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Iowa’s track and field season was able to hold their first competition on March 6, but the first high school competition, for Mount Ayr, doesn’t come until March 28 when they attend the Earlham Early Bird.
That doesn’t keep coach Brad Elliott from getting his teams to compet, though.
Taking the Mount Ayr teams to various indoor meets helps show coach Elliott where his teams sit and what can be improved on in practice before the real competitions start.
This past weekend, the Raiderettes were to attend Iowa State University, however, a snow storm had other ideas.
The Raiders were able to attend their meet on Friday, though, where a handfull of Raiders showed what they had, including reigning class 1A 400m champion Ryce Reynolds.
Reynolds hasn’t shown any signs slowing down, setting a new IATC State Indoor meet record in the 400 meter with a time of 49.94, while also running a Drake Relays Blue Standard qualifier time.
Reynold impressed early last season in the 400 meter hurdle event where he set the school record in his first ever attempt, while also setting records in the 400 meter.
While bringing back plenty of familiar faces, such as throwers Tucker Knox and Colton Dredge, runners Trey Fooken, Jaydon Knight, Preston Fleharty and Drew Ehlen, the Raiders are seeing an influx of new athletes join the team including seniors Jaixen Frost and Braydon Pierson and freshmen Jackson Ruggles and Brayden Hale.
Despite not running track in the past, Frost showed his speed without football pads on, taking 26th in the 60 meter with a time of 7.82 and his jumping ability with an eleventh place in the long jump after a leap of 17-09.
Pierson also saw himself in the long jump, taking 15th with a jump of 17-04.
Pierson found himself in relays as well, including a championship 4×400 team of Knight, Ruggles and Reynolds, with a time of 3:38.36.
Pierson was also on the seventh place 4×100 team of Fleharty, Knight and Tate Dugan. They finished in a time of 46.56.
Throwers Knox and Dredge placed 24th and 26th, respectively, as Knox threw a 34-04.75 and Dredge threw a 33-05.00 in the shot put.
The high jump saw freshman Jackson Ruggles clear 5-01 and place 19th.
The 60 meter hurdles saw Dalton Barnes finish 19th with a time of 10.14 and Brayden Hale finish 24th with a time of 10.56.
Trey Fooken took 23rd in the 400 meter with a time of 59 seconds.
In the 800 meter, Drew Ehlen placed 8th overall with a time of 2:10.69 and Tegan Hill took 19th with a time of 2:30.13.
The mile (1600 meters) saw Garrett Walter take 20th with a time of 5:47.70 and Braylon Greenwell take 24th with a time of 6:34.86.
The 1600 meter medley relay finished eighth and was comprised of Fleharty, Knight, Dugan and Ehlen who ran a time of 3:55.34.
The 4×800 team finished 11th with a time of 10:44.19 and ran by Walter, Hill, Aiden Murphy and Braylon Greenwell.
With just two weeks to go before the first meet, the Raiders are showing their competitive edge and look to have a fun and exciting season as they look toward the State Track Meet scheduled in May.