Wildcats pick up second team title


Boys track

     Maquoketa Valley picked up its second team championship of the young boys track season, winning the six-team Independence meet April 4, with 226 points. Sumner-Fredericksburg was second with 138, and Independence finished third with 129.

     Winners included Derek Becker in the 400, 52.18 and in the discus, 133-2; Chance Downs in the 800, 2:11.78; Chad Neuzil in the 110 hurdles, 16.13; Cy Huber in the 1,600, 5:34.58; Nolan Ries in the 3,200, 11:34.49; James LeGassick in the 400 hurdles, 59.61; and Michael Feldmann in the shot put, 44-4.

     The Wildcats also won the 4x100 relay; the 4x400 relay; the 4x800 relay, the shuttle hurdle relay, the 800 sprint medley relay, and the 1,600 distance medley relay.

     In second place in their events were Preston Roling in the 1,600, Mitch Heims in the discus, AJ Ambundo in the long jump and Norman Wilson in the shot put.

     Third place finishers for MV included Daniel Hunter in the 100, Hunt in the 110 hurdles, Ambundo in the high jump, Brian Heims in the shot put and the 4x200 relay.

     Earlier, the Wildcats competed in the Fearing Relays April 2 in Anamosa, and placed fifth out of 15 schools, with 64 points. Dubuque Wahlert won the meet with 120.5 points.

     Maquoketa Valley won three events at the meet. Winners included the 4x400 relay of Becker, Evan Hoefer, LeGassick and Downs in 3 minutes, 30.86 seconds; the 1,600 distance medley of Hunter, LeGassick, Becker and Downs in 3:46.25; and the shuttle hurdle relay of Becker, LeGassick, Teige Hunt and Neuzil.

     Taking second was the 4x100 relay of Hunter, Hoefer, Neuzil and Owen Mensen. Neuzil took third in the 110 hurdles.



     Maquoketa Valley competed in a dual meet against Springville April 1 at Meadowview in Central City.

     Springville did not have a full girls’ team, but MV did, totaling 213 as a team. Three girls shot 52 in the meet. Penny Blackmore of Springville was meet medalist via the cardback rule, with MV’s Kelly Winter finishing second and Mady Moenck placing third. Chloe Roling shot a 54 and Erika Supple had 55 for the Wildcats.

     For the boys, Springville won 236 to 254. MV’s Isaac Zirtzman was medalist with a 45, and Tony Offerman had a 61.

     “It definitely felt good to get the first meet under our belts, and to have a better understanding of the specific skills each of our golfers need to improve upon in a competition,” MV coach Tim Andrews said.

     On April 4, the Wildcats faced Starmont in a home meet at Hart Ridge in Manchester. The girls won 190 to 210, led by medalist Winter, with a 42.

     The boys lost 188 to 239. Zirtzman shot 43 to finish second to Starmont’s Chris Baumgartner by one stroke.

     “It was an extremely cold and blustery evening,” Andrews said. “The boys and girls battled through it, to post some season bests.”



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