Track teams debut on sunny Friday

Carter Anderson pushes all 5’6” of his body over the high hurdles for a first place finish. (Terry Simmons photos)

After nearly a week of rainy, cold weather and a postponement for a day, the Albia boys and girls track teams got to open their season Friday in a non-team scoring meet with Clarke, Pekin, Centerville, Moravia and Twin Cedars.

The stands were full as moms and dads celebrated the return of spring sports after losing last season to the COVID-19 virus and everyone was rewarded with a cool, but sunny afternoon.

“It was a great night to kick off the season,” said Coach Todd Ratliff. “ I thought as a team we really put out a great effort. There were lots of bright spots on the evening. We saw some things pay off that we have been working on, and were able to gather times to assist us with what we need to do next to prepare for the season.

“A big thank you to all of the volunteers that helped out at the track meet.  It was a tremendous night of coming together for kids,” he added.

The highlight of the night came in the boys hurdle events where Carter Anderson won the high hurdles in a time of 17.27 and CJ Ratliff finished third in 17:91 and Ratliff won the 400 hurdles in 59.41 and Anderson finished third in 63.67. Logan Stalzer, running hard for the first time all season after rehabbing an early hip injury, blew up the field in the 100-meter dash, winning in a time of 11.72. Chaz Fee was fifth in 12.61. Stalzer was also second in the 400 meter dash in 55.47.

The boys 4x800 meter relay of Ethan Stalzer, Chris McDonald, Joseph Pistek and D. Thomas finished second in 9:33.29. The distance medley relay (Beckwith, McDonald, Pistek, Ethan Stalzer) finished second in 4:08.64. The 4x100-meter relay (Beckwith, Thompson, Throckmorton, Flattery) was second in 50.17. the 4x400 meter relay (Ratliff, E. Stalzer, McDonald, Pistek) was second in 59.61.

The Lady Dees missed out on any first place finishes, but had several second place finishes led by senior Danica Workman. Workman was second in the 100 meter dash in 13.78, was second in the 200-meter dash in 29.08. Emma Martin finished second in the 400-meter dash in 72.07. The 4x400 meter relay of Sayler Rozenboom, Avery Major, Ellie Martin and Allie Major finished second in 4:51.68 and the distance medley relay of Makenna Cronin, Ellie Martin, Avery Major and Juliana Brown finished second in 5:05.54.

Other girls results

Spring Medley Relay (Workman, Maia Paxton, Juliana Brown, Rozenboom), third, 2:10.25 and (Sydney Hoskins, Janelle Clark, Clara Gonzalez), Emma Martin, fifth, 2:17.29; Shuttle hurdle relay, third, 1:27.79 (Sophia Hopkins, Emma Wenger, Ashley Beary, Jenna Gronewold); 400-meter dash, Allie Major, third, 72:48; Brooke Smith, fifth, 79.51; 4x200 relay (Rozenboom, Beary Gronewold, Wenger) third, 2:10.65; 800 meter run, Emma Martin, fourth, 3:01.64, Smith, fifth, 3:03.19; 200-meter dash, Brown, third, 31.74; 1500 meter run, Smith, fourth, 6:04.33; 4x100 meter relay (Workman, Paxton, Beary, Rozenboom), third, 58.16; High jump, Gronewold, fourth, 4’4”; Long jump, Gronewold, fourth, 13’6”.

In the shot put, Albia did not place, but Paige Kaster led the way with a throw of 24’10”…left-handed. Kaster broke her throwing hand a week ago, but competed anyway, throwing left-handed.

Other boys results

Long jump, Wyatt Throckmorton, fourth, 16’2”;  Shot put, Drew chance, fifth, 39’5”; Sprint medley relay (Wyatt Beckwith, Bode Thompson, Throckmorton, CJ Flattery), fourth, 1:53.28; 3200-meter run, Grant Wilson, third, 11:58.17; 4x200 meter relay (Beckwith, Thompson, Throckmorton, Flattery, third, 1:47.38; 4x200-meter relay (Shaw, Thomas, Sample, Keegel) fourth, 2:12.01; 1600-meter run, Wilson, fourth, 5:48.27.

The teams will compete on Tuesday (today) at Pekin.