STC track ramps up in Newton

NEWS CHRONICLE PHOTO Trojan senior Cade Rosenberger makes a strong move to take the lead in the 400 leg of the distance medley relay.
NEWS CHRONICLE PHOTO STC seniors Tommy Tyynismaa and James Brant both lead the competition in the 1600 meter run. Tyynismaa and Brant would go on to finish 1-2 in this race.

NEWTON — It was a beautiful day for track and field last Thursday night as the Trojans took the trip to H. A. Lynn stadium in Newton. As the regular season is quickly coming to a close, this meet, which is filled with tough competition, serves as a good test to help get athletes closer to their postseason aspirations.

STC was able to rack up a majority of their points in the distance events on this night. First, in the 3200 meter race, sophomore Barrett Jesina placed sixth with a personal best time of 10:27.85. Following close behind was senior Holden Schirmer, who also clocked in a personal best time of 10:37.23 for ninth place. Next in the 800 meter dash, senior Cade Rosenberger ran a time of 2:07.60 for fifth place, while senior Braxten Rohrs placed ninth with a time of 2:12.07. But the biggest performance of the night for the Trojans was in the 1600 meter dash as the senior duo of Tommy Tyynismaa and James Brant went 1-2 overall. Tyynismaa finished with a time of 4:29.86, and Brant clocked in 4:34.61.

In the relays, the distance medley team of Graybeal, Etzen, Rosenberger, and Rohrs combined for a time of 3:54.52, which placed them fourth overall in a competitive field. As the meet came to a close, the 4×400 squad of Tyynismaa, Schirmer, Brant, and Jesina placed fifth with a finishing time of 3:47.79.

In the field events, the Trojans were able to rack up some valuable points. In the long jump, junior Tyrus Clegg continued his impressive season with a jump of 19.08 feet, which placed him fourth overall. Sophomore Tim Chandonia placed sixth in a stacked shot put competition with a throw of 43.09 feet. In the end, STC finished sixth overall out of 14 teams with 42 points. The Trojans hit the track again on April 23 at home as they looked to win this meet for the second year in a row.