Dodger Relays on track for area boys

The Fort Dodge boys are excited to compete inside their home stadium Monday night as the 65th annual Dodger Relays take place.

Joining the host school will be St. Edmond, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Boone, Marshalltown, Mason City and Waukee Northwest.

Field events begin at 4:30 p.m. with running events at 4:45 p.m.

The overall look of things will be a bit different, as construction continues on the stadium for new facilities. Concession stands will be open at the baseball diamond and southeast corner for fans and athletes.

Last year, Waukee Northwest finished first with 221 points as Mason City placed second and Fort Dodge was third. Humboldt and St. Edmond rounded out the Top-5.

Among those who won individual titles last year that are expected to compete include Humboldt’s Mason Van Pelt, who picked up the 400 title over Hayden Morehead of Waukee Northwest, and Lance Coon, who won the long jump.

Joel Bloomer of Waukee Northwest won the 1,600 as a junior for the Wolves.

Senior recognition for the Dodgers will take place between the 400-meter wheelchair and 4×200 relay events.

Two of the relays this year have special meaning to long-time Fort Dodge High School coaches, as the 4×800 is named for Rod Riessen and the closing 4×400 for Sam Moser.

Last year, Mason City set the meet record in the 4×400 with a time of 3:20.41. The Dodgers set the meet record in the sprint medley in 2021 and own the top marks in the 100 courtesy Cray Washington, 110 hurdles by Alonzo Clayton, 200 from current FDSH head football coach Nik Moser, 400 hurdles by Jordan Crosby, the shot put by Troy Crouse and the long jump from Mark Chardoulias.


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