Knight girls, Wolverine boys win Corner Conference track titles

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

TABOR - Fremont-Mills’ five year reign as Corner Conference champions has come to an end.


East Mills got five gold medal performances from Nick Pittmon and edged the Knights 136 to 120 to win the school’s first ever conference title last Tuesday in Tabor.

“Everything that needed to go our way, went our way,” said East Mills coach Claude Lang. “The kids are excited. This was one of their goals coming in.”

Pittmon, last year’s Class 1A state champion in the 200-meters, won four gold medals in Tabor, winning the 100 and 200-meters and the long jump and running the anchor leg on the gold medal winning 4x200-meter relays.

But it was the Wolverines’ depth that proved the difference, said Lang.
“I knew coming in I had eight or nine people I could put in relays I was confident in,” he said. “Those are guys I know will have good handoffs and run well and have the ability to win our conference. It allowed us to move guys around. We had Nick (Pittmon) run the 4x200 and (Travis) Tupper run the 4x100 and they still can do the individual events. It’s nice to have.”

The Knights’ hung with the Wolverines for most of the meet but they couldn’t match East Mills’ success  in the relays.

East Mills won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays and placed second in the shuttle hurdle, fourth in the 4x800 and sixth in the distance medley.

Tupper, who was second in the 200, won the 400 and anchored the 4x100-meter relay that won gold.

Heading into the conference meet, Lang had a good idea where his points were coming from. But that didn’t mean he chalked the meet against the five time defending champions.

“I knew if we wanted to upset Fremont-Mills in a few things we were going to have a chance,” Lang said.

Michael Story placing second in the shot and a disqualification and an injury allowed the Wolverines’ to place a better than expected  second in the shuttle hurdle relay.

For the Knights, Kevin Herrick won the 400-meter hurdles and the high jump and added a silver medal in the 400-meter run. Clayton Wilson added a gold in the 110-meter hurdles and a silver in the long jump.

Spencer Phillips won the discus and the Knights’ shuttle hurdle relay team had the top time at 1:05.70.

The Fremont-Mills’ girls ran away with their conference title, racking up 148 teams points to surpass runner up Stanton’s 98 points.

Sophomore Kelsey Hurley was a star for the Knights throughout the meet, winning the 100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, the high jump and running legs on the Knights’ 4x400-meter relay.

Fremont-Mills also got gold from Macy Williams in the 800-meters and from its 4x400-meter relay team.

East Mills’ top place winner was Kendra Croghan, who placed fourth in the 100-meter dash in 14.34. The Wolverines added a fourth place showing in the 4x200-meter relay and a fifth place showing in the distance medley relay.

Corner Conference Meet
Boys Team Results
    1. East Mills, 136. 2. Fremont-Mills, 120. 3. Sidney, 85. 4. Clarinda Academy, 61. 5. South Page, 38. 6. (tie) Villisca, Stanton, 30. 8. Essex, 26. 9. Nishnabotna, 22. 10. Heartland Christian, 7.

East Mills Boys Top Place Winners
    100m dash – first place, Nick Pittmon, 11.15.
    200m dash – first place, Nick Pittmon, 23.23.
    400m dash – first place, Travis Tupper, 52.06.
    110m hurdles – second place, Sam Rew, 18.27.
    800m run – fifth place, Jacob Schafer, 2:19.74.
    3200m run – third place, Tanner Formhals, 11:22.77.
    400m hurdles – second place, Michael Story, 59.76.
    Discus – fourth place, Colton Story, 103’ 9”.
    Long jump – first place, Nick Pittmon, 20’ 8”.
    4x100m relay – first place, East Mills, 47.28.
    4x200m relay – first place, East Mills, 1:36.98.
    4x400m relay – first place, East Mills, 3:40.42.
    4x800m relay – fourth place, East Mills, 9:30.91.
    Shuttle hurdle relay – second place, East Mills, 1:12.23.
    Distance medley relay – sixth place, East Mills, 4:20.98.

Fremont-Mills Top Place Winners
    400m dash – second place, Kevin Herrick, 52.67.
    110m hurdles – first place, Clayton Wilson, 16.47.
    1600m run – fifth place, Jason Rusten, 5:12.53.
    3200m run – second place, Rusten, 11:13.35.
    400m hurdles – first place, Kevin Herrick, 58.0.
    Discus – first place, Spencer Phillips, 132’ 8”.
    High jump – first place, Herrick, 5’ 11”.
    Long jump – Clayton Wilson, 19’ 3.25”.
    Shuttle hurdle relay – first place, Fremont-Mills, 1:05.70.
    Distance medley relay – sixth place, Fremont-Mills, 4:20.98.
Girls Team Results
    1. Fremont-Mills, 148. 2. Stanton 98. 3. Villisca, 93. 4. Sidney, 77. 5. (tie) Nishnabotna, Essex, 57. 7. Heartland Christian, 34. 8. East Mills, 12. 9. South Page, 3. 10. Clarinda Academy, 2.

East Mills Girls Top Place Winners
    100m dash – fourth place, Kendra Croghan, 14.34.
    4x200m relay – fourth place, East Mills, 2:03.07.
    Distance medley relay – fifth place, East Mills, 6:53.52.

Fremont-Mills Girls Top Place Winners
    100m dash – first place, Kelsey Hurley, 13.60.
    200m dash – first place, Hurley, 28.10.
    400m dash – first place, Hurley, 1:02.69.
    800m run – first place, Macy Williams, 2:34.71.
    100m hurdles – second place, Taryn Williams, 17.84.
    400m hurdles – third place, Kalyn Madison, 1:13.06.
    High jump – first place, Hurley, 5’.
    Long jump – T. Williams, 14’ 10.75”.
    Shot put – sixth place, Adrienne Alexander, 31’ 10”.
    4x200m relay – second place, Fremont-Mills, 2:00.29.
    4x400m relay – first place, Fremont-Mills, 4:36.23.
    4x800m relay – fourth place, Fremont-Mills, 12:24.39.
    Shuttle hurdle relay – second place, Fremont-Mills, 1:13.58.
    Sprint medley relay – third place, Fremont-Mills, 2:04.01.
    Distance medley relay – third place, Fremont-Mills, 5:02.43.