By Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield boys’ track and field team tallied a solid 66 points as the season resumed following 18 days of weather woes.
On April 26 they competed at Boyden-Hull’s Nighthawk Relays in Hull.
Actually it was a perfect night weather-wise, temps only dropped to the high 50s at the end for track and field to have its restart — just in time before the April 30 War Eagle Conference meet at West Sioux in Hawarden.
“The 66 points was a pretty good total considering the competition,” said Coach Kent Johnson.
The field events saw a good start for the Westerners.
Sam Mace took third place in the Long Jump with an effort of 17-feet 8.25 inches.
“That was good for him because he had just started to do the event,” said Johnson.
The High Jump event saw Chance Hoffman gain a second place just two inches from the title. Dillon Thies of Sibley-Ocheyedan won with a 6-feet-2-inch effort. Hoffman’s best was a 5-10 and Alex Wilken took third with a 5-8.
“Chance did a good job with a 5-10. You have to have 6-0 to qualify for state and Wilken was right behind,” said Johnson.
Distance specialist Garrett Wall won the 3,200 Meters with a time of 10:40.8, beating Micah Bajema of West Lyon’s 10:43.6. Wall had a strong finish, overtaking Bajema for the final lap and Wall improved his time, said Johnson. Wall was fourth in the 1,600-Meter Run (no times available for fourth to sixth yet).
Dylan Blinde gained the Westerners another top three effort with a third place in the 110-Meter Hurdles, with a time of 18.357.
The 1,600-Meter Medley Relay of Sam Mace, Nate Sanchez, Cody Bosse and Wall for A-W had the best relay finish with a third place of 4:01.92 in the race won by Okoboji with Western Christian edging the Westerners for second.
The 4×100-Relay of Hoffman, Mace, Daniel Beitelspacher and Cody Bosse also ran well, said Johnson.
The unofficial for “fun” event of the Weight Man Relay was won by the Westerners Shot Put and Discus throwers Matt Toben, Kyle Schroeder, Arron Green and John Wolthuizen. No official time was kept.
“The crowd was really into the final event of the meet,” said Johnson.
A-W had several good efforts in the Junior Varsity meet, led by Devon Myers winning the Long Jump in 16-feet 6 inches.
Final team scoring for the boys’ meet, West Lyon won the team title with 109 points; Okoboji, 104; Western Christian, 99; Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 97, Akron-Westfield, 66, Sibley-Ocheyedan, 54 and George-Little Rock, 25.
Following the WEC Meet, A-W is back at West Sioux May 2 for a co-ed meet. A-W is at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn for a co-ed meet on May 6.
“The conference meet will be tough. We may score more points at district than at conference,” said Johnson.
The State Qualifying Meet for boys and girls is May 9 at West Sioux.