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Waukee boys shine at home opener

Sam Martin • DCN Waukee’s Tyler Hunke leaped 21 feet, 2 inches to win the long jump competition at the Waukee Earlybird last week.Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Waukee’s Tyler Hunke leaped 21 feet, 2 inches to win the long jump competition at the Waukee Earlybird last week.
Sam Martin • DCN Reese Iversen of Dallas Center-Grimes set a personal best in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 7 inches.Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Reese Iversen of Dallas Center-Grimes set a personal best in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 7 inches.

The Waukee boys’ track team picked up seven event victories and six runner-up placings at the Waukee Earlybird meet on Feb. 28.

“We felt really good with our performance,” said coach Brent Heitland. “We were able to knock off the rust, but still have a long way to go.”

The Warriors’ wins included the long jump, in which Tyler Hunke leaped 21 feet, 2 inches to the top spot, and the discus, in which Eric Nelson (150 feet, 4 1/2 inches) and Ross Reynolds (149-2 1/2) claimed a 1-2 finish.

The shuttle hurdle team of Pat Gray, Jared Brdicko, Riley Gray and Noah Larrison, featuring three runners from last year’s state meet squad, coasted to a victory in 59.70, and both the 4x200 (Niha Ejubovic, Trevor Allen, A.J. Allen, Corbin Lowe) and the distance medley (Ejubovic, A.J. Allen, Lowe, Austin Krohnke) claimed victories.

Larrison and Pat Gray were first and second in the 400 hurdles, and Larrison and Brdicko were first and third in the 110 high hurdles. Ross Vogel was second in the 400 in 52.50, and the 4x100 team of Pat Gray, Carter Nielsen, Trevor Allen and Alan Vongnhay was second. Connor Simmons was second in the 800 (2:02.20) and third in the 1,600 (4:31.20) and the 4x400 team of Koy Schneiter, Matt Hoeg, Vogel and Riley Gray was third in 3:37.15.

Dallas Center-Grimes’ day was highlighted by junior Reese Iversen, who set a personal best in the long jump of 6-7, 5 inches higher than runner-up Malique Ziegler of Des Moines East. His leap is the second-best in the state this season and ties Braydee Poore of Mount Ayr and Jeff Giannettino of West Burlington/Notre Dame.

Josh Prohaska finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:20.50, and Iversen tied for fifth in the 200 with a time of 24.10. Prohaska teamed up with Alex Hansen, Jake Lewis and Josh Kidman for a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 in 3:41.60.

The un-scored meet relied on coaches keeping times after the automatic timing system malfunctioned.

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