Fort Dodge boys win track meet at Boone
BOONE — For the first time since 2018, the Fort Dodge boys track team landed in the win column.
The Dodgers scored 168 points and took nine events to claim the Boone Invitational championship. Boone (140) was second, followed by Newton (117), Des Moines North (84) and West Marshall (58).
Fort Dodge’s last victory was in Mason City during the 2018 campaign.
“I don’t care who you are running against — it’s a big deal to win a meet,” said FDSH head coach John McBride. “To be able to have everyone score points and to be able to go tell them we need them, was a lot of fun.
“It’s great to go out and be competitive like this.”
The Dodgers earned victories in four relay events. Senior Christian Davidson, junior Jake Erickson, senior Sam Daniel and senior Tyler Schreier won the 4×200 (1:30.92) and the 4×100 (44.04).
“That was our fastest time in the 4×2 (this year),” McBride said. “Everybody scored and we even had two freshmen score some points (at the varsity level).”
Davidson, Sam Daniel, Erickson and senior Jerry Chada claimed gold in the sprint medley (1:38.11).
The quartet of senior Tyler Kasperbauer, sophomore Connor Carver, junior Amaris Harris and senior Thomas Daniel claimed gold in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:12.01).
Schreier was a double winner on the individual side, winning the 100-meter dash (11.41) and the long jump (20-8).
Carver won the low hurdles (17.11) and Kasperbauer was the winner in the 400 hurdles.
Senior Sawyer Springer won the shot put with a toss of 47-10.
“Sawyer is in good shape heading into districts,” McBride said. “He made his best throw of the year. And anytime you put Tyler (Schreier) in something, we have a great shot of winning. He anchored both the 4×1 and 4×2.
“We really haven’t been pushed yet in the 4×1 and 4×2, but we will see on Thursday (at Des Moines Lincoln) and at the Jim Duncan Relays (on Saturday). It starts to get ramped up.”
The Dodger distance medley team of Harris, senior D’Arien Calahan, junior Eli Elsbecker and junior Ayden Johanson won in a time of 4:04.40.
Chada was the runner-up in the 800 (2:15.88), and Erickson was the silver medalist in the 200 meter dash (2:23.13).
Jake Wagner was second in the shot put (40-6.5).
Finishing third for the Dodgers was Ty Adams (12:04.65 in 3200), Davidson (11.80 in 100), and Kasperbauer (18:37 in low hurdles).
The 4×400 relay of Chada, Elsbecker, James Daniel and Thomas Daniel were third in 3:43.23.
Sam Daniel was fourth in the 200 (23.67) and Gavin Doebel was fourth in the 1600 (5:48.32). Jon Astor was fourth in the discus (107-3).
The Dodgers are back in action on Thursday at Lincoln.
Dodger JV wins three events
The 4×200-meter relay team of Carmelo Hughes, Tay’Den Hooper, Carter Nekvinda and Malaki Pettigrew earned gold in 45.05.
Keyton Fraser won the 800 (2:27.91), and Jeremiah Laughlin (16-11) was the long jump champion.