Indian Boys Track Set Records At State Track

by Coach Mike Sterner

What a weekend by our men! Here is the daily rundown of their accomplishments at the state meet.

Thursday:
Discus- Casey Hill started our state meet throwing 144′ 11″ to put him #14 in all of class 3A.
400- Carter Huyser came from the second heat to earn Class 3A 4th place medal with a time of 49.69, which is a new PR best for Carter!

Friday:
400 Hurdles- Sophomore Reed Brown gained some great experience on the Blue Oval dodging the raindrops and running 58.44, finishing in the 18th spot in all of Class 3A.
4×400 prelim- It is so exciting to hear the Voice of the Drake Relays and State Meet, Mike Jay, commenting about Oskaloosa. Our quartet did just that in this prelim as Brayden VanKampen, Iszac Schultz, Aaron Blom, and Carter Huyser reset their school-record time of 3:23.19, which also put them into Saturday’s final!

Saturday:
Sprint Medley Relay: This race was run as a final event and that fastest times from the 3 heats took home the State medals. We ran from heat 2, lane 2 and needed a strong performance to top the fast heat, heat 3, to earn our spot. Aaron Blom, Casey Hill, Brayden VanKampen, and Carter Huyser did just that in setting a new school record and placing 6th overall in a time of 1:34.44.
800: Carter Huyser was in a battle from the opening gun. Carter ran a good first lap, and as Carter often does, waited to use his sprint kick to close on the field in the last 200 meters. On this day, Carter was in a good position through the first lap, but two separate athletes just in front of him took a tumble, which forced Carter to diverge from his stride and avoid/hurdle the wreck just in front of him. This made the hill to climb too far to reach the top and Carter finished in 12th place with a very respectable time of 1:59.59.
4×400: After a long break and lots of time waiting the 4×4 team was hungry for a championship. As the announcer was encouraging all involved to beat the oncoming storm, our men were ready for the challenge. Brayden VanKampen led the charge from the blocks and had the Indians in the hunt at the first exchange to Iszac Schultz. As Iszac always does, he sprinted the curve and battled to find where we would be after the break line. Iszac also ran very well with a strong finish and had the Indians in the hunt going to the third leg, Aaron Blom. Aaron competed very well and set a new PR best split, getting the baton to our anchor, Carter Huyser. Carter also did not disappoint as he moved up in the field and closed on the leaders bringing us into third down the stretch. Carter’s blazing 48.3 anchor even drew the comments of announcer Mike Jay. The team broke the school record they had just set in the prelim one day earlier, running 3:22.40.

We are so proud of our men’s ability to not only qualify to run at the state meet but compete at the highest level once they were here. If you get a chance pat them on the back as they all earned it! We are so proud of how they represented our team and our school.

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