ARMSTRONG — Armstrong-Ringsted boys track coach Tom Elliott was looking for ways to catch up to Clay Central-Everly in the Cornbelt Conference race. But it was North Sentral Kossuth that stepped up to deny the Mustangs a fourth straight conference title.
The Eagles finished first with 143 points while A-R did beat CCE for second, 124 to 122.
“We moved some people around, but we hadn’t seen some of the other conference teams,” said Elliott. “Corwith (Wesley-Luverne) took some points away from us in the hurdles. But North Sentral Kossuth ran strong.”
The Mustangs had five first-place finishes with Tyler Tonderum having a hand in three of them.
The sophomore speedster won the 100-meter dash in 11.35 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.25 seconds. He also anchored the winning 4×200-meter relay team of Morton Vermehren, Brett Tigges and Travis Hantelman to a time of 1:37.45.
Tonderum also anchored the 4×100 team of Vermehren, Tigges,and Dillion McBride, which finished in 46.60, but finished a hundredth of a second behind NSK.
A-R’s distance medley tam of Logan Anderson, Hantelman, Ridge Christiansen and Vermehren also won with a time of 4:05.38.
Spencer Taylor had the team’s other top finish as he won the 800-meter run in 2:13.93. He also had a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5 3/4 inches.
A-R went 2-3 in the 400-meter hurdles with McBride clocking in at 1:01.34 and Ethan Eisenbacher in 1:02.81.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of McBride, Brett Tigges, Craig Tigges and Eisenbacher also was second in 1:02.86.
Hantelman and Brett Tigges went 2-3 in the high jump with both leaping 5 feet, 10 inches.
Eisenbacher added a third-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.37 seconds.
Also third was the 4×800-meter relay team of Vermehren, Taylor, Joe Brandenburg and Kevin Luke in 9:6.48.
In th 3200-meter run, Craig Tigges finished fourth in 12:00.89 with Elliot Kinnander fifth in 12:15.74.
Craig Tigges also was fifth in the discus with a toss of 118 feet, 1 inch.
The Mustangs 4×400-meter relay team of McBride, Taylor, Christiansen and Eisenbacher placed fourth in 4:00.32.
Hantelman finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in 24.30 seconds.
Rounding out the team scoring, CWL was fourth with 57 points followed by Ventura with 41, woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka with 38, West Bend-Mallard/Twin River Valley with 23, Ruthven-Ayrshire with nine and Graettinger/Terril with one point.