In their first meet of the season, the South Tama County Middle School boys track and field teams competed well on their own track on April 16.
The STC seventh grade boys narrowly finished runner-up at its home opener and season debut, while the eighth grade boys placed fifth out of eight teams. The seventh grade team scored 102.5 points, just seven behind Grinnell, who won the meet. Meanwhile, the eighth graders scored 46.3 points as a team. Union won the eighth grade meet with 127 as it just edged out Pella's 126.3 points.
"The night went very well for being the first meet," eighth grade coach Levi Hunerdosse said. "I feel that we had some events that we surprised ourselves in and we have some events that we need to put more time into improving. We were glad to finally get out on the track and compete and I feel that we competed very well in both grades. The eighth grade team doubled its point total from this meet last year and the seventh grade team nearly won the meet if it wasn't for some disqualified relays."
The Trojans had two relays disqualified at the meet.
South Tama's seventh grade squad won four events and placed runner-up in four others. The Trojans won three field events and one relay at the home meet. Mario Moncada won the shot put with a distance of 32-feet, 1.5-inches. Josh Thiessen won the discus with a toss of 101-0 and Nick Ryan jumped 15-0 in the long jump to win the event. Lane Koch also placed second in the discus, throwing it 87-11. STC's shuttle hurdle relay team of Tanner Probasco, Gannon Ferneau, Logun Freese and Thiessen ran a 1:15 to win the relay.
Probasco and Shandon Buffalo finished second in their individual events. Probasco ran a 17.9 in the 100-meter hurdles and Buffalo's time of 28.2 was good enough for second place in the 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, the STC 4x100-meter relay team of Moncada, Ryan, Probasco and Thiessen ran a 56.7 and placed second.
There was a pair of third-place finishes for the Trojans. Freese jumped 14-9.5 in the long jump and placed two spots behind teammate Ryan. The Trojans 4x400-meter relay team of Preston Chyma, Buffalo, Nathan Lasley and Freese ran 4:37.33 to place third. Thiessen (100-meter dash), Dalton Rosenberg (100 hurdles) and Ferneau (shot put) all placed fourth in their individual event.
On the eighth grade side of the meet, Riley Davenport led the Trojans with a second-place finish in the 200-meter hurdles. Davenport ran a 30.0 in the race. The Trojans finished third in three events and fourth in five events. Nathan Weiss threw the discus 110-11 and placed third. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Elias Garcia, Lansin Lacina, Jose Rios and Jayden Hess ran 1:19.56 to finish third, while the distance medley squad of Hess, Mendoza, Weiss and Rosenberger ran a 4:52.7 and placed third.
Individually, Garcia ran 18.2 in the 100 hurdles, Davenport jumped 5-0 in the high jump and ran 1:00.2 in the 400-meter dash to finish fourth in their events. The STC 4x800-meter relay team of Rosenberger, Jarret Morris, Hunter Filloon and Lacina ran a 10:41.51 and finished fourth. The Trojans 4x400 relay also placed fourth in a time of 4:23.33. The team consisted of Davenport, Morris, Lacina and Rosenberger.
The middle school boys teams compete at BCLUW on Friday before hosting the North Iowa Cedar League West Division meet on Tuesday May 7.