With the sun shining and the temps near 70 degrees it was a beautiful and windy night for the first outdoor track meet of the season. Both STC boys and girls track teams competed in the Benton Community Parents Invitational Early Bird Track Meet. Boys teams in attendance included Alburnett, Benton, Belle Plaine, Grinnell and Valley Lutheran. Girls teams in attendance included Alburnett, Benton, Grinnell, South Tama, Valley Lutheran and Waterloo Christian.
"For the first outdoor meet we as coaches felt the team did a great job in not only battling the opposition but withstanding the brutal winds that faced everyone all night", said Coach George Corum.
While times might not have been season best for the STC girls team they ended the meet with several first place finishes. Taylor Ellenbecker got things going for the STC girls with a first place finish in the 3000m run with a time of 12:28:09. The girls shuttle hurdle relay team made up of Lauren Yuska, Allison Yuska, Alana Vest, and Julie Wise also captured first place with their time of 1:16:92.
Dylan Kalinay ran the 110 M Hurdles on Monday March 31 at the Benton Parents Invitational. Kalinay took first place beating other competitors and teammates Peyton Rutledge and Justin Suchanek.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
Another first place finish for the lady Trojans was in the Distance Medley Relay. Brittany Bear, Kiley Culbertson, Regina Balderas and Jensen Vodochodsky finished well ahead of the field with a time of 5:03.8. Benton Community would take second place with a 5:10.50 finish. STC dominated the 400 M Dash with Allison Yuska taking first place at 1:05.79 and Madie Bacon taking second with a time of 1:08.87.
Sonya Peters, Minnie Climer, Courtney Anderson and Kiley Culbertson found the top spot in the 4x200 M Relay at 2:01.30. Second place in the 100 M Hurdles went to Lauren Yuska at a time of 19.16 with Vest just behind her in third at 19.96. Julie Wise took fourth in the same event with a time of 20.17.
Moving to the field events, senior Sam Holtz grabbed another first place finish with throw of 34'07" while teammate Tieranny Keahna took second place with her 31'07" toss. A couple of throwers we haven't seen yet this season are Serena Lowe who finished fifth at 29'0". Also following in her sisters footsteps was freshman Sabrina Holtz, who finished within the top 10 at eighth place with a throw of 26'08". In girls high jump Bacon finished third with a jump of 4'06". "It really wasn't a meet for great times although the team did establish five new PR's, but it became a meet where how you finished in each event was crucial to the overall outcome", said Coach Corum.
The STC boys track team also found success Monday night. Sophomore Blake Keller, who has impressed his coaches so far this season, led much of the 3200 M Run and finished second at 11:04.39 to Mason Doty of Grinnell who finished first at 11:02.00. In the 100 M Dash Tyler Blocker finished second at 12.72. South Tama took first in the boys 4x200 M Relay. Dylan Kalinay continued to dominate in the 110 M hurdles with a first place finish of 16.34. Keller found himself another second place finish in the 1600 M Run with a time of 5:15.89. "Blake really ran well at this meet with his two second place finishes but in the end, I think he would have traded them for the wins. He really is going to be fun to watch in the future this year. He is so much stronger than a year ago and he will continue to grow. If we don't wear him out, he should be a contender come districts and state", said Coach George Kuhter
For field events Peyton Rutledge took third in the high jump at 5'08". "Again, I was impressed with underclassmen. Peyton Rutledge and Blake Keller came up with some great points and some good performances in the wind. I wish they could be more patient but we all will learn that patience comes with experience", stated Kuhter. Finally, with the first outdoor meet of the season came discus event. First place went to Ian Slagle with a throw of 123'05.50".
Due to incoming weather the meet was called with eight events left to compete. "Some of the remaining events were some of our stronger events (for the girls team) so it would have been nice to see how it would play out. When our team puts themselves in a position to run with track teams like Grinnell and Benton you know they have been pushing themselves to become better," said Corum.
Both STC boys and girls teams certainly challenged themselves as they both were leading in team points when the meet was called. Both the boys and girls teams will take their talents to Knoxville on Saturday April 5th for the Knoxville Invitational Meet. Events are scheduled to begin at 11 A.M. Go Trojans!