The South Tama County boys' indoor track and field season continued in Pella as they competed March 16 in the Central College boys high school indoor meet. With unlimited entries, it made for a great opportunity to get everyone some experience, and head coach George Kuhter made use of it.
"Everybody has run a race, or thrown something, or jumped something. I'm pretty pleased with how we're doing."
Kyle Stephenson and Sam Kuhter got things off on the right foot for the Trojans by placing 3rd and 4th out of 44 competitors with jumps of 19' 6" and 19' 5", respectively. Tyler Blocker finished with a jump of 16' 5.25".
South Tama's Brady Ellenbecker moves up around some runners in the 3200 meter run March 16 at Central College. Ellenbecker finished 9th in the 3200 and 5th in the 1600 meter run at the indoor meet in Pella.
South Tama's best finisher in the shot put was Ian Slagle with a heave of 40' 5" for 21st out of 124 throwers. Also competing were Garrett Hoskey (37' 4.5"), Tyler Martens (33' 6"), Adam Glendy (30' 8"), Jacob Herriott (29' 10.5"), Noah Bearden (29' 0.5"), and Dwayne Johnson (25' 8").
Grant Koch was STC's lone high jumper. He finished with a best jump of 5' 6" in 18th place.
Trojan two-miler, Brady Ellenbecker, finished the 3200 M run in eleven minutes even, good enough for 9th place out of 27 runners.
Two Trojan sprinters qualified for the finals of the 55 M dash after surviving the prelims made up of 226 competitors. Brody Boldt finished 8th overall in a final time of 6.60 seconds, while teammate Kyle Stephenson was right behind in 6.61 for 9th.
Other Trojans in the 55 M dash were Tyler Blocker (6.91), Bo Blocker (6.95), Aaron Buffington (7.01), Hoskey (7.07), Ryan Kasal (7.10), Tristan Beyer (7.10), Austin Lowe (7.18), Bearden (7.51), Koch (7.68), Glendy (7.72), Johnson (8.09), Herriott (8.35), and Slagle (8.50).
Finishing 19th in the 55 M hurdles was Dylan Kalinay with a time of 8.70. Daryl Bidwell (9.72) and Andrew Kajer (9.80) also ran the 55 highs.
The 4x800 M relay (Robert Tyynismaa, Brad Cecak, Martens, Clay Waterbury) finished with a 9:08.01 for 7th out of 25 teams.
Ellenbecker returned for the 1600 M run and clocked a 4:58.53 to finish 5th in the field of 59 runners. James Norton and Surrell Youngbear both turned in a 5:18.69 for a tie for 22nd. Drew Belton (5:43.12) and Jesse Evans (5:45.62) rounded out the STC miler contingent.
The 4x200 M relay is already under 1:40, going 1:39.78 and finishing in 6th place out of 48 relays.
Cecak's 53.91 was the 5th best 400 M run time of the night among 85 quarter-milers. Also running were Waterbury (58.09), Tyynismaa (59.30), Kyle Llewelyn (59.77), Martens (61.30), Beyer (61.54), and Houstyn Phinney (71.20).
Boldt continued to sprint well, finishing in 9th place out of 167 runners in the 200 M dash with a time of 24.35. Other Trojans in the mix were Stephenson (25.81), Lowe (25.82), T. Blocker (26.40), B. Blocker (26.40), Bidwell 26.62), Kasal (27.15), Hoskey (27.37), Buffington (27.60), Bearden (27.99), Llewelyn 28.29, Koch (28.81), Glendy (28.95), Johnson (29.95), Herriott (30.52), and Phinney (30.91).
Waterbury finished the 800 M run in a time of 2:14.22 for 12th overall. Ellenbecker's time of 2:15.58 was good enough for 16th, and Cecak finished right behind in 18th, turning in a time of 2:18.62. Youngbear (2:33.13), Belton (2:35.01), Evans (2:35.84) and Norton (2:38.65) were also among the 78 half-milers.
South Tama's 4x400 M relay was 21st out of 31 teams with a time of 4:10.63.
"We've got a few things to work on and that's what we used the meet for," said Kuhter. "We're basically trying to figure out exactly what we need to do, what is our next step going to be. This gives us a good idea what we need to improve on."
South Tama ran in the Dickensen Relays March 19 to close out their indoor season before heading to Washington today for their first outdoor meet.