The Blue Demon track team won the team completion at the Charger Relays on Tuesday night in Chariton. Albia scored 200 points followed by Chariton (150), Interstate 35 (114), Clarke County (105), Pella JV (70), and Creston (30). “We had a great night weather wise, and the young men responded very well. We usually do not go into meets planning on winning the team title. We focus on getting better each night we have the opportunity to compete. This meet, we decided that we wanted to try to double up in every event by concentrating on opens, and see if we could still run some fast relay times. We were fortunate enough to score in every event, and double scored in every open running event,” said Coach Darren Hill.
In the individual races Drew Winke won the open 100m dash (11.52) and Logan Stalzer placed fourth (11.84). Winke also won the 200m dash (23.25) and Stalzer took second (23.67). Nick Heffron won the 400m dash (52.64) and Nathan Parks took third (55.85). Brock Ratliff placed third in the 800m run (2:13.11) and Parks placed fourth (2:15.76). Brock Ratliff also placed third in the 1600m run (5:12.96) and Dawson Bonnett placed fourth (5:22.04).Brock Ratliff won the 3200m run (10:42.33) followed by Dawson Bonnett (11:21). Carter Anderson won the 110m hurdles (17.53) and C.J. Ratliff placed fourth (20.04). C.J. Ratliff finished second in the 400m hurdles (1:10.66) and Anderson placed third (1:03.21).
Albia won four of the relays on the night. The 4x100 team (Drew Winke, Logan Stalzer, Beau Leshen and Gage Wilson) placed second in 45.90. The 4x200 team (Drew Winke, Logan Stalzer, Beau Leshen, Nick Heffron) placed first in 1:33.23. The 4x400 team (Drew Winke, Logan Stalzer, Nick Heffron, Beau Leshen) placed first in 3:34.22. The 4x800 team (Dawson Bonnett, Brock Ratliff, Gavin McMurray, Jaylon Cox) placed fourth in 10:21.62. The sprint medley team (Logan Stalzer, Gage Wilson, Beau Leshen, Drew Winke) won the race in 1:40.92. The distance medley team (Nick Heffron, Blake Stewart, Nathan Parks, Brock Ratliff) placed second in 4:05.52. The shuttle hurdle relay team (CJ Ratliff, Doug Flattery, Carter Anderson, Damon Sovern) placed second in 1:08.77.
In the field events Blake Stewart and C.J. Ratliff tied for fifth in the high jump (5’2”), Nathan Crall placed third in the long jump (19’02”) and Gage Wilson took fifth (18’05.5”). Beau Leshen placed eighth in the shot put (34’02.5”) and Jer McAninch ninth (34’). Doug Flattery took fourth in the discus (104’08.5).
“We had 15 all time best, or personal best times from this group,” said Coach Hill, “and the hard work and dedication that they are putting in to their workouts gave them the results during the meet. Joe Myers in the disc, CJ Ratliff in the high jump and 400 hurdles, Nick Heffron in the sprint med, Brock Ratliff in the 2 mile and 800, Dawson Bonnett in the 2 mile and mile, Gavin McMurray in the 4x8, Cody Dalman in the 4x8 and D Med, Zach DeMoss in the D Med, Nathan Parks in the 400 and 800, and Carter Anderson in the 400 hurdles. These nights do not come around very often, and when they do, it is enjoyable to watch, and celebrate with them. I am very proud of them, and the coaching staff that puts them in positions to be their best.”
The Blue Demons meet Clarke County Invitational in Osceola was canceled on Thursday.