Records Fall At 90th Annual Osky Relays
Oskaloosa, Iowa – After 9 decades, many would call the Osky Relays a tradition, making participation and records all the more special, especially fighting a very stiff wind.
Oskaloosa Boys Track Head Coach Mike Sterner said, “Our Indians made more strides of growth, including breaking 2 meet records, and likely qualifying for the Drake Relays in some events. Although one of our goals was to win the whole meet(we came up 8 points short, finishing in 2nd to a very good Ottumwa team) we did break through more PR bests with many of our young men, on a very windy day at Lacey Stadium.”
“Leading the way for the Indians on Saturday was J’Von Harris, winning the High Jump and Long Jump. Both winning marks broke a record and were the best jumps in 90 years of the Osky Relays! J’Von also won the 100, into a very stiff wind. Jaden VanRoekel also gutted out a win in the 400 Hurdles, as well as our 4 x 800 team of Talon Munger, Jacob Hacker, Iszac Schultz and Carter Huyser getting the gold. Bennett Spry was also the champion in the 400,” added Sterner.
“For the week, our Indian tracksters broke 3 seasons’ best relay times, and 38 PRs. We are proud of our young men. We’ll spend a couple of days off to recover and reload for our next meet on Tuesday in Fairfield,” said Sterner in closing.
Oskaloosa Girls Head Coach Betsy Luck commented about the effort her team made with their 4th place showing. “The Distance Medley ran a season best time and Ava VandeWall set a new PR in the 4 x 400. The team’s next meet is this Thursday at East Marshall.”
Luck recognized the seniors on the team – Alexis Agan, Dana Barlow, Sienna DeJong, Melissa Moorman, Abby Parker, Liz Parker, Shalandra Shilling and Alexis Westercamp.
The Oskaloosa girls came away with 3 individual champs. Alexis Westercamp had 2, in both the discus and the 400m dash. And Emma Kelderman won the 400m hurdles.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Boys Coach Tarah Alexander spoke about the short-handed team they are working with. “For only having 11 boys who competed today, I thought we did really well. Our times aren’t right where we want them but it was extremely windy.”
Alexander wasn’t worried about team placement, but instead is focusing on getting better at every event, rather than scoring points.
Boys team results:
Class A/Varsity Team Results
1st Ottumwa 132
2nd Oskaloosa 126
3rd Williamsburg 81
4th Pella 75
5th Albia 67
6th Grinnell 46
7th Newton 44
8th South Tama 10
Girls team results:
1 Pella 151
2 Ottumwa 130
3 Albia 101
4 Oskaloosa 100
5 Grinnell 86
6 Newton 29