Ram track teams compete at conference meet
By SUE RIEDER
The Greene County girls and boys track teams placed second and fifth respectively in the Heart of Iowa Conference meet on May 11. The weather conditions were not conducive to breaking records, and the field was very competitive as usual. The girls lost to powerhouse Gilbert 136.5 to 126.5. The Rams had four first place finishes, three seconds, and multiple place winners in five individual events, but the Tiger’s strength in the distance and middle distance races was a little too much for the Rams to overcome. First place finishes for Greene County’s girls were Hannah Onken in the discus (121’ 6”) (PR), Olivia Hansen in the 200 meter dash (:26.96), Nadia Fisher in the high jump (5’ 0”), and the sprint medley relay of Mollie Sorber, Emma Saddoris, Emily Christensen, and Olivia Hansen (1:54.22). Second place finishes were Saddoris in the long jump (15’ 9.5”), the shuttle hurdle relay of Sorber, Fisher, Sarah Sandage, and Eme Johnson (1:10.09), and the 4 x 200 meter relay of Hannah Stein, Saddoris, Christensen, and Hansen (1:51.57). The girl’s squad earned points in all nineteen events.
Other team scores were Roland-Story 99, PCM 85, CMB 70, North Polk 70, Saydel 52, Nevada 46, South Hamilton 36, and Colfax-Mingo 14. “We had a good meet and made a good run at the conference title,” said Coach Kelly Simpson. “Gilbert ran their best kids, and we just didn’t have quite enough at the end. I feel that we are in a good position for our state qualifying meet on Thursday.”
The Ram boys tied Nevada for fifth place with 60 points. The squad did not win any events but got second place finishes from Alex Rasmussen in the shot put (47’ 3”), Rasmussen in the discus (152’ 4”), and the 4 x 100 meter relay with Dylan McConnell, Dalton Weber, Dylan Hamilton, and Max Neese (:45.35). Third place finishers were Daric Whipple in the 400 hurdles (:57.36) (PR), Neese in the 100 meter dash (:11.63), the 4 x 200 meter relay with McConnell, Weber, Hamilton, and Neese (1:36.02), and the shuttle hurdle relay of McConnell, Joe Doran, Whipple, and Tyler Beger (1:01.34).
The Gilbert boys won five events, were second in five more, and scored 153 points to win the boys division. Other boys scores not previously mentioned were CMB 122, Saydel 105, North Polk 85, PCM 40.5, Roland-Story 37.5, South Hamilton 24, and Colfax-Mingo 13.