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Waukee boys’ prepare for outdoor season

Clint Cole • DCN A Waukee high jumper misses a jump at the ISU High School Classic at Lied Recreation Center in Ames on Tuesday. The Warriors begin the outdoor season on March 27 at home.Buy Photo
Clint Cole • DCN A Waukee high jumper misses a jump at the ISU High School Classic at Lied Recreation Center in Ames on Tuesday. The Warriors begin the outdoor season on March 27 at home.

The preseason is behind them and the outdoor meets are in the books. The Waukee boys’ track team will begin its outdoor season at home on March 27 as they will host a meet with Southeast Polk, Urbandale, Dowling Catholic, Des Moines East, Boone, Dallas Center-Grimes and Ankeny Centennial.

Going into the outdoor season, Waukee coach Brent Heitland said the Warriors are balanced, and he feels that that is their strength this season.

“I think we can cover every event,” Heitland said. “We can be competitive in every event and run well and do well in the field. Our depth is our strength as a whole, which I think will help us throughout the year.”

With spring break this week and many of the boys on the team out of town with a week off from school, there were many Waukee boys missing from their recent competition in Ames and from practice this week.

“I would say probably 70 percent of our guys are somewhere so when they get back at the end of the week we’ll kind of regroup and get back on the track and get back to work next week,” Heitland said.

Aside from those on vacations for spring break, the rest of the team will also be taking time off on Thursday and Friday this week.

“Guys will still have workouts they’ll be expected to do on their own,” Heitland said. “They’ve got to find time on Thursday, Friday or over the weekend to get those in, but we do give them Thursday and Friday off and hopefully we’ll be full strength numbers wise on Monday when school’s back in session.”

The Warriors had a strong showing at the ISU High School Classic getting first place in the 4x100 meter relay, second in the 4x400 meter relay and the 1,600 meter sprint medley while Corbin Lowe got second in the 400 meter run.

The Warriors will host their first outdoor meet of the season on March 27 at Waukee High School. The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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