In what was a very strong way to start the week, the Dallas Center-Grimes boys track and field team captured second place Monday, April 8 at the Norwalk Invitational in Norwalk.
Sixteen top five finishes comprised the strong team performance as the Mustangs took hold of second place out of nine teams with a point total of 126 points. DC-G claimed a top five finish in six out of the seven relay events with one first place finish coming in the 4x100 meter relay. It was there that the Mustangs set a season high with a time of 44.09 seconds and also earning DC-G ten team points. The 4x200 meter relay group placed second with a time of 1:33.09 which also set a season best mark while the 4x400 and the 4x800 meter relay teams took home third place finishes with times of 3:38.27 and 9:03.18 respectively. Both the sprint medley and distance medley groups placed fourth with times of 1:42.33 and 4:00.52 respectively.
On an individual note there were ten top five finishes which included three first place finishes. It seemed no one was on more of a roll than Aidan Ramsey who earned 14 team point towards the winning cause. Ramsey earned one of those first place finishes, doing so in the 3200 meter run where he bested a 14 runner field with his time of 10:39.55. Ramsey also took part in the 800 meter run where he clocked in a season best time of 2:13.90 to earn a fifth place finish. Overall, the distance group performed quite well Monday night as Owen Pries captured a second place finish in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:01.37.
Within the short distance side of things, senior Rancy Freeman came off the soccer field and put forth a first place performance on the track, doing so in the 100 meter dash where he clocked in a season best time of 11.13 seconds. Trenton Liebe made a name for himself in the 400 meter dash Monday by placing first with a time of 53.07 seconds. That not only earned ten team points for the Mustangs, but also marked a season best for Liebe. Although he did not earn a top five finish, fellow Mustang Jonny Iverson also produced a season best time in the 400 meter dash with a time of 57.78 seconds.
Other notable performances for DC-G included Gavin Todd who took on the 200 meter dash and took home a third place finish with a season best time of 23.85 seconds. Ethan Wenell may not have picked up a first place performance in the 400 meter hurdles, but he did pick up a season best time of 1:01.42 which just so happened to earn him a second place finish, just over one-tenth of a second off of first place.
The field events proved fruitful as well for the Mustangs with a trio of top five performances. Brody Burgher picked up a fourth place toss in the discuss thanks to a mark of 136’-03”, marking his best toss of the 2019 season so far. Caden Grimes delivered a fourth place performance in the long jump (19-10.50) while Blake Willey came just shy of his season best in the shot put, coming through with a toss of 37-07.75.
In total nine individual Mustangs picked up season best marks while four relay groups delivered upon season best marks as well, giving way to a total of 13 events picking up season best times. Next up for the Mustang track squad will be a short road trip south to Adel where they will race against former conference foe ADM. Field events will kick things off around 4:15 with running events to follow at 4:30 p.m.