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Relay teams propel Hanson to Flyer invite boys team championship

Hanson four of five relays to capture the Flyer Invitational boys team championship Thursday.

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Hanson's Hadley Wallace edges Canistota's Noah Kleinsasser at the finish line to win the 4x200 relay at the Flyer Invitational on Thursday, April 22 in Freeman. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

FREEMAN — Hanson won four of five relays to capture the Flyer Invitational boys team championship Thursday.

The Beavers racked up 97 points, edging Freeman Academy/Marion’s 91 points. Canistota was third (72), Viborg-Hurley (71) was fourth and Menno rounded out the top-five with 67 points in the 16-team field.

Hanson’s foursome of Ethan Cheeseman, Luke Haiar, Kade Waldera and Hadley Wallace nipped Canistota by 0.13 seconds to win the 4x200 relay in 1 minute, 37.19 seconds. Isaac Tuschen, Haiar, Wallace and Justin Bartscher won the 4x400 relay in 3 minutes, 46.60 seconds and Tuschen, Jackson Jarding, Sutton Dewald and Thailan Hallman won the 4x800 relay in 8 minutes, 51.40 seconds, edging Freeman Academy/Marion by 0.44 seconds. Waldera, Wallace, Tuschen and Hallman also took the boys distance medley in 3:51.14.

Hayden Bahmuller also won the discus with a throw of 154 feet and was second in the shot put (43 feet, 11 inches), behind Bridgewater-Emery’s Lucas Mentele’s 44 feet, 11 inches.

Freeman’s Collin Helma won the 100-meter dash (11.33 seconds) and the 400 (51.37 seconds), while finishing second in the 200 (22.91) to Viborg-Hurley’s Angel Johnson, who set a new meet record with a time of 22.03 seconds. Helma was also part of the Flyer 4x100 relay team with Evan Scharberg, Tate Sorensen and Justin Wollman that set a new meet record with a time of 45.76 seconds.

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Canistota’s Josiah Schroeder won the 1,600 in 4:57.67 and William Ortman won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches. Menno’s Brady Fergen won the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches) and Tyler Massey won the triple jump (39 feet, 10 1/4 inches).

FAM’s Titus Roesler set a new meet record in the 3,200 meters, racing to a win in 10:02.19, while Mitchell Christian’s Nathanael Anderberg won the 800 in 2:13.97.

Colman-Egan cruised to the girls team title with 131 points, while Parker was second with 106 points and Menno was third with 97.5 points. Irene-Wakonda was fourth (79.5) and Freeman was fifth (73).

Menno’s Morgan Edelman won the 800 (2:36.16) and the pole vault (9 feet). Meanwhile, Raygen Diede won the shot put (34 feet, 11 inches) and the discus (120 feet, 9 inches). Jesse Munkvold won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.35 seconds, winning by more than a second for the Wolves.

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Menno's Jesse Munkvold clears a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles at the Flyer Invitational on Thursday, April 22 in Freeman. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

FAM’s Jada Koerner won the 1,600 in 5:46.88, while also anchoring the girls distance medley relay — which included Alivea Weber, Zenovia Butler and Estelle Waltner — that won with a time of 4:43.06. Howard’s Emma Neises won the 3,200 (12:58.76) and Hanson’s Annalyse Weber won the triple jump (33 feet, 1 3/4 inches).

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