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Athletes take advantage of ideal conditions at LRC meet

Ipswich’s Katelyn Geditz tosses the discus at the Lake Region Conference Track Meet Tuesday in Ipswich. Geditz won the event with a toss of 100-feet 9-inches. She also won the shot put. Photo by John Davis taken 5/11/2021

The sun was shining, the stars were out and the records were falling during the Lake Region Conference track and field meet Tuesday in Ipswich.

A variety of top athletes took advantage of near perfect conditions to set new meet, school or personal records during the event. A total of nine meet records were broken and another one was tied.

Ipswich swept the team titles, winning the boys’ division with 175 points. Warner was second with 153. In the girls’ division, Ipswich finished with 219.5 points. Warner was runner-up with 94.5.

It was day that saw some memorable performances. Cody Larson of Warner broke an LRC meet record dating back to 1969 in the 1,600-meter run. His winning time of 4:26.14 broke the former record of 4:30.7 set by Loren Kambestad.

“I looked at it this morning and I said, well let’s try for it,” Larson said of the record. “It’s a huge honor. I’m happy I got a good day to run it. Normally, it’s so windy when we come here. This is the best day of conference I’ve had my whole career.”

Larson went on to add a win in the 3,200-meter run in record-setting fashion and finished second in the 800-meter run. He also ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay squad.

When asked what his favorite event was, the senior had a hard time deciding.

“I don’t know. It’s close,” he said. “I like the 4X4 just because it’s a relay team, but the mile is up there. It’s right up there with that 4X4, back and forth.”

Isaac Sumption of Frederick was another individual who had a monster day, winning the 100 and 200, running a leg on the winning 800-meter relay team and running on a second place 400-meter team.

Like Larson, Sumption enjoys competing with his teammates.

“Open is fun and all, but in relays you’re more accountable for your teammates,” Sumption said, “so you have more at stake than rather just only hurting yourself.”

Sumption said competing in a meet with so many quality athletes brings out the best in everyone.

“It’s fun having competition and people to push you,” he said. “That brings out the best in you. It’s fun having other talented kids around you.”

Peyton Melius of Faulkton won the high jump with season best leap of 5-feet 2-inches.

“I’ve been working towards that all year,” said Melius. She said the conditions helped. “I think three times this year I’ve jumped in the rain, so it’s probably one of the best days we’ve had all year for jumping.”

The senior, who also ran on three relays, also enjoys competing with her teammates.

“I just think relays, personally, they’re my favorite just because it’s a team effort,” Melius said. “You can’t have one good leg that will carry you on. Individual is a more of a head game for me. I like relays because you get to be with your friends.”

In one of the closest relays on the day, Rachel Beaner of Aberdeen Christian brought her team from behind as the Knights won the 3,200-meter relay in dramatic fashion by 6/100th of a second. The sophomore caught a runner from Faulkton with about 200 meters left.

“I was just trying to run my race, close the gap and just trying to catch her, but I didn’t know if I would,” Beaner said. “I could tell she was tiring out and so I just passed her then. I didn’t know if I could keep her behind me or not.”

Beaner, who later in the meet broke her own school record in the 800, she said also likes competing in relays over individual events.

“I try to run faster in the relay, because I’m doing it for my team,” Beaner said. “The open 8 is just by myself.”

Everywhere there were notable performances.

Alec Maier won the 400 and 800, clocking the state’s fastest Class B time in the 800 this season at 1:59.38, also breaking a meet record belonging to Kambestad set in 1969.

Zander Widener of Langford Area won both hurdles races, setting a new meet record in both, and also ran on the winning 400-meter relay squad which set a meet record and the second place 800-meter relay. Teammate Kade Larson won the long jump and triple jump, and also ran on the 400 relay team.

Warner’s Jackson McNeil won the shot put and discus.

In the girls’ division, Jessica Boekelheide won the 100 and 200, and also ran on the winning 400-meter relay team. The Wildcats had three relays that broke meet records.

North Central’s Krystal Geier won the long jump and triple jump, and Katelyn Geditz of Ipswich won the shot put and discus.

Aberdeen Christian found the winner’s circle in a few events. In addition to the 3,200-meter relay team (which included Kathryn Steger, Grace Steger, Hailey Moeller and Beaner), Moeller set a new school record in winning the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:37.53, and Andrew Brennan won the pole vault in a new school mark of 9-feet 3-inches.

