Masters captures Class 3A state 400 hurdles title

Monday, May 22, 2006

SLHS boys roll up points at state meet

Logan Masters appears to be topping off his track and field career in a series of highlights, if his performances in the first two days of the state meet are any indication.

Masters took third in the high jump Thursday, and Friday, won the Class 3A state championship in the 400 low hurdles in 54.20 seconds. He beat Washington's John Koehler by .5 seconds.

Junior Alex Spielman added a tenth in the 400 lows in 56.22 seconds.

Also Friday, both Masters and Spielman qualifed for Saturday's 110 high hurdle finals. Masters had the top prelim time of 14.69 seconds, while district champion Spielman had the fourth best prelim time in the field (14.86 seconds).

Thursday's events for Storm Lake started with the high jump, as Masters took on a field of top jumpers, including Fort Madison's Mark Meierotto.

Masters didn't miss until the bar was set a 6 feet, 6 inches. He missed three times at that height, but two jumpers were left.

"Logan had a great day in the high jump," SLHs coach Jeff Brennan said, adding that Masters equaled his career best jump of 6-5. "It was a very tough competition."

Anamosa's Colten Kelly was able to clear 6-6 but missed three times at 6-7. Meierotto, who has a career best leap of 7-1, cleared 6-10, but missed three times at 6-11.

While the high jump competition was still going on, Storm Lake's Lammthong Sounnarath made Saturday's finals in the 100 meter dash. Starting in lane four of the last heat, Sounnarath finished eighth in 11.28 seconds.

In the 400 dash, Masters had a good race, taking fifth in 50.73 seconds. He ran that time in lane 5 of the third preliminary heat. Capturing the 400 was Williamsburg senior Cody Baethke, who won in 49.07 seconds.

In Thursday's 3200 meter run, Storm Lake sophomore Federico Mendoza took 21st in 10:53.66.

In the 200 meter dash, Storm Lake senior Derrick Randall took 15th with a time of 23.44 seconds. Going into Saturday's 200 finals, Williamsburg's Baethke had the top heat time (22.18 seconds).

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