FD boys set to host 58th Dodger Relays

Competing at a high level is the goal for the Fort Dodge boys track team here tonight in their own 58th annual Dodger Relays.

Field events begin at 4:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium, followed by the running events at 4:45 p.m.

Joining host FDSH in the Class A field are Boone, Mason City, Waterloo East and Waukee.

Comprising the B division are St. Edmond, Algona, Eagle Grove, Humboldt and Fort Dodge’s junior varsity.

Last spring, the Dodgers settled for a runner-up effort in their meet. Waukee once again claimed top honors.

“Our kids love running at home and not having to get on a bus and ride somewhere,” said Dodger head coach John McBride. “Waukee’s obviously the team to beat in Class A, and Mason City has been runing real well. I think Class B should be really good, too. We lost a few teams from previous years, which is kind of disappointing. I don’t know if they wanted to run somewhere else or what. It’ll be nice to get a new track next year.”

Leading the way for Fort Dodge are seniors Sam Kolacia (400) and Keegan Myers (200 and 400), the 4×200 (Myers, senior Johnny Bice, sophomore Trey Mosley and Kolacia) and the 4×400 (Bice, senior Chris Nichols, Myers and Kolacia). The Dodger 4×400, which is coming off a title at the Indianola Invitational on Thursday, owns the state’s fifth fastest time this season at 3:27.14.

“We’ve been working to try and get our relays to qualify for Drake,” McBride said. “Our 4×4 is right where we want it to be. I just want to see us run a good 4×2, and we’re going to load up the medley. Our distance kids are also starting to come around.”

Myers and Mosley each participated on Fort Dodge’s winning 4×100 here a year ago, while Bice, Myers, then-junior Chase Carter and Kolacia were all members of the victorious 4×400.

Algona’s the defending Class B champion. Boone placed second here in 2015, and St. Edmond was fifth.

Tate O’Tool, Colin Flattery and Harrison Mayer each ran on the Gael sprint medley last season, which recorded a Dodger Relay triumph. Alex Loerts, Flattery and Mayer were also part of the gold medalist 4×800.

Today’s forecast calls for highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds are expected to range from 10 to 20 miles per hour.

“It would be nice to run in some decent weather for a change,” said McBride. “Hopefully, we’ll get a good crowd (tonight).”