The outdoor track season is just around the corner for girls’ track teams in Dallas County. The Waukee girls’ track team begins their outdoor season on March 25 at home, the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn girls’ track team, Dallas Center-Grimes and Woodward-Granger are set to begin their outdoor season on April 31 with a meet at Dallas Center-Grimes,
With the season so close, the teams are looking to indoor competitions to help them prepare. A-D-M, Waukee and Woodward-Granger participated in the ISU Indoor High School Classic at Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Tuesday.
Waukee coach Jesse Hunt said that the event helps them get ready for the outdoor season in a couple of different ways.
“The fact that it’s a 300-meter track and we’ve got some of the best competition in the state at this particular event,” Hunt said. “Quite honestly, it’s nice to see where we’re kind of shaping up.”
The Warriors had top-10 finishes in a lot of the events at Iowa State. Talia Buss got third out of 108 in the 60 meter dash, Amy Wieland got eighth in the 800 meter run, Rachael Brush got 10th in the 1500 meter run and ninth in the 3000 meter run, Danielle Modrell got 10th in the 60 meter hurdles, Lauren Nelson got fifth in the high jump and Caroline Slaughter got fourth in the shot put.
Waukee also got second in the 4x100 meter relay, third in the 4x400 meter relay, 10th in the 4x800 meter relay and second in the 800 meter sprint medley.
“When we come here we know we’re going to be able to stretch out legs out a little bit more, being that it’s a bigger track,” Hunt said. “Outdoor season is just around the corner and feeling like the girls are starting to shake out the rust and making sure that we feel confident enough that we’re going to be able to take out some outdoor meets that might not necessarily be in the nice 65-degree indoor temperature.”
There were some events at the event in Ames that were unique to indoor meets.
“At least the sprint medley will be run outside unlike the 60s and the 60 hurdles which are very unique to indoors. We won’t see those again, except for at Central (Pella),” A-D-M coach Bart Mueller said.
In the outdoor season they fun 55 meter dashes and hurdles.
“The other element indoors is the curves are tighter,” Mueller said.
With spring break this week, many of the girls from the teams that competed were missing as they are on vacations and doing other activities during their week off of school.
“We have two of our top quarter milers gone, our top 200 (meter) runner is on a mission trip in Oklahoma,” Mueller said.
The Tigers had three top-10 finishes in events in Ames. Brianna Mueller finished fifth in the 800 meter run, Madi Bertman finished ninth in the long jump and A-D-M finished 10th in the 800 sprint medley.
Woodward-Granger finished 36th and 81st in the 4x100 meter relay, 45th in the 4x400 meter relay, and 22nd in the 800 sprint medley.