Harlan Community junior Jacob Bruck (left) anchors the Cyclone 4x200 relay to a second-place finish at Monday’s Atlantic Co-Ed Track Meet. HCHS also placed second in the final team standings. (Photo courtesy of Nate Tenopir, Atlantic News-Telegraph)

Bieker hurls shot 51-plus as Cyclones place 2nd at Atlantic

 ATLANTIC (April 30) -- Highlighted by a pair of personal bests in the boys shot put, the Harlan Community track teams tuned up for the conference meet by placing a combined 29 times at Monday’s windy Atlantic Trojan Co-Ed Invite.
 The Atlantic boys (144 points, 10 gold medals) and the Glenwood girls (145) both cruised to team titles on the night, outscoring their closest competition by at least 50.
 Bolstered by 34 points in the field events, the HCHS boys secured second place with a team total of 91, holding off third-place Lewis Central (75), St. Albert (72) and Glenwood (71). The Cyclone girls placed sixth out of 10 teams with 50 points, trailing Glenwood, Atlantic (95), Abraham Lincoln (93), Lewis Central (71) and Creston (62).
 The bright spot for HCHS was no doubt in the boys shot put, where junior Caleb Bieker (third place) and senior Caleb Brouse (fifth) both achieved ‘PR’ throws at the same venue where they will compete during next Thursday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet. Bieker’s toss of 51 feet, 3.25 inches was a dramatic improvement of nearly four feet while Brouse upped his PR to 48-5.
 HCHS scored in five relay events, including a 4x100 gold by the crew of Erlemeier, Jake McLaughlin, Deren Schmitz and Andy Burchett.
 The Cyclones girls, who continue to compete with some of their top performers limited to just one event, did not claim any gold but did place 12 times in 11 events. Greichaly Kaster took second in the 3,000 and third in the 1,500-meter run, which were both won by Atlantic’s Taylor McCreedy. Chloe Hansen placed second to AL standout Darby Thomas in the 100 hurdles and Abby Alberti was third in the 400.

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