Wolves head north for track meet

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cale Hellinga

The Harris-Lake Park boys track team traveled north on Tuesday, April 19 to take part in a meet held at Slayton, Minnesota.

The Wolves earned a trio of top-three finishes on the day.

"I thought the boys really performed well at Slayton," H-LP coach Eric Clouse said. "It was a little different with the set-up of how they run their races in Minnesota, but the guys did a great job of adapting and putting up some good times. We had some good finishes, but the biggest thing we saw was that every relay team and every open event improved their times from our previous meets. I think we needed that after a tough meet at Unity (Christian) and it gave us something to build on and get excited about."

Cale Hellinga earned the Wolves' highest finish on the day, placing second in the open 400-meters with his time of 54.55 seconds.

Darin Hesebeck

Hellinga also joined Trevor Gunderson, Keegan Carpenter and Bryce Perkins for a third-place time of 1 minute, 42.03 seconds in the 4x200-meter relay.

Returning state qualifier Darin Hesebeck placed third in the high jump with his leap of 5 feet, 6 inches.

Hellinga and Hesebeck placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash in 25.51 and 25.94 seconds. Gunderson, Carpenter, Dahlton Burdorf and Hellinga placed sixth in the 4x400-meter relay, and Braeton Nitzschke placed sixth in the shot put with his toss of 37 feet, 1 inch.

"I thought Cale did a great job with his open and anchoring our 4x200 and 4x400 races," Clouse said. "Also, our freshman Jack Rasche shoed us a ton of improvement and hopefully will be a guy who can continue to step up for us. Trev, Keegan and Darin are also continuing to give us solid times in relays and opens as well, which is great to see early in the season."

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