TRACK AND FIELD: School records power Rams at indoor championships in Ames
By Brandon Hurley
Several school records fell last week as the track season begins heating up.
The annual Iowa Association of Track Coaches indoor state championships were held March 10-11 on the Iowa State University campus.
The Greene County boys certainly made a statement on March 11.
The lightning-quick 4-by-60-meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Richard Daugherty, Nathan Black, Bryce Stalder and Jackson Morton set the indoor school record with a time of 34.90 seconds, which earned a silver medal. Spirit Lake came away with the event title, edging the Rams with a time of 33.94 seconds.
Morton broke his own school record he set a week prior in the individual 60-meter high hurdles, finishing second with a time of 8.43 seconds. Spirit Lake’s Jack Latham, the 2021 Class 2A 110-meter hurdle defending state champion, snatched first place in Ames with a time of 8.15 seconds.
Stalder finished sixth in the long jump with a top leap of 19-11 while Black placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 5-08.
The Rams’ 4-by-400-meter relay squad of Camden Strennen, Black, Morton and Daugherty finished sixth with a time of 3:40.02. GC’s 4-by-100 meter relay of Daniel Rivera, Strennen, Jose Velazco and Jesse Miller finished eighth (46.16).
Additionally, Greene County’s 4-by-800-meter relay of Noah Hinote, Brenner Gallagher, Jayden Carstensen and Ethan Larsen shattered their own Greene County indoor record they set a week earlier by five seconds, finishing ninth with a time of 9:25.12.
The Rams placed seventh overall in the Class 2A division, scoring 26 points. In all, 28 teams were in competition. Underwood captured the title by edging out Spirit Lake with 62 points, while the Indians scored 60 points. Mediapolis (42 points), Dike-New Hartford (40) and Des Moines Christian (39) rounded out the top five. AC/GC finished sixth ahead of Greene County with 31 points.
“I was very happy with everyone’s efforts,” Greene County head coach Chad Morton said. “It was a great event to find out where we are at and the things we need to improve on.”
Girls powered by relays
The Greene County girls track and field team was in action at the IATC indoor championships a day prior, March 10 in Ames. The Rams were led by several encouraging relay performances. The 4-by-100-meter relay squad of Olivia Shannon, Katrina Heupel, Alexa Peters, and Natalie Heupel finished sixth in the Class 2A division with a time of 54.42 seconds.
Kingsley-Pierson’s quartet won the event title with a time of 51.72 seconds.
The 4-by-400-meter relay squad of Katrina Heupel, Kamryn Sanders, Olivia Shannon and Natalie Heupel also placed sixth with a time of 4:33.39. Kingsley-Pierson also captured the 4-by-400-meter title with a top time of 4:21.17.
Rylan Sigler finished 13th in the 400-meter dash (1:10.96) while Peters came in 15th with a time of 1:11.74. Emma Hoyle placed 18th in the girls shot put with a top throw of 27-06.5.
Greene County finished 24th as a team with six points. Only 14 events were scored. Kingsley-Pierson won the meet title with 64 points, out-lasting Williamsburg (58), Clear Lake (52), Mid-Prairie (46) and Sibley-Ocheyedan (37).
The Ram track and field teams are in action again this week at the co-ed Buena Vista University Invite Saturday in Storm Lake. Greene County’s first outdoor home meet is set for March 28 in Jefferson.