Host Dodgers pick up four event victories
John McBride saw his team do exactly what he was hoping for at the 61st annual Dodger Relays.
The Dodgers came away with a quartet of relay victories, as all four eclipsed their fastest times of the year on Monday. Host Fort Dodge was fourth overall in the Class A race.
Waukee scored 186 points, winning four events in the process as well. Mason City was the runner-up (122), followed by Des Moines East (108), Fort Dodge (106) and Marshalltown (38).
McBride saw his Dodgers get off to a great start, winning the first event of the evening (sprint medley) and capping it off with a victory in the final event, the Sam Moser 4×400 relay.
Fort Dodge also won the shuttle hurdle relay and the 4×200 relay.
“The guys ran well; we got faster in a lot of events,” McBride said. “Our four relays ran the quickest they have ever had.”
The quartet of Sam Daniel, Dayson Clayton, Tysen Kershaw and Brycen Bell crossed the tape in 1:37.56 — almost six second faster than runner-up Mason City.
“They did a great job,” McBride said. “I think Brycen could have gone faster if he had someone pushing him. Their goal is to improve each time out.”
Bell, Asle Thorson, Kershaw and Trey Kasperbauer ended the night with a 3:33.82 in the 4×400.
“We did exactly what we wanted to do in the 4×400,” McBride said. “We got out to big leads with each guy, so it’s kind of hard to gauge exactly where you’re at when you’re not running beside anybody.”
The shuttle hurdle relay quartet of Kaspberbauer, Anthony Wagner, Thorson and Lucas Williamson are closing in on their goal of the minute mark. The foursome finished in 1:03.25.
“That’s the best that they’ve looked,” McBride said. “They have a goal, and I think they can go faster.”
The 4×200 squad of Bell, Clayton, Thorson and Kershaw crossed the tape in 1:32.67 — three seconds faster than Des Moines East.
“This was their fastest time of the year,” McBride said. “Their goal is to keep getting faster and get into Drake.”
The Dodgers came away with three runner-up performances as well: Kershaw (22.90) in the 200-meter dash, Kasperbauer (15.72) in the 110 hurdles, and Wagner (59.07) in the 400 hurdles.
Finishing third was Bell (23.04) in the 200, James Daniel (54.75) in the 400, Wagner (16.35) in the 110 hurdles, and Thorson (5-6) in the high jump.
The distance medley quartet of Thomas Daniel, Nick Bice, Drake Callon and Jerry Chada were also third (4:02.82).
“We had a lot of guys run their best times,” McBride said. “Dayson and Trey ran their fastest of the season.”
McBride was pleased to see all of the help to keep the Dodger Relays running smoothly.
“We had so much help … we’re just very fortunate here,” McBride said. “When your superintendent (Dr. Jesse Ulrich) is out there pulling hurdles off the track, you know this is a special meet.”