Two CHS Records Fall at Hi Covey Relays

Two CHS Records Fall at Hi Covey Relays

Seniors JJ Orput and Dallas Wright broke CHS school records at the prestigious Hi Covey Relays at Ames HS on April 13.  Orput ran 4:27.09 to break his own record (4:28.69 set in 2016) in the 1600m run. Wright ran 53.92 in the 400m hurdles to break Pat Camp's time of 54.16 set in 1992. Congrats to these outstanding student-athletes and their event group coaches- Coach Keeney (hurdlers) and Coach Tilus (distance)- on these awesome accomplishments!  The Cats finished seventh in the team standings behind WDM Valley, Ames, Linn-Mar, Indianola, Cedar Rapids Prairie and Ankeny Centennial, while finishing ahead of Southeast Polk, Waterloo West, IC City High, Marshalltown, Albia and Mason City. 

Top-8 finishes were hard to come by in the loaded field of 13 teams. Orput and Wright finished second in the 1600m run and 110m high hurdles, respectively. Other top finishers for the Wildcats included Max Goodhue with a runner-up finish in the long jump (20'11.75), which is just shy of his career best (21'1) that he set at the RRC meet last May. Wright finished third in the 110m high hurdles in a career best time of 14.7. His time was the third fastest in school history behind former state champions Brian Keeney and Bill Betterton. The shuttle hurdle squad of Drew Black-Nolan Brunsen-Goodhue-Wright ran 58.61 to finish fourth. This combination of boys ranks sixth in CHS history. Riley Derrickson had a career-best jump of 20'0.75 in the long jump to place fifth, while Tommy Donovan finished fifth in the high jump. 
 
Sixth-place finishes went to freshman Kolby Fritz in the 3200m run (10:32.02) and the 800m medley team (Gabe McCaughey-Nate Mortimer-Ben Rowray-Cutler Palar). The 1600m medley team (McCaughey-Mortimer-Rowray-Collin Lister) also finished sixth in a season-best time of 3:50.75.  Max Goodhue finished seventh in the 400m hurdles while Drew Black finished eighth in the 110m high hurdles in a career best 15.39. Black's time puts him at eighth all-time at CHS. Derrickson finished eighth in the 400m dash (54.8), while the 4x800m relay team of Hunter Snyder-Ethan Reed-Josh Felger-Jon Flaws also finished eighth.
 
There was also a JV portion (certain events) at the Hi Covey Relays where the Wildcats found some success. Ethan Wright finished third in the high jump matching his career best at 5'10". Dane Wright was right behind at 5'8" to finish fourth. The JV shuttle hurdle team of Ethan Wright-Trenton Beck-Josh Black-Bryce Murray also finished fourth as did Cole Henderson in the 200m dash (24.08). Beck finished sixth in the 110m high hurdles with a career best run of 16.83, while teammate Josh Black finished immediately behind in seventh. Black also ran a career best time of 16.84.  Jonny Flaws finished sixth in the JV 1600 in 5:05.56.  Vaughn Gibson finished seventh in the JV shot put (40'1.75") as did Cooper Schettler in the JV discus (105'4.5).  The 4x800m relay team of Devin Egenberger-Ben Kooker-Tristen Kessler-Kyle Miller placed seventh as did the 1600m medley relay team of Dane Wright-Jace Vollstedt-Zach Phillips-Nate Norton.  Rounding out the scoring was the 4x200m relay team of Grady Laughlin-Tegan Wyckoff-Bryce Murray-Conner Smith with their eighth-place finish.
 
Notes from Coach Fletcher: "We are very fortunate to get asked to compete in the Hi Covey Relays with 11 4A schools. The depth of competition we saw will only help to improve our kids and their ability to perform well at meets moving forward, including the Drake Relays and the state meet.  To see Dallas and JJ break school records was very special. Those two young men have worked extremely hard to get to where they are and are great ambassadors for our program and our school district."
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