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—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla St Edmond’s Aaron Lursen, shown here, was part of the Gaels’ winning distance medley at Thursday’s North Central Conference meeting.

IOWA FALLS — The Clear Lake boys won the North Central Conference track and field title here on Thursday night with a balanced effort.

Algona was second, followed by Humboldt, Webster City, Iowa Falls-Alden, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, St. Edmond and Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.

Leading the way for the Gaels was the distance medley relay of Jonathan Xiao, Johnny Dickerson, Klay Baker and Aaron Lursen as the quartet took first place in 3:47.86. The 4×800 relay of Drew Szalat, Hayden Mayer, Sam Mericle and Lursen added a second, with Lursen also finishing second in the 800.

The 4×800 ran 8:44.23, with Lursen finishing the 800 in 2:06.76. Zach Smith, Baker, Mayer and Cayne Reed took bronze in 3:36.00 in the 4×400.

“We had incredible times” said SEHS head coach Donn Larson. “As runners in the NCC we knew it would be difficult to get top finishes so we focused on times. And we lost a lot of time. Our distance medley, 4×4, shuttle hurdles, 4×2, and sprint medley all had PRs, as did several individuals.

“It was a good night of running and our kids took advantage of that. They are happy and excited and that’s great to see.”

Quinten McCarville finished fourth in the high jump and cleared 5-8, while the 4×200s of Reed, Xiao, Smith and Braydon Smith finished fourth in 1:34.69. Thomas Cosgrove, McCarville, Szalat and Isaac Landwehr finished fourth in the shuttle hurdle relay.

Landwehr added a fifth in the 400 hurdles and the sprint medley relay of Smith, Xiao, Smith and Reed finished fifth.

First place in junior varsity events was taken by Dane Hanrahan (400), Cosgrove (400 hurdles), the 4×400, sprint medley, and distance medley relays.

Humboldt’s Trevor Jacobson conquered the 800 in 2:02.68 while the shuttle hurdles relay took first place in 1:04.86. The Wildcats also took silver in the 400 hurdles courtesy of Caden Matson.

Webster City’s JJ Moore won the shot put (57-5) and discus (158-0), while teammate Jaxon Cherry finished second in the 100-yard and discus. CJ Hisler (200), Jose Ramirez (1,600), the 4×100 and 4×200 all finished second.

For Algona, Ryan Stundahl swept the 3200 (10:27.79) and 1600 (4:50.04), with the sprint medley relay also taking first place. Caden Weber (800), Caleb Omdahl (high jump), Jaxon Woodyard (shot put) and the 4×400 finished second.

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows placed second in the shuttle hurdle relay.

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