The South Tama County boys track and field team opened up their indoor season March 13 at the ISU Boys' High School Classic. Over 70 teams from all parts of the state and from all classes competed together at what is for most teams the first meet of the season.
"Had a good start. Pretty proud of the things we've been working on," said head coach George Kuhter.
South Tama's sprinters finished well in the 60 M dash. Brody Boldt and Kyle Stephenson tied for 37th out of 213, both of them recording 7.50 in separate heats. Zach Morris turned in a 7.89 for 142nd overall.
eading into the final 300 meters of his anchor leg in the 4x800 M relay is South Tama's Clay Waterbury. The relay's time of 8:57.10 gave the Trojans 24th out of 59 relays March 13 at the ISU Boys' Classic.
In the 400 M dash, Sam Kuhter finished with 56.06, good enough for 64th out of 144 competitors. Tyler Martens clocked a 60.65 for 118th.
South Tama's best finish came in the 1600 M run where Brady Ellenbecker finished 16th out of 124 runners with a time of 4:40.08. In 61st was Brandon Nelson in 5:10.73.
Nelson also ran the 3200 M run. His time of 10:57.05 was good enough for 45th out of 102 competitors. Sophomore Surrell Youngbear finished in 69th with a time of 11:30.02.
Dylan Kalinay cruised through the 60 M highs with a time of 9:07, good enough for 26th in a field of 125. Daryl Bidwell finished with 11:50.
South Tama's 4x100 finished 21st out of 89 "A" and "B" relays. The quartet of Boldt, Kalinay, Morris and Stephenson finished in a time of 46.30.
The 4x400 relay of Clay Waterbury, Brad Cecak, Kuhter and Robert Tyynismaa finished in 3:59.05 for 56th.
South Tama's 4x800 clocked an 8:57.10, good enough for 24th out of 59 relays. Running the four-by-eight were Tyynismaa, Martens, Cecak and Waterbury. Coach Kuhter was pleased to see it come in under 9 minutes commenting, "Our four-by-eight got a good start. We're where we need to be."
The Trojan 1600 medley finished 38th out of 68 teams. Turning in a time of 4:02.22 were Bidwell, Kuhter, Morris and Stephenson.
South Tama competed in just one field event, the long jump. Finishing 28th out of 103 jumpers was Morris with a jump of 19' 0.25". Kuhter's best jump was 18' 6.5", good enough for 42nd.
"We improved at the long jump. Zach Morris is off to a good start," noted Kuhter.
"The kids are seeing that the drills and the stuff we're doing are paying off and they're starting to do things well."
There were no team scores kept.
South Tama travelled to Pella for an indoor invitational March 16, followed by the Dickensen Relays March 19. The boys open the outdoor season March 23 at Washington followed by an off week.
"We've got an off-week, we'll train hard, and do the best we can," said Kuhter.