Boys’ track teams gear up for outdoor season
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The outdoor track season is approaching for boys’ high school track teams all across the state of Iowa, and much like the girls’ teams, the boys are looking to indoor competitions to help them prepare for the outdoor season. Waukee begins its outdoor season on March 27 at home, Woodward-Granger begins its outdoor season on March 31 in Jefferson, while Van Meter also begins on March 31 in Earlham. Dallas Center-Grimes starts its outdoor season on April 3 in Indianola and Adel-De Soto- Minburn starts on April 5 at Winterset.
With these meets approaching, A-D-M, Waukee and Woodward-Granger competed at the ISU High School Classic on Tuesday.
Waukee coach Brent Heitland said that the indoor season is a time for the Warriors where they don’t worry about times or placement before the season begins.
“We try to get guys races,” Heitland said. “It’s better than practice… They get a chance to compete a little bit, maybe put them in some events that normally they wouldn’t see. Just get the opportunity to get out on the track and knock the rust off a little bit and get ready for the outdoor season.”
Even though Heitland said he doesn’t worry about times and placements at this kind of event, they still have goals for the competitors.
“We tell them we just want to see them be competitive,” Heitland said. “We’re not worried about how they finish the race in terms of being in shape or not, because they’re not in shape to run fast yet, but we just want to see them compete, do a lot of the little things right technique wise and then we kind of go from there.”
The Warriors had many top-10 finishes at the ISU High School Classic on Tuesday. Corbin Lowe got second in the 400 meter run, Noah Larrison got fourth in the 60 meter hurdles, Jared Brdicko got seventh in the 60 meter hurdles, Andrew Cutler tied for seventh in the high jump, Erik Nelson finished seventh in the shot put and then the team finished first in the 4x100 meter relay, second in the 4x400 meter relay, ninth in the 4x800 meter relay and second in the 1,600 sprint medley.
A-D-M coach Mike Whisner said that a lot of the Tigers’ runners weren’t in winter sports and started practicing on Feb. 17, the first legal practice date in the state of Iowa, but those that did participate in winter sports started practicing last week.
“This gives them an opportunity to run and get some times, see where they’re at,” Whisner said. “The guys that just started, this is kind of a first-time out for them, so this gives them an opportunity.”
Whisner said that they use that event to judge where they want to be when the outdoor season comes around.
“We kind of take what we’re getting now, after next Friday we’ll kind of say ‘okay, here’s where we’re at, where do we want to be in the middle of April, where do we want to be for conference, for Drake and those kinds of things. We just kind of set it up based on what we do in the indoor.”
A-D-M’s Tate Jensen finished 13th in the 60 meter hurdles, Jacob West finished seventh in the high jump and Jesse Bennett finished third in the shot put. As a team, the Tigers finished 45th in the 4x100 meter relay and 40th in the 1,600 sprint medley.
Woodward-Granger’s Race Brant finished 43rd in the 400 meter run and Mason Burkhart finished 46th in the shot put. As a team the Hawks finished 24th in the 4x100 meter relay, 22nd in the 4x400 meter relay, 36th in the 4x800 meter relay and 48th in the 1,600 meter sprint medley.