Perry track teams compete at North Polk Relays

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Keegan Pfau runs in the 3200 at the Davis Relays earlier this season. Pfau won the 800 and was second in the 3200 Tuesday at the North Polk Co-ed Relays, setting new personal-best times in both events.

ALLEMAN — Numerous personal and season-best efforts served as the highlights Tuesday when Perry visited North Polk for the Comet Co-ed Relays.

Both team races came down to the final race, the 4×400. On the girls side, Indianola finished third and North Polk fourth as the Indians edged the Comets, 127.5-126 for the team win while on the boys side it was Gilbert placing first and North Polk fourth to allow the Tigers to steal a 154.5-148.5 victory.

Perry was fifth with 66.5 points in the boys competition and placed seventh in the girls meet with 56 points.

“I thought the boys competed well overall,” Perry boys head coach Ben Coy said. “There were eight personal records and our shuttle hurdle team ran their best time of the year. This is the time of the season where we want to start seeing our times jump and the last two meets we have been seeing that happen.”

Keegan Pfau won the 800 in a personal mark of 2 minutes, 2.86 seconds after having dropped 20 seconds off his previous best while finishing second in the 3200 in 10:02.05.

“He ran his race and did not let others set the tempo,” Coy said of Pfau. “He took control and that was good to see and then he did the same thing in the 800, where he broke his old mark by three seconds.”

Marcus Meri was just .02 from his best time after placing fifth int he 400 in 53.46.

“The next step for Marcus is being able to come back and duplicate that time int he 4×400,” Coy remarked. “I though Nic Fellom ran well in the 100 and 200 and set a personal record in the 200 in 24.87 while running good splits in the 4×100 and 4×200. Reece Dunlap also set a PB in the 100 with a 11.75 (fifth place).”

Dane McCarty, Alex Long and Zachary and Jacob Thompson were third in the 4×800 (8:58.11), with Dunlap, Meri, Adan Medina and Scott James fourth in the 4×400 (3:41.12) while Fellom, Medina, Eli Saemisch and Nic Wilhelmi crossed fifth in the 4×200 in 1:38.59.

Perry was fifth in the medley relay in 4:02.34 and sixth in the shuttle hurdle in 1:07.4, with Wilhelmi, Dunlap, James and Cole Chance running the former and Wilhelmi, Daniel Cole, Blake Jans and Keegan Wolfe the later.

James also scored for Perry in the high jump by placing second after clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.

Although not scoring, the Jays had PBs from Chacne (5:06.97) and Zachary Thompson (5:19.6) in the 1600 and from Gage Welch in the long jump (17’2-1/4).

“There are definitely pieces to work with, so now we need to figure out where we want to plug some of those pieces into the puzzle come Saturday at the conference meet and May 12 at the State Qualifying Meet,” Coy concluded. “We need to have a good week of practice next week and pay attention to some of the little things such as out starts, form, how we run our cuts and work on handoffs and then hopefully we can lower a few more times.”

Johanna Diw sprints through the turn in the 200 dash at the Davis Relays. Diw was third in the 200 at the North Polk Co-ed Relays Tuesday in 28.18 seconds.
Johanna Diw sprints through the turn in the 200 dash at the Davis Relays. Diw was third in the 200 at the North Polk Co-ed Relays Tuesday in 28.18 seconds.

Johanna Diw was third for the Jayettes in the 200 in 29.18 seconds and ran a season-best 1:04.68 while placing fourth in the 400. Although not scoring, Emma Olejniczak had a season-best time of 1:06.32 in the 200.

Sidney Vancil ran a season-best 2:36.9 for fourth place in the 800 and later joined Olejniczak, Breanna Penenger and Haileigh Kenyon for third in the 4×800 in a season-best 10:41.82, with Diw, Vancil, Kenyon and Olejniczak fifth in — yes, a season-best — clocking of 4:28.36 in the 4×400.

Grace Stewart and Leah Reuter placed 2-3 in the 3000 in 12:15.3 and 12:31.6, respectively, with Isabel Saemisch, Claire Marburger, Taylor Lathrum and Amy Marckres sixth, in 2:11.85, in the sprint medley.

Taylor Lathrum competes in the shot put at the Davis Relays earlier this season. Lathrum set a personal-best heave of 34 feet and 1 inch at the North Polk Coed Relays Tuesday.
Taylor Lathrum competes in the shot put at the Davis Relays earlier this season. Lathrum set a personal-best heave of 34 feet and 1 inch at the North Polk Coed Relays Tuesday.

Lathrum continued her steady improvement in the shot put by resetting her personal mark in the shot put with a push of 34’1.

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NORTH POLK COED RELAYS

at Alleman, May 5

Boys Team Standings – 1. Gilbert, 154.5; 2. North Polk, 148.5; 3. Indianola, 110.5; 4. Ballard, 92; 5. Perry, 66.5; 6. PCM, 53; 7. West Marshall, 48; 8. South Hamilton, 20.

Individual Results (Perry placers only)

HIGH JUMP – 2. James, 6’2.

4×800 – 3. PRY (McCarty, Z. Thompson, J. Thompson, Long), 8:58.11.

3200 – 2. Pfau, 10:02.05.

SHUTTLE HURDLE – 6. PRY (Wilhelmi, Cole, Jans, Wolfe), 1:07.4.

100 DASH – 5. Dunlap, 11.75.

400 DASH – 5. Meri, 53.46.

4×200 – 5. PRY (Wilhelmi, Fellom, Medina, Saemisch), 1:38.59.

1600 MEDLEY – 5. PRY (Wilhelmi, Dunlap, James, Chance), 4:02.34.

800 RUN – 1. Pfau, 2:02.86.

4×400 – 4. PRY (Dunlap, Meri, Medina, James), 3:41.12.

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Girls Team Standings – 1. Indianola, 127.5; 2. North Polk, 126; 3. PCM. 117; 4. Gilbert, 106; 5. South Hamilton, 70; 6. Saydel, 69.5; 7. Perry, 56; 8. Carroll, 46.

Individual Results (Perry placers only)

SHOT PUT – 5. Lathrum, 34’1.

3000 RUN – 2. Stewart, 12:15.3; 3. Reuter, 12:31.6.

4×800 – 3. PRY (Olejniczak, Penenger, Kenyon, Vancil), 10:41.82.

400 DASH – 4. Diw, 1:04.68.

800 RUN – 4. Vancil, 2:36.9.

200 DASH – 3. Diw, 28.18.

SPRINT MEDLEY – 6. PRY (Saemisch, Marburger, Lathrum, Marckres), 2:11.85.

4×400 – 5. PRY (Diw, Vancil, Kenyon, Olejniczak), 4:28.36.

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