, who also anchored a trio of Central DeWitt relays.
The shuttle hurdle team of Tristan Rheingans, David Harper, Luke Schlimmer and Burmeister picked up the first third with their time of 1:09.06, while the 4x200 team of Alex Fuller, Caden Ridgley, Matthew Watters and Burmeister earned their own third in 1:34.08.
Finally, in the night’s last event, the 4x400 team of Ridgley, Sean Kinney, Fuller and Burmeister earned a final third in 3:38.94.
Senior Cole Miller had the second-farthest throw in the discus, producing a distance of 134-8 to score a runner-up finish.
Miller added a sixth-place heave of 43-9.5 in the shot put, while Colby Cornelius tied for seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 5-4.
The Sabers, who finished seventh in the team standings with 60.5 points, doubled up their points in the 400-meter hurdles with Rheingans placing fourth in 62.73 and Gus Pickup eighth in 67.07.
Fuller added a sixth-place clocking of 11.75 in the 100-meter dash and the rest of the Sabers’ points came in the relays: the sprint medley team (Ben Pace, Tyler Herington, Will Ginter and Kinney) was fifth in 1:45.81; the 4x800 team (Carter Donovan, Paul Kuehn, Sam Bloom and Wyatt Sailer) was sixth in 9:19.62; and the distance medley (Kinney, Jacob Maher, Herington, Kuehn) and 4x100 (Pace, Harper, Watters and Ginter) both took seventh in 4:16.15 and 47.58, respectively.
The Sabers’ sprint medley and 4x100 teams both ran to titles at Tipton, helping Central DeWitt take third behind the hosting Tigers and Camanche in the team race with 69 points.
The sprint medley team of Pace, Harper, Fuller and Burmeister rolled to their title in 1:41.28, finishing nearly four seconds ahead of runner-up Beckman Catholic.
The 4x100 team of Pace, Burmeister, Ridgley and Fuller cut things a little closer, finishing just over two-tenths of a second ahead of Camanche (46.21 to 46.43).
Miller provided the Sabers with a third title, throwing 140-1 — the ninth-best effort in 3A — to win the discus by nearly seven feet.
Miller nearly made it a title sweep as he took second in the shot put with a throw of 46-4, just one-quarter inch behind Iowa City Regina’s Josh Gaffey.
Burmeister added his own second, clocking in at 15.55 in the 110-meter hurdles — the eighth-fastest time in program history and fourth-fastest in 3A.
Hunter Blankenship and Donovan added their own individual thirds in the 400- and 800-meter races, respectively. The former clocked in at 57.05, while the latter posted a time of 2:17.88.
Pickup scored a final individual placement with a fifth-place time of 1:07.97 in the 400-meter hurdles, while three relays teams (the 4x800 quartet of Kinney, Blankenship, Kuehn and Donovan; the 4x200 team of Ridgley, Watters, Kinney and Fuller; and the 4x400 team of Blankenship, Kinney, Watters and Ridgley) finished fourth and the shuttle hurdle team (Rheingans, Schlimmer, Watters and Harper) took fifth.