Algona head coach Greg Wellman loves the atmosphere of Dodger Stadium.
His team felt like it was their home away from home as well. And they performed like it.
The Bulldogs captured the Class B title at the 56th running of the Dodger Relays, winning six crowns and going one-two in three different events.
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Lucas Dolder runs for Manson Northwest Webster during the Dodger Relays on Monday. For more photos, visit CU?at www.messengernews.net
Algona and Manson Northwest Webster combined to win 16 of the titles, while the Bulldogs (177) finished ahead of the defending champion Cougars (132). Boone (81) was third, followed by Bishop Garrigan (51), Humboldt (44), St. Edmond (38) and Eagle Grove (32).
"I didn't know if we had the lineup to win it,'' Wellman said. "It's a great atmosphere to run in with the brick wall, baseball field in the back and the ivy. This is just a special place.
"Our guys seemed to respond to it and just ran some great races."
Bo Hjelle (1:56.98) and Peter Hollinger (2:00.88) finished first and second in the 800, with Hjelle setting the meet record.
"Bo ran a great race in the 800,'' Peter had a great time as well, with both getting personal bests."
Esden Carroll (23.38) and Keagan Zwiefel (24.01) were also first and second in the 200-meter dash.
Joe Teague (48-1.75) and Mason Decker (47-4.00) finished in the top two of the shot put for the Bulldogs.
Cameron Lahndorf won the boys discus with a long toss of 140-03. Cameron Crosser (58.18) won the 400-meter hurdles by nearly three seconds over Bishop Garrigan (1:02.92).
Algona's shuttle hurdle relay crossed the tape in 1:02.19, just ahead of Manson Northwest Webster (1:03.13).
"Teague and Lahndorf, along with Carroll, had great wins,'' Wellman said. "Manson is a very good team, so to come out ahead of them was a good night for us.''
The Cougars claimed nine championships. Manson NW won four of the six relay events, capturing gold in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and the sprint medley relay.
Lucas Dolder (42.11) won the 400-meter dash, ahead of Hjelle (42.15). Jack Walstrom was the 3,200 (10:46.65) champion.
Alex Bush (16.06) edged out Algona's Brandon Lloyd (16.69) in the 110-meter hurdles.
Jackson Johnson went 6-1 to win the high jump and Hudson Spedding was the long jump champion with a leap of 20-5.
St. Edmond's best finish came in the 4x800 with a finish of 9:00.20, just behind Boone (8:46.30).
Casey McEvoy was third in the 3200.
Finishing fourth for the Gaels was Tate O'Tool in the 200 and the 400. Jake Heidenreich (110-meter hurdles) was also fourth. Vinnie Harvey was fifth in the discus.
"Our 4x800 was pretty good and we got a bunch of fourths,'' said St. Edmond head coach Billy Kibby. "We have to improve on our times.
"It was a nice meet to start the season with some tough competition.''
The Gael boys will continue a busy stretch as they head to Eagle Grove tonight.