“I thought it was a good day of competition,” said Christian coach David Rohrbach. “Shawnteah LaCroix was second in the 200. As a seventh-grader she has a lot of potential.”

Rohrbach also noted a couple of performances in the boys’ division.

“I thought our boys relays were solid as well, placing in the top four in the 4X1 and 4X2,” he said. “Ben Rohl has been consistent placing all year in the 100.”

The Knights will compete in the Region 1B meet a week from Thursday in Britton.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

Team Points: Ipswich 219.5, Warner 94.5, Aberdeen Christian 87, Northwestern 80, Faulkton 64, North Central 51, Frederick 48, Langford Area 26, Leola 25.

100-Meter Hurdles: 1, Laura Sumption, Frederick, :18.63; 2, Ashlyn Weig, Ipswich, :18.94; 3, Tage Buechler, North Central, :19.52; 4, Lauren Marcuson, Warner, :19.70; 5, Chloe Arneson, Frederick, :19.76; 6, Sienna Kessler, Ipswich, :19.86; 7, Marley Guthmiller, Ipswich, :19.88; 8, Ava Nilsson, Warner, :20.08.

300-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 1, Ava Nilsson, Warner, :53.06; 2, Laura Sumption, Frederick, :53.17; 3, Marley Guthmiller, Ipswich, :55.64; 4, Ashlyn Weig, Ipswich, :57.85; 5, Sienna Kessler, Ipswich, :59.19; 6, Chloe Arneson, Frederick, 1:00.23; 7, Josie Knutson, Ipswich, 1:03.63; 8, Makala DeRaad, Ipswich, 1:14.39.

100-Meter Dash: 1, Jessica Boekelheide, Northwestern, :13.29; 2, Olyvia Dwight, Langford Area, :13.94; 3, Vanesa Diaz, Ipswich, :14.09; 4, Ashley Ptacek, Ipswich, :14.13; 5, Anna Lapka, Leola, :14.17; 6, Hanna Miller, Aberdeen Christian, :14.29; 7, Morgan Sumption, Frederick, :14.35; 8, Gracie Cadwell, Langford Area, :14.47.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Jessica Boekleheide, Northwestern, :26.92; 2, Shawnteah La Croix, Aberdeen Christian, :27.81; 3, Vanesa Diaz, Ipswich, :29.13; 4, Kendyl Anderson, Warner, :29.27; 5, Halle Heinz, Ipswich, :29.33; 6, Olyvia Dwight, Langford Area, :29.35; 7, Ashley Ptacek, Ipswich, :29.36; 8, Alyx Hoffman, Leola, :29.43.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Ashley Ptacek, Ipswich, 1:05.61; 2, Vanesa Diaz, Ipswich, 1:08.43; 3, Kyleigh Schopp, Warner, 1:08.43; 4, Payton Grandpre, Northwestern, 1:10.09; 5, Lauren Meyers, Aberdeen Christian, 1:12.05; 6, Anna Lapka, Leola, 1:12.23; 7, Morgan Haselhorst, Warner, 1:13.19; 8, Kiarra Stuck, Northwestern, 1:17.29.

800-Meter Run: 1, Morgan Sumption, Frederick, 2:28.49; 2, Ella Boekelheide, Northwestern, 2:35.63; 3, Rachel Beaner, Aberdeen Christian, 2:35.63; 4, Emily DeRaad, Ipswich, 2:35.96; 5, Laura Sumption, Frederick, 2:40.37; 6, Kyleigh Schopp, Warner, 2:41.01; 7, Amelia Currington, Faulkton, 2:42.05; 8, Emily Hatlewick, Leola, 2:45.58.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Ella Boekelheide, Northwestern, 5:43.80; 2, Madisyn Gellhaus, Ipswich, 6:01.55; 3, Kathryn Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:03.02; 4, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 6:08.07; 5, Grace Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:20.15; 6, Jordyn Jensen, Warner, 6:32.28; 7, Baylee Kulesa, Ipswich, 6:42.13; 8, Abigail Dunlavy, Warner, 6:59.71.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Hailey Moeller, Aberdeen Christian, 12:37.53; 2 Ashlinn Hartwell, Ipswich, 13:08.10; 3, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 13:23.35; 4, Gracyn Kadlec, Ipswich, 13:23.64; 5, Emily Hatlewick, Leola, 14:17.81; 6, Baylee Kulesa, Ipswich, 14:53.77; 7, Ashlyn Sorensen, Faulkton, 16:13.87.

