Chaffee boys relay teams capture two state championships

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Chaffee junior Jordan Yahn runs the final leg of the state champion 1,600-meter relay during Saturday's Class 1 state track meet in Jefferson City, Mo. (CHRIS AUCKLEY ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian)

Chaffee junior Zac Dannenmueller admitted to added pressure as he prepared for the 1,600-meter relay at Saturday's Class 1 state track and field meet.

The added pressure surfaced when senior Andy Terhune gave up his spot on the 1,600 relay in favor of Dannenmueller.

"I felt kind of bad for him, but I knew I could run faster," Dannenmueller said. "I was determined to run a lot faster to get first place for him."

The 1,600 relay was one of two Chaffee relay teams to capture a state title Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

"We won the 4x4, and we couldn't have done it without Andy Terhune, who didn't even run," Chaffee coach Tyson Moyers said. "He willingly gave up his spot for Dannenmueller to run on it. Dannenmueller was hurt the first month of the season and just is getting into shape."

Oran senior Haley Glastetter competes during the Class 1 state track meet Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. She placed fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Terhune said giving up his spot for Dannenmueller was an easy decision.

"Dannenmueller is just a lot faster than I am," Terhune said. "It was just better for the team. I knew if we wanted to get first, I'd have to have him run for me."

It was a decision Moyers praised.

"He said, 'Coach, whatever's best for the team. If Dannenmueller is better than me, run him,'" Moyers said. "That was selfless. He's all about team. He wants to help the team win."

Mike Rutherford, Jordan Yahn and Jason Cicardi joined Dannenmueller on the 1,600 relay. Yahn, who ran the anchor leg, needed to make a pass to earn the state crown.

Chaffee senior Jason Cicardi competes during the Class 1 state track meet Saturday in Jefferson City, Mo.

"He was in first and we got the baton on the last leg and the guy from Valle passed him, and about 150 left, he passed the Valle kid to win it," Moyers said about Yahn.

The Red Devils team of Tyson Estes, Cicardi, Dannenmueller and Yahn also won the state title in the 800 relay.

"It felt pretty good," Dannenmueller said about the two state titles. "I just went out, ran the race and tried my best."

Chaffee added a second-place finish in the 3,200 relay. It finished in 8 minutes, 19.36 seconds, more than 8 seconds better than Humansville's third-place time of 8:27.87. But Valle Catholic won the event in 8:13.74.

"Valle ran an unbelievable time today," Moyers said. "There's no shame in losing to that. We've talked about all year long we thought 8:20 would win it and we ran 8:19, so our kids ran their best splits. They ran a smart race, a good race. They were just a little better than us."

The Chaffee 1,600-meter relay team of Zac Dannenmueller, from left, Jason Cicardi, Mike Rutherford and Jordan Yahn celebrates with its championship plaque Saturday at the Class 1 state meet in Jefferson City, Mo. (CHRIS AUCKLEY ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian)

Cicardi, Rutherford, Terhune and Yahn competed in the 3,200 relay.

Chaffee's final relay, the 400, took fourth. Cicardi, Dannenmueller, Estes and Terhune competed on that team.

"I wanted to win all four," Cicardi said. "The 4x8 we came up second but we ran the best time we ever ran by a lot and we could not run any faster, so I'm not disappointed in that one. The 4x1, we also ran probably the best time we've ever had. There really wasn't much more we could do, but I'm still a little disappointed."

Rutherford, who admitted earlier in the week that he has a love-hate relationship with running, said he started celebrating the state titles as soon as he got on the bus.

"I'm already drinking soda now," he said. "I popped open a Mountain Dew Live Wire once I got on the bus. I can finally drink soda without [Moyers] whining."

Chaffee sophomore Ellie Sigman competes in the 200 meters during Saturday's Class 1 state track meet in Jefferson City, Mo. (CHRIS AUCKLEY ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian)

Yahn added an eighth-place finish in the 400.

The Red Devils finished seventh in the team standings with 34 points. Valle Catholic won the title with 63.5 points.

"We didn't score as well as we'd have liked to team wise, but hey, you walk away with two state titles in relays and one fourth and one second, that's a pretty good day," Moyers said.

Oran's Haley Glastetter earned all-state honors with a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles. She crossed the line in 48.75.

BOYS

Chaffee senior Andy Terhune competes Saturday during the Class 1 state track meet in Jefferson City, Mo. (CHRIS AUCKLEY ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian)

Top 10 teams -- 1. Valle Catholic 63.50; 2. Wheaton 43; 3. Wellington-Napoleon 42; 4. Princeton 39; 5. Concordia 37; 6. Orrick 36; 7. Chaffee 34; 8. Stanberry 32; 9. DeKalb 30; 10. Stewartsville 22

3,200 relay -- 2. Chaffee (Michael Rutherford, Andy Terhune, Jason Cicardi, Jordan Yahn), 8:19.36

800 relay -- 1. Chaffee (Tyson Estes, Cicardi, Dannenmueller, Yahn), 1:34.22

400 relay -- 4. Chaffee (Dannenmueller, Terhune, Cicardi, Estes), 45.67

400 -- 8. Jordan Yahn, jr., Chaffee, 53.31

1,600 relay -- 1. Chaffee (Rutherford, Dannenmueller, Cicardi, Yahn), 3:33.88

GIRLS

Finals

Long jump -- 9. Ellie Sigman, so., Chaffee, 15-4

200 -- 10. Sigman, Chaffee, 27.13

300 hurdles -- 4. Haley Glastetter, sr., Oran, 48.75

Preliminaries

100 hurdles -- 14. Glastetter, Oran, 23.40

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