Fort Dodge boys work to get better on their home track

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Fort Dodge's Jayce Point hands the baton off to teammate Zak Jorgensen on Monday at J.H. Nitzke Track. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Competing at home for the only time this season, the Fort Dodge boys put together a strong showing at the 65th annual Dodger Relays on Monday night at J.H. Nitzke Track.

Taking advantage of the cool conditions, FDSH head coach Kevin Astor saw his squad post several personal records and season-best times.

Humboldt won the team title over defending champion Waukee Northwest followed by Marshalltown, Mason City, St. Edmond, Boone, Fort Dodge and Eagle Grove.

Sophomore Noah Daniel captured the 100-meter dash to lead the way for the Dodgers, crossing the finish in 11.48.

The Fort Dodge 4×200 relay of Omarion Myers-Zimmerman, Drake Warland, Tytrell Mosley and Daniel came in third in 1:36, with the shuttle hurdle relay of Mason Bolton, Colin Appler, Hunter Kasperbauer and Hunter Richardson taking fourth.

“It was a lot of fun getting to run at home with the weather we had,” Astor said. “We had PRs all over the place. This was probably the most competitive meet we have been to against a really good field.

“Humboldt has some incredible athletes who have been strong in so many sports. Waukee Northwest is probably the best track program in the state and St. Edmond has some great athletes, as well.”

Myers-Zimmerman was fifth in the 200, Cael Hansen placed fifth in the 1,600, and the 4×800 relay of Jayce Point, Zak Jorgensen, Hansen and Shawn Roberts II took fifth.

Bolton (110 hurdles), Richardson (400 hurdles), Dalton Eckley (high jump) and Jordan Lessmeier (long jump) were sixth.

“I thought Noah looked really good in the 100,” Astor said. “We had a chance in the 4×1 and a bad handoff resulted in a DQ.

“We are just so young with so many kids who are going up against athletes who are older and more experienced. It’s quite the shock going from middle school track to varsity events and a huge jump.”

Aiden Scott won the junior varsity discus. Val Hensley was second in the junior varsity 200 for the Dodgers.

The Rod Riessen 4×800-meter relay was won by Marshalltown, with Mason City repeating in the Sam Moser 4×400-meter relay to close out the night. Both events are named for former FDSH track coaches.

Fort Dodge will bring a select few runners to the Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake Stadium this weekend before returning to action next Monday in Norwalk.


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