Wildcats open season in Linton
The Center-Stanton Wildcats got one chance to compete last week. They were supposed to get two, but Hazen’s Saturday meet was canceled because of wind. The only meet that the team attended was Linton’s meet on Thursday.
All of the Wildcats teams competed except for the varsity girls. Most of the varsity girls were at a music event so they didn’t enter any female athletes in varsity events. The varsity boys had a strong showing though.
The varsity boys had a great showing, taking fourth place. They had their best results in jumping events. The long and triple jump had four placers each and the high jump had three placers.
The Wildcats got a 2-3-4-5 finish in the long jump. Lane Erhardt led the way, taking second (17-02), Weston Meckle followed (16-02.50), then Logan Staigle (16-01) and Danny Kraft closed out the group at fifth place with a 15 feet, 6 inch jump.
In triple jump the Wildcats went 5-6-7-8. Meckle led the way (34-09), Kraft followed (34-03.50), then Levi Johnson (32-04) and lastly Erhardt in eighth place (31-10.50).
The high jump had three Wildcat placers, with Erhardt leading the way. Erhardt won the event with a jump of 5-04. Staigle was third (5-02) and Danny Kraft was fourth (5-0).
The Wildcats did have some non-jumping placers at the meet though. Meckle placed seventh in the 100 (13.21) and Matt Huber followed at eighth (13.51). Levi Johnson added an eighth place finish in the javelin (94-09).
The Wildcats also placed in one relay, the 400-meter relay. Staigle, Meckle, Huber and Erhardt combined for a third place finish (51.56). The boys finished with 64 points overall in fourth place and the varsity boys’ winner was Linton-HMB with 219 points.
Head coach Jaime Entzi was glad to see his athletes have a good showing in the first meet of the year. Now he just wants to keep working and see where things can go.
“We had a lot of people place and that was good, being the first meet of the year. We’re just trying to get some marks and place and see what happens and go from there,” Entzi said.