Wolves & Vikings compete at WIC Championships


Wednesday the IKM-Manning Wolves girls track and field team competed at the Western Iowa Championships with the girls taking 31 points, finishing ninth, but battled some sickness and injury along the way.

“The girls were down quite a few to injury and sickness, but we are hoping that the week between now and districts will do us good in getting everyone back up and running before the district meet next week,” said Wolves Girls Head Coach Emma Konkler-Petersen.

Despite low numbers in attendance, according to Konkler-Petersen, the Wolves still managed to perform with some big numbers, including the 4x800 relay team which featured Taylor Beckendorf, Alikxa McGinn, Raegan Garrison, Addisyn Bandow setting a new personal record with 10:43.29, finishing in fourth place, 42 seconds behind Tri-Center who won the event.

Garrison also had a big night in solo events placing high in the 1500 and 3000m run events with times of 5:33.59 and 11:34.38. Garrison came in fifth in the 1500 finishing 20 seconds behind Allysen Johnsen of Logan-Magnolia who won with 5:12.11 and she finished third in the 3000 coming in third place under 20 seconds behind Madison Sporrer of Logan-Magnolia who won the event with 11:15.75.

Other highlights included Hannah McKinney finishing the 100m dash in the top 10 with an eighth place finish of 14.27, just over a second behind Lydia Erickson of Riverside who won with 13.17.

The shuttle hurdle relay team which featured Abby Neilheisel, Grace Carroll, Abby Wanser, and Anna Stangl performed strong with a time of 1:15.12, just six seconds behind Tri-Center who won with 1:09.11.

The Wolves next event will be Monday at 4 p.m. at Boyer Valley High School where they will be one of six schools competing.

For the boys, they finished fifth among nine schools with 73 points, 61 behind Underwood who won the event with 134.

“I thought there were plenty of positives,” said Wolves Boys Head Coach Kyle Vanderhorst. “Our 4x800 got beat for the first time this year but did run a season best by six seconds. That group is confident right now, and is awesome to see. We also had three other runner up finishes; Ross [Kusel] in the High Jump, Lane [Sams] in the 1600 and our 4x200, that we came away happy with. We were hoping for a top three team finish and while that didn't happen, I felt that guys competed as well as they could with the elements. The conference is really deep this year and that was evident on Wednesday night.”

On the track, Davis Rasmussen earned a ninth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 11.98, not far behind the winner, William Anderson of Logan Magnolia who finished less than 1/10 of a second ahead of Rasmussen with 11.21.

Kusel placed sixth in the 200m dash event with a time of 23.70 less than a 1/10 of a second behind Chris Dworak of Missouri Valley who won with 23.08.

Together Rasmussen and Kusel competed strongly in the 4x200 along with Jase Lueth and Abe Polzien earning a second place finish with 1:35.85, just 1.4 seconds behind Treynor who won the 4x200.

“Those guys along with Jase and Abe have been our best sprinters all year,” Vanderhorst said. “I know they want to run their best 4x200 at the State Qualifying Meet next Thursday at Westwood.”

Lane Same also turned in a strong performance in the 1600m run, putting up a time of 5:03.68, finishing in second place behind Dawson Henderson of Riverside who won the event with 4:48.80.

“Lane has been a great runner for us for four years,” Vanderhorst added. “While his time wasn't his PR, I loved how he competed in that race holding off two guys that last 100 meters to hold on to the silver. Lane is our anchor in the 4x800 and Distance Medley as well as an individual race, 800 or 1600, so he is going to have multiple shots to qualify and get back to blue oval.”

Sams also helped the 4x800 relay team earn a second place finish with Polzien, Isaac Blankman, and Ben Ramsey finishing with 8:28.91, less than a second behind Tri-Center who won with a time of 8:28.32.

“Our handoffs were really good all night and we need to continue to fine tune those,” he said. “We know that everything is going to be real tight in those races at Westwood next week.”

The boys will be back in action Monday at 4 p.m. at Boyer Valley High School competing against eight other schools with some Western Iowa rivals.

“Riverside, Tri Center, and West Monona will push us in many races as they have quality teams, but we really are just trying to look at a couple more things before making the state qualifying lineup,” Vanderhorst said. “We are hoping the weather holds out so we can get that meet in on Monday.”


The AHSTW Vikings turned in strong performance at the Western Iowa Championships with the girls finishing with 51 points, 99 behind Riverside who won, and the boys finishing with 90, 44 behind Underwood who won with 134.

“I thought the boys did a great job of competing hard against probably the best competition we have seen all year,” said Viking Boys Head Coach Jackson Renberg. “This was great competition to see right before Districts. We have a small team in numbers, but everyone that competed did their part to help us out to finish the top half of the conference at conference. Overall, I can’t be more proud of this group than I am and the work they are putting in has really started to show at the right time.”

On the track, Junior Luke Sternberg turned in some high placing performances with a second place finish in the 200m dash with 23.18, 1/10 of a second behind Chris Dworak who won with 23.08. He also won the 400m dash with 51.18 with Karson Elwood of Treynor right on his tail at 51.46.

Sternberg also helped lead the 4x100 relay team which also featured Seth Pope, Caleb Hatch, and Gavin Newcomb to a fourth place finish with 46.41, less than a second behind Logan-Magnolia with 45.57.

“Luke had a great run and competed hard just narrowly missing out on beating a very good sprinter from Mo Valley,” Renberg said. “As for his 400, He took off a half a second off his time from his previous school record. He then put us in a good position to place high in the other relays as well.”

Other highlights from relay races included the 4x200 team finishing fifth with a time of 1:37.98 which featured Pope, Camden Soukup, Nick Denning, and Chase Wheatley, the 4x400 team which had Caden Geraghty, Wheatley, Ty Nelson, and Collin Harder finishing with a time of 8:54.02, along with the 4x800 team finishing with 1:39.35 that had Hatch, Newcomb, Sternberg, and Denning.

“Overall, we did pretty good on relay events throughout the night,” Renberg added. “I knew coming in that there were going to be some really stacked relays throughout the nights. I thought our guys once the meet got going, really stepped up their game in the competition and pushed themselves to do the best they could do. I was really proud of every group that competed as we knew fourth place in our conference in a relay is a medal and points that will help us team wise at the end of the night.”

Renberg was also impressed with the performance of the shuttle hurdle relay team which had Newcomb, Denning, Soukup, and Pope considering they had to battle through some rain. They still managed to earn a fourth place finish with 1:06.05, just over five seconds behind Treynor who won with 1:00.70.

“The rain came in at the wrong time and it started pouring right once we had our shuttle hurdle relay. However, the guys stepped up and ran some really good times,” he said. “Seth Pope and Nick Denning had really good splits competing in the event and putting us in good position. Gavin Newcomb was catching Audubon towards the end, but we just ran out of time. Overall, 4th place against some teams that will place at state in a few weeks isn’t anything to hang our heads on.”

The Vikings enter their final stretch starting Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Last-Chance Co-Ed Meet at Fremont Mills High School where they will be one of 11 schools, followed by their state qualifying meet Thursday at 4 p.m. at Treynor High School where they will be competing against 10 other schools.



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