The Van Meter boys track and field team was in action for the first time in the 2019 season as they took the short drive to the Earlham Early Bird Meet Tuesday, March 26.


After a conference championship type season and a state qualifying team crown, the Bulldogs officially entered the 2019 season within the confines of the Earlham High School track and field stadium. There they brought out eleven top five finishes, highlighted by a second place finish.


That second place finish came on an individual note and it came from Gannon Archer in the high jump event. Archer posted one of his better early season marks at 5-08.00 Tuesday which was good enough for the second place finish. The top high jumper for the meet was Gracen Welberg of Panorama at 6-02.00.


Six of the top five finishes for Van Meter came by way of relay events. They started with the 4x800 meter relay event where the foursome of Sam Grob, Creighton Netten, Tyler Haynes, and JJ Richards posted a time of 8:50.71. Van Meter’s 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay team of Alex Jones, Korbin Barck, Taylor Birks, and Ryan Fisher claimed a fifth place finish out of nine teams. They did so with a finishing time of 1:14.81. The distance medley team for Van Meter came away with a fifth place finish as the foursome of Casey Trudo, Korbin Barck, Dalton Van Pelt, and Tico Angel clocked in a time of 4:24.15. A similar outcome was had in the 4x200 meter relay as the group of Cody Coffman, Chris Reames, Calvin Sieck, and Jacob Blomgren finished with a time of 1:42.74.


Coffman, Reames, Sieck and Zach Drummond teamed up for the 4x100 meter relay event and forged a fourth place finish. They bested eleven other teams with a finishing time of 47.46 seconds. Following that strong finish, Van Meter’s 4x400 meter relay team punched in a third place finish. The group of JJ Richards, Tyler Haynes, Gannon Archer, and Creighton Netten clocked in a team time of 3:47.85 for the third place finish out of nine teams.


Individually alongside Archer’s second place finish, there were four top five finishes, two of which came from the legs of upperclassman Zach Drummond. Drummond first broke through in the 100 meter dash where he placed fourth with a finishing time of 12.03 seconds, one of his better early season marks. The second top five finish for Drummond came in the 200 meter dash. Drummond clocked in a third place finishing time of 24.34 seconds.


Ethan Fisher was actually the first to start the top five train for Van Meter. He did so in the shot put event where he placed fifth out of 28 throwers with a toss of 40-04.25. Creighton Netten was the final individual to join the top five finishers. He clocked in a fifth place time of 1:01.88 in the 400 meter hurdles.


Other strong finishes included Dustin Barth in the 3200 meter run (ninth at 11:48.60), Gannon Archer in the 200 meter dash (eighth at 26.23 seconds), Casey Trudo in the 400 meter hurdles (eighth at 1:06.47), and Carson Wille in the 1600 meter run (sixth at 5:06.00).


Next up on the docket for the Bulldog boys track and field team will be a trip to Adel on Tuesday, April 2.