Shot Put: 1, Katelyn Geditz, Ipswich, 31-3; 2, Alyx Hoffman, Leola, 30-5.5; 3, Ashly Senn, Faulkton, 30-5; 4, Faith Nell, Aberdeen Christian, 29-11; 5, Jori Melius, Faulkton, 29-9; 6, Jasmin Garcia, North Central, 29-0; 7, Summer Scepaniak, Warner, 28-8; 8, Ana Ratigan, Northwestern, 28-7.5.

Discus: 1, Katelyn Geditz, Ipswich, 100-9; 2, Kayla Senn, Faulkton, 97-5; 3, Ashley Cadwell, Langford Area, 96-9; 4, Summer Scepaniak, Warner, 91-11; 5, Ruth Hulscher, Aberdeen Christian, 87-8; 6, Alyx Hoffman, Leola, 85-4; 7, Malona Cox, Frederick, 84-2; 8, Hannah Johnson, Leola, 80-11.

High Jump: 1, Peyton Melius, Faulkton, 5-2; 2, Gracie Lange, Ipswich, 4-10; 3, Paige Mehlberg, Ipswich, 4-10; 4, Jennifer Aman, Warner, 4-6; 5, (tie) Marley Guthmiller, Ipswich, 4-4, and Kyra Marcuson, Warner, 4-4; 7, Hanna Miller, Aberdeen Christian, 4-4; 8, Sophia Hoeft, Warner, 4-2.

Long Jump: 1, Krystal Geier, North Central, 15-3; 2, Olyvia Dwight, Langford Area, 15-2; 3, Kelli Stoecker, Faulkton, 15-1; 4, Gracie Lange, Ipswich, 14-11; 5, Carissa Schwingler, North Central, 13-7; 6, Katie Bierman, Ipswich, 13-4.5; 7, Kyra Marcuson, Warner, 13-2; 8, Chloe Arneson, Frederick, 12-10.

Triple Jump: 1, Krystal Geier, North Central, 32-6.5; 2, Gracie Lange, Ipswich, 30-3.75; 3, Jennifer Aman, Warner, 28-8.5; 4, Carissa Schwingler, North Central, 27-6.5; 5, Katie Bierman, Ipswich, 27-2; 6, Allison Ray, Warner, 26-9.75; 7, Jayda Gisi, Ipswich, 26-4.5.

Pole Vault: 1, Quincy Olivier, Ipswich, 8-3; 2, Kaitlyn Williams, Ipswich, 7-9; 3, Kathryn Kilber, Ipswich, 7-3; 4, Marley Guthmiller, Ipswich, 7-3; 5, Jersey Deibert, Warner, 5-9.

400-Meter Relay: 1, Northwestern (Joclyn Haven, Jessica Boekelheide, Ella Haven, Sydney Schell), :52.19 (meet record); 2, Ipswich, :55.96; 3, Aberdeen Christian, :56.25; 4, Warner, :57.09; 5, North Central, :58.24.

800-Meter Relay: 1, Northwestern (Joclyn Haven, Ashley Haven, Ella Haven, Sydney Schell), 1:50.47 (meet record); 2, Aberdeen Christian, 1:57.57; 3, Ipswich, 1:59.10; 4, North Central, 2:00.82; 5, Faulkton, 2:01.03; 6, Warner, 2:01.63.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Ashley Ptacek, Paige Mehlberg, Hailey Bierman, Emily DeRaad), 4:33.11; 2, Warner, 4:36.65; 3, Faulkton, 4:38.38; 4, Northwestern, 4:42.29; 5, Frederick, 4:55.01.

Sprint Medley Relay: 1, Northwestern (Joclyn Haven, Sydney Schell, Ella Haven, Ashley Haven), 4:32.29 (meet record); 2, Faulkton, 4:46.28; 3, Ipswich, 5:13.29; 4, Warner, 5:24.81; 5, North Central, 5:31.53.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Aberdeen Christian (Kathryn Steger, Grace Steger, Hailey Moeller, Rachel Beaner), 10:56.58; 2, Faulkton, 10:56.64; 3, Ipswich, 11:53.55; Warner, 12:22.55.

BOYS’ DIVISION

Team Points: Ipswich 175, Warner 153, Langford Area 91, Frederick, 72.5, Northwestern 67, North Central 52.5, Faulkton 46, Aberdeen Christian 43, Leola 23.

110-Meter High Hurdles: 1, Zander Widener, Langford Area, :14.86 (meet record); 2, Landon Leidholt, Warner, :15.27; 3, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, :16.25; 4, Hunter Cramer, Warner, :17.24; 5, Colton Mohr, North Central, :17.31; 6, Lance Parks, Ipswich, :18.63; 7, Clayton Dulaney, Warner, :19.64; 8, Lincoln Fortin, Warner, :19.98.

300-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 1, Zander Widener, Langford Area, :39.87 (meet record); 2, Landon Leidholt, Warner, :41.82; 3, Hunter Cramer, Warner, :44.91; 4, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, :45.23; 5, Jace Haven, Northwestern, :45.25; 6, Lance Parks, Ipswich, :47.20; 7, Clayton Dulaney, Warner, :49.21; 8, Preston Martin, Ipswich, :50.06.

100-Meter Dash: 1, Isaac Sumption, Frederick, :11.33; 2, Josh Hoffman, Leola, :11.39; 3, Ty Kadlec, Ipswich, :11.64; 4, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, :11.68; 5, Dylan Owens, Ipswich, :11.70; 6, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, :11.81; 7, Tanner Evans, Warner, :11.91; 8, Jericho King, Frederick, :12.00.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Isaac Sumption, Frederick, :22.86; 2, Zander Widener, Langford Area, :23.13; 3, Alec Maier, North Central, :23.53; 4, Kade Larson, Langford Area, :23.55; 5, Ty Kadlec, Ipswich, :23.61; 6, Josh Hoffman, Leola, :23.70; 7, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, :24.12; 8, Dylan Owens, Ipswich, :24.17.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Alec Maier, North Central, :50.59; 2, Josh Hoffman, Leola, :52.73; 3, Hunter Schipke, Northwestern, :53.27; 4, Mason Hinz, Frederick, :55.11; 5, Raynor Sprague, North Central, :55.32; 6, Ethan Boekelheide, Northwestern, :55.50; 7, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, :55.69; 8, Chase Braun, Warner, :55.72.

800-Meter Run: 1, Alec Maier, North Central, 1:59.38 (meet record); 2, Cody Larson, Warner, 2:00.44; 3, Hunter Schipke, Northwestern, 2:13.25; 4, Kalen Godel, Langford Area, 2:13.77; 5, Alex Sorensen, Faulkton, 2:14.42; 6, Nathan Melius, Northwestern, 2:14.91; 7, Stephen Achen, Frederick, 2:16.56; 8, Maxwell Kulesa, Ipswich, 2:18.25.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Cody Larson, Warner, 4:26.14 (meet record); 2, Hunter Niederbaumer, Faulkton, 4:49.81; 3, Benjamin Wirth, Warner, 5:01.10; 4, Dillon Browning, Warner, 5:01.39; 5, Maxwell Kulesa, Ipswich, 5:04.57; 6, Justin Haven, Northwestern, 5:04.86; 7, Alex Sorensen, Faulkton, 5:11.94; 8, Jesse Keough, Langford Area, 5:15.90.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Cody Larson, Warner, 10:03.82 (meet record); 2, Dillon Browning, Warner, 11:07.75; 3, Dylan Wald, Ipswich, 11:28.03; 4, Milo Sumption, Frederick, 11:34.08; 5, Xavior Kadlec, Ipswich, 11:43.83; 6, Taylor Thorson, Ipswich, 11:55.18; 7, Kayden Hammond, Faulkton, 11:57.04; 8, Dominic Kaderabek, Northwestern, 13:59.75.

Shot Put: 1, Jackson McNeil, Warner, 46-7; 2, Lucas Rowland, Ipswich, 43-7; 3, Hayden Reints, Langford Area, 41-10.5; 4, Jude Ortmeier, Northwestern, 41-8; 5, Eric Severson, Ipswich, 41-6; 6, Zach Geditz, Ipswich, 41-5; 7, Alex Braun, Warner, 41-1.5; 8, Colton Spitzer, Leola, 40-6.

Discus: 1, Jackson McNeil, Warner, 141-5; 2, Hayden Reints, Langford Area, 138-11; 3, Zach Geditz, Ipswich, 133-8; 4, Eric Severson, Ipswich, 131-11; 5, Alex Braun, Warner, 127-3; 6, Jordan Nierman, Ipswich, 119-11; 7, Ethan Morlock, Frederick, 113-7; 8, Cooper Smith, Langford Area, 110-11.

High Jump: 1, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, 5-10; 2, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, 5-10; 3, Chase Braun, Warner, 5-8; 4, Peyton Jung, Warner, 5-4; 5, Quintin Fischbach, Northwestern, 5-2; 6, Timothy Rucker, North Central, 5-2; 7, (tie) Brayden Sumption, Frederick, 5-0, and Spencer Buechler, North Central, 5-0.

Long Jump: 1, Kade Larson, Langford Area, 20-1; 2, Jackson Isakson, Aberdeen Christian, 19-7.5; 3, Trevor Heinz, Ipswich, 19-5; 4, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, 19-3; 5, Abe Kretchman, Aberdeen Christian, 18-6.5; 6, Hans Lapka, Leola, 18-3; 7, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, 18-2; 8, Tanner Frickson, North Central, 18-2.

Triple Jump: 1, Kade Larson, Langford Area, 41-4.25; 2, Colby Sylte, Ipswich, 40-4.5; 3, Peyton Jung, Warner, 37-2.75; 4, Ethan Boekelheide, Northwestern, 37-0.5; 5, Sam Groft, Northwestern, 35-3.5; 6, Timothy Rucker, North Central, 33-11.25; 7, Hayden Crissman, Ipswich, 32-4.5; 8, Preston Martin, Ipswich, 32-3.25.

Pole Vault: 1, Andrew Brennan, Aberdeen Christian, 9-3; 2, Taylor Thorson, Ipswich, 8-3; 3, Alex Pudwill, Warner, 8-3; 4, Rasmus Loken, Ipswich, 7-9; 5, Brody Davis, Ipswich, 7-3; 6, Casey Geditz, Ipswich, 7-3.

400-Meter Relay: 1, Langford Area (Ben Gustafson, Kade Larson, Colin Frey, Zander Widener), :44.86 (meet record); 2, Frederick, :46.09; 3, Ipswich, :46.21; 4, Aberdeen Christian, :46.67; 5, Warner, :47.15; 6, Northwestern, :50.58; 7, North Central, :53.12; 8, Faulkton, :57.17.

800-Meter Relay: 1, Frederick (Wil Nordine, Mason Hinz, Stephen Achen, Isaac Sumption), 1:34.52 (tied meet record); 2, Aberdeen Christian, 1:37.68; 3, Ipswich, 1:37.88; 4, Faulkton, 1:38.76; 5, Warner, 1:39.68; 6, Northwestern, 1:49.48; 7, Warner II, 1:55.46.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Warner (Landon Leidholt, Chase Braun, Benjamin Wirth, Cody Larson), 3:40.33; 2, Ipswich, 3:46.22; 3, Faulkton, 3:48.12; 4, Aberdeen Christian, 3:51.04; 5, Frederick, 3:51.07; 6, Northwestern, 3:51.36; 7, Warner II, 3:54.14; 8, Langford Area, 4:10.38.

Sprint Medley Relay: 1, Faulkton (Leighton Weber, Layne Cotton, Simon Bowar, Hunter Niederbaumer), 3:57.13; 2, Frederick, 4:05.81; 3, North Central, 4:10.52; 4, Langford Area, 4:11.74; 5, Northwestern, 4:13.15; 6, Ipswich, 4:15.51.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Northwestern (Justin Haven, Jace Haven, Nathan Melius, Hunter Schipke), 8:44.74; 2, Faulkton, 9:03.02; 3, Frederick, 9:10.01; 4, Warner, 9:40.47; 5, Ipswich, 9:42.19.

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