By Allison Graham
Hunter Filloon takes off against the wind at the Osky Relays on Saturday April 12.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
OSKALOOSA - It was a very windy battle for the South Tama Trojans as they competed at the 87th annual Osky Relays. The relays were held on Saturday April 12. The Trojans competed in Class A against Centerville, Newton, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella and Williamsburg.
The Trojans had a very busy week with track meets. On Saturday April 5 the boys participated in the Knoxville Relays. Then on Tuesday April 8 there was a co-ed meet at home. Thursday April 10 the boys found themselves winning the Grundy Center meet. "This was the end of a very long week. There were a lot of things going on today and we were missing some key components to our line up but that is not going to happen for the rest of the season. Four meets in a week is a ton of running but we did get through it very well", said coach George Kuhter.
"We did have some new guys in the line up for this meet and they came through in the clutch like they always seem to do. Dylan ran well again but these guys who were at Osky today are good teams that we will not see again until later in the season where we will use them as a measuring stick as progress towards districts and conference", state Kuhter.
Dylan Kalinay who has been blowing away his competition had a slight fumble on the 110 Hurdles at Osky. "Dylan ran the hurdles well but hit the last one and his times, everybody's times into a strong headwind were pretty impressive. Tyler Blocker continues to be very steady and with his relay leadership we are getting some good results. Robert Tyynismaa was solid again and a bit disappointed with his times and he just continues to get better. Blake Keller was sick all week and we finally had to shut him down with sore legs and a congested head", said Kuhter.
"Overall, I would give the week about a B+. We did win two of the meets but come May, we are going to have to learn how to tough it out and come up with that 'heart of a champion' if we want to get another conference win. We will see what the coming weeks bring but I know we will be ready for it whatever it is", finished Kuhter.
RESULTS - Shot Put: 11 - Hala 31'01.75"; Discus: 6 - Hala 112'03"; Long Jump: Suchanek 16'07.50"; High Jump: 7 - Rutledge 5'04"; 4x800 M Relay: 5 - Tyynismaa, Filloon, Maas, Morris 9:29.31; 3200 M Run: 4 - Keller 10:56.59; 4x110 M Shuttle Hurdle: 5 - Kajer, Beyer, Suchanek, Maas 1:11.05; 100 M Dash: 1 - Kalinay 11.79, 2 - Blocker 12.27; 400 M Dash: 5 - Tyynismaa 56.21, 8 - Beyer 57.81; 4x200 M Relay: 3 - Blocker, Clark, Maas, Morris 1:38; 110 M Hurdles: 2 - Kalinay 15.90, 8 - Kajer 20.34; 1600 M Run: 9 - Filloon 5:31.53; 200 M Dash: 7 - Kalinay 24.46; 9 - Blocker 25.06; 400 M Hurdles: 9 - Beyer 1:06.47, 10 - Rutledge 1:14.51; Distance Medley: 5 - Suchanek, Clark, Maas, Morris 4:19.61; 800 M Run: 6 - Tyynismaa 2:20.38; 4x100 M Relay: 3 - Blocker, Clark Suchanek, Kalinay 45.55; 4x400 M Relay: 6 - Beyer, Morris, Tyynismaa, Keller 4:21.18 Team Scores in Class A: 1. Pella 132, 2. Oskaloosa 114, 3. Williamsburg 112, 4. Centerville 70, 5. South Tama 53, 6. Newton 45, 7. Ottumwa 31