• Keith Hjelle

Charger Boys Open Track Season at Ames Indoor; Wardyn Fifth in Long Jump

The ACGC boys' track season opened yesterday at the Iowa State Boys High School Classic, commonly known as the "Ames Indoor", held at the Lied Recreation Facility. Charger coach Tyler Mosbach took thirteen boys to the event on the Iowa State campus. As with the girls' meet on Monday, no team score was kept and the athletes were from all schools--large and small.

Caden Wardyn's performance in the long jump highlighted the day for the Chargers, as he finished fifth among seventy three competitors. His leap of 19'6.25" was the best among small schools participants, with athletes from 4A schools the only ones to best Wardyn.

Noah Nelson turned in a good performance in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:23.22 , good for a 23rd place finish among 99 runners. Clay Billheimer also ran the event, finishing in 34th place with a time of 10:41.8. Billheimer also ran the 1600 meters and finished 41st out of 118 runners with a time of 5:01.38.

Dylan Soper and Austin Wierwick each ran the 60 meter dash for the Chargers with Soper finishing 66th out of 141 runners in a time of 5. 75 and Wierwick finishing 119th in a time of 8.17.

Quynton Younker and Sam Madsen both put the shot for ACGC, as Younker put the 12 pound ball 39'8.25", good for 41st out of 100 competitors. Madsen's put of 36'1" placed him in the 64th spot.

The Chargers entered two relay teams, with the 1600 sprint medley finishing in 4:00.11, good for 36th place out of 68 relay teams. Runners on that relay were Caden Wardyn, Ben Kingery, Carter Schildberg, and Noah Nelson. The 4x400 relay team, consisting of Quenton Spack, Christian Nolte, Kolby Jacobe and Garrett Young, ran the event in 4:00.24, placing it in 39th place out of 44 teams.

Coach Mosbach was encouraged about the performances, saying, "It was a great meet to get out and get our first competition of the year. I was very pleased with the times and marks the kids were able to put up. Some were much further ahead than they were at this point last year. I expect to see some pretty good things out of this group if the hard work continues."

The Chargers next competition will be in two weeks at the Wheeler Relays in Audubon on Tuesday, March 27th followed by the Perry Relays two days later on the 29th.

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