Former teacher, coach and athletic director, Steve Ehret, would have been pleased with the effort of the North Mahaska April 8 at the co-ed invitational which bears his name. Ehret, who is recovering from knee surgery, retired at the end of the school year after nearly 40 years. The North Mahaska Co-ed Invitational changed its name this year to honor the long-time support of the Warhawks.
Ehret, who coached boys track, would have been pleased as the Warhawks placed second in the team race with 138 points. North Mahaska girls placed fourth with 89.33. Pella Christian boys and Montezuma girls won the team titles.
The boys scored double scores in seven of the 15 events in which they scored. They scored second and third in three individual events. Dylan Klinker and Sean Knockel were second and third in the 200 meters in 24.15 and 24.31 seconds respectively. Knockel and Matthew Goemaat repeated the feat in the 400. Knockel was second in 54.7 and Goemaat finished in 58.23. Goemaat also picked up a fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.7.
Lane Harmon and Nate Sampson duplicated the finish in the 3,200. Harmon finished in 11:29.12 and Sampson ran 12:04.91. Harmon and Anthony Goemaat teamed for a third and fifth in the 800. Harmon finished in 2:21.07 while Goemaat came in at 2:24.31.
Brayden Veiseth and Sampson also scored twice in the 1,600. Veiseth was fourth with a time of 5:26.99 and Sampson finished sixth in 5:38.64.
Gage Vander Voort was the runnerup in the shot with a put of 35-feet 4.5-inches. Trace Goemaat took fourth with a throw of 33.0 feet. Ty Kelderman and Nolan Andersen added a double with Kelderman throwing the discus 95-03 and Andersen with a toss of 88-01. Grant Smith captured the lone individual win with a leap of 19-01 in the long jump.
NM picked up a win and two runnerup spots in the relays. Klinker, Chase Grandia, Harmon and Anthony Goemaat topped the field in the distance medley with a run of 4:06.9. Klinker, Smith, Matthew Goemaat and Sean Knockel were second in the sprint medley in 1:41.20. Harmon, Smith, Matthew Goemaat and Knockel took second in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 3:40.37.
Klinker, Grandia, Andy Knockel and Smith placed third in the 800 meter relay in 1:39.63. A fourth place finish in the 3,200 relay was scored by Anthony Goemaat, Andy Knockel, Veiseth and Sampson. They covered the course in 9:48.55. Andersen, Grandia, Andy Knockel and Kelderman placed sixth in the 400 relay in 49.95.
The girls picked up a pair of wins at the Steve Ehret Relays. Maddie McKay took the title in the 100 hurdles in 17.51 and teammate Zoe Deucore was fourth in 18.42. The distance medley team of Deucore, McKay, Kaia Munger and Carlie Scholtus were first in 5:07.19.
Addie Schilling finished in a tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 4-4. Lexi Van Utrecht was second in the 400 meters in 1:10.22 and Jessica Castaneda placed eighth in 1:18.46. Munger, who normally runs the 200, placed third in the 100 in 14.74. McKay added a fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14-2.25.
Deucore, Kaitlyn Van Donselaar, Jalayna Shipley and McKay captured a runnerup spot in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:18.29
Van Utrecht, Schilling, Castaneda and Scholtus ran fourth in the 1600 relay in 5:01.48. Scholtus, Shipley, Castaneda and Schilling took fourth in the 3,200 relay in 12:16.22. Van Donselaar, Munger, Scholtus and Van Utrecht took fifth in the sprint medley in 2:10.38.
The 400-meter relay team of Deucore, Munger, Shipley and Van Donselaar placed fifth in 59.25. A seventh place time of 31.44 was posted by Van Utrecht in the 200 meters. Shipley took seventh in the 400 hurdles in 1:29.27.
Team scores from Steve Ehret Relays
Boys: 1. Pella Christian 181, 2. North Mahaska 138, 3. HLV 116, 4. Sigourney 82, 5. Iowa Valley 65, 6. BGM 54, 7. Montezuma, 8. Tri-County 4.
Girls: 1. Montezuma 153, 2. Colfax-Mingo 113.83, 3. Pella Christian 110, 4. North Mahaska 89.33, 5. Sigourney 82, 6. Tri-County 65, 7. BGM 63.5, 8. Iowa Valley 36.33.