Kolacia, 4×4 win for host Dodgers

In the final Dodger Relays of their respective careers, Fort Dodge’s 4×400 quartet of seniors left a lasting impression inside Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Bice (51.6), Chris Nichols (54.1), Keegan Myers (51.2) and Sam Kolacia (51.8) outdistanced themselves by 10 seconds against the field to easily prevail here Monday evening.

“I told Johnny that when he comes out fast and gets the lead right away, it’s huge,” said FDSH head coach John McBride. “Chris and Keegan ran strong legs as well, and by the time Sam gets the baton, we had a big lead and he closed it out the way a senior should.”

The Dodger quartet crossed the tape in 3:29.17, which was well ahead of runner-up Mason City (3:39.45).

Kolacia also had an impressive effort in the open 400, grabbing first with a time of 51.03. Myers finished third in 53.09.

Myers was second in the 200 (22.66), just behind Elijah Hicks (22.19) of Boone.

“Both those guys (Kolacia and Myers) are in the Top-10 in the state in their events,” McBride said. “Unfortunately, neither is a Drake Relays event.

“Sam was eighth in the 400 last year (at state), so he has high hopes of going down and doing some damage.”

Senior Max Bodholdt was third in the 400 hurdles (1:00.48). Sophomore Damond Lockner tied for third in the high jump (5-06).

The Dodger 4×800 relay team of Nicholas, Calvin Clark, Jason Halverson and Cayden Taylor was third (9:43.48).

Noah Nafe placed fourth in discus (111-02). Ryan Wagner crossed fourth in 3200 (10:54.51)

Jason Halverson (5:03.71) and Dalton Niemeyer (5:13.17) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1600-meter run.

Waukee (213) won the team championship in Class A, followed by Mason City (155.5), Boone (126.5), Fort Dodge (110) and Waterloo East (24).

The Dodgers travel to Des Moines Lincoln on Thursday.