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Trojan boy/girls track teams finish third at home meet

April 5, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A Drake qualification, six first place finishes, nine second placed finishes and one third place finish for the boys and girls track teams was a great way to represent on their home track.

Keith Keahna jumped 6'6 in the high jump which earned him first place as well as a qualification to the Drake Relays later this month. The boys 4x200 including Payton Vest, Drake Crawford, Jesus Wanatee-Romero and Keith Keahna resulted in a first place finish. The quartet also took first in the sprint medley and second in the 4x100. Vest also had a second place finish in the long jump. Crawford also had a second place finish in the boys 100 Meter Dash.

The Trojans finished third as a team with 78 points. Center Point Urbana won the boys meet with 174 points and BCLUW took second with 128 points. Other team results included Newton in 4th (64), East Marshall in 5th (46), GMG in 6th (45) and Oelwein in 7th (38).

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Payton Vest took second place in the Long Jump at the STC Early Bird meet on Tuesday, April 2.
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"Overall I'm happy with our performance. We were down about five guys because of play rehearsal, but we still scored a lot of team points. Keith Keahna and Drake Crawford have been excellent leaders for us, and they proved it last night. I'm excited for what the rest of the season has in store for us," said coach Danny Mayo.

The South Tama girls team also finished in 3rd place as a team behind 1st place Center Point-Urbana with 134 points and Newton in 2nd with 108 points. Other team results included East Marshall in 4th (88.5), BCLUW in 5th (67), Ankeny in 6th (39), Oelwein in 7th (36.5) and GMG in 8th (9).

The girls Distance Medley relay team including Gracie Vest, Morgan Haughey, Caitlyn Stochl and Alyssa Chyma took first as did the girls shuttle hurdle relay including Ashton Graham, Caitlyn Stochl, Stacey Slaven and Jojo Tyynismaa. Jojo Tyynismaa finished second in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Alyssa Chyma finished third in the 800 meter run. The 4x200 relay of Gracie Vest, Stacey Slaven, Shelby Slaven and Emma Backen took second. Also the sprint medley relay team including Shelby Slaven, Gracie Vest, Ashton Graham and Jojo Tyynismaa took second. For field events Stacey Slaven took first in the High Jump with a jump of 5'0 and Graham took second in long jump with a jump of 15'0.5". Morgan Haughey took second with a jump of 4'10.

"The girls really competed very tough on their home oval. We got some key points and a first place finish from the Distance Medley team of Gracie Vest, Shelby Slaven, Caitlyn Stochl and Alyssa Chyma. Along with numerous personal records and season bests. Jojo Tyynismaa's time in the 100 m hurdles set a new school record and she will be on the hunt for a Drake qualification, " said coach Levi Hunerdosse.



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