Dallas Center-Grimes hosted the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet on Tuesday. The winner of both the boys’ and girls’ track and field competitions was Pella. DC-G boys and girls finished runner up.
On the boys’ side, Pella accumulated 183 points to DC-G’s 163. For the girls, Pella racked up 190 points, and the Fillies earned 137.5.
The Mustangs’ Jared Bravard was the victor in the 1600-meter run, finishing in four minutes, 44.47 seconds.
DC-G performed well in the relays. The Mustangs pulled off wins in the 4x200-meter, 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays with times of 1:33.71, 3:33.24 and 8:27.55, respectively.
DC-G’s boys also won the 440-meter shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:00.38, besting Pella by nearly two seconds.
Mustangs coach Jon Means said the team is still developing, and the older kids have shown leadership.
"We have a program and a plan that we stick to, and we always stay with that," Means said. "We’ve got some more experienced kids this year than we’ve had in the past, so that’s really helped us."
With 16 seniors performing well and underclassmen making strides, Means expects the team to be performing at its very best as the season winds down.
"I would say we’re a little bit ahead of schedule from what I expect, but you’re only measured by your last couple meets, so that’s what’s going to tell," Means said.
Rancy Freeman scored a second-place finish for the Mustangs in the 100-meter dash. His time of 11.31 was a season best. Freeman also placed second in the 200-meter dash, achieving another season-low time with 23.21.
Cal Bertrand ran well in the 400-meter hurdles, coming in second with a time of 57.18.
Wyatt Croushore earned a fourth-place spot in the discus. His distance was 123 feet, eight inches.
DC-G had two second-place finishes in the jumping contests. Damon Clapper recorded 5-10 in the high jump, and Trey Washington notched 21-01 in the long jump.
For the girls, Tatum Jorgensen finished on top in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.93.
In the 3000-meter run, the Fillies’ Lexi Smith placed first with a mark of 11:24.41. Her time was more than five seconds better than the nearest competitor.
Fillies coach Rich Kloster said the team is really balanced this year and its goal is to peak at the end of the season.
"I’m really pleased with where we’ve gotten to. Coming into this year, we had record numbers of girls," Kloster said. "The goal was to have a really well-rounded, balanced team, and I feel we’ve kind of done that."
The Fillies had several second-place finishes in the relay races. DC-G finished runner up to Pella in the 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter, 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays.
The 800-meter sprint medley relay and 1600-meter distance medley relay were similar. The Fillies ran well but finished just behind Pella.
Kloster said DC-G will be looking to identify events where the team can qualify and place in state competition.
Abby Weddle earned a third-place spot in the 200-meter dash. Her time was 27.53.
Addie Dannewitz scored some points for the Fillies by finishing second in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:17.83.
Maci Masching turned out a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, recording a time of 16.34.
"We have a senior, Maci Masching, who is running her best times of the year in hurdles." Kloster said. "We have a junior, Tatum Jorgensen, who is kind of our ringleader in 400s. We’ve had some really good depth in relays."
Both the boys and girls are in action again on Thursday, May 5. The Mustangs will be in North Polk, and the Fillies will travel to Norwalk.