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Knoxville meet canceled; STC track teams compete at Norwalk

April 13, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Sports Editor (jimmy@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

After having Saturrday's meet at Knoxville canceled for weather, the South Tama County boys and girls track and field teams came back to compete at Norwalk on Monday.

The STC boys finished runner-up as a team with 111.5 points to Norwalk, who won with 126 points. The Trojan girls squad tied for fifth place out of eight teams. They scored 57 points, while Norwalk won with 133.

" I think that this was a bit of a let down for us," STC boys coach George Kuhter said. "This is the main reason we don't like Monday meets, especially when the kids don't have school. We had a much needed day off on Saturday and it showed as we came out rusty in our first few events. The main core of guys, Kyle, Brady, Clay and Brody did a good job, but it seemed everyone else was a bit flat."

The STC boys won four individual events and three relays. Brady Ellenbecker won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs on Monday. He won the 800 in a time of 2:07.84 and the 1,600 in 4:43.75.

Kyle Stephenson brought home gold in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.28 seconds. Brody Boldt won the 200-meter dash for the Trojans. He ran 23.68 to win a close race.

The Trojans won the 400-, 800- and 3,200-meter relays as a team on Monday.

"The wind was terrible but I am not going to use any excuses," Kuhter said. "Our high jumpers actually handled it the best and scored some good points. Zach Morris is getting comfortable and Grant Koch is starting to come around in the event. The 4x100, 4x200, qnd the 4x800 continue to provide us with solid points and the guys that make up those relays really are doing a good job. Good solid kids.

"We did though, leave a bunch of points out in space," he said. "There were too many events where we just did not score. Coach T and I are reconfiguring the line up so that we have kids that can score points. Come conference time, if we leave those points on the table and someone else picks them up it means the difference between a conference win and fourth place."

On the girls side, Samantha Holtz and Riley Craun each won a field event. Holtz won the discus with a toss of 109 feet. Craun won the long jump with a mark of 14-2.75.

The Trojans are back in action on Friday for the girls and Saturday for the boys.

 
 

 

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