Successful week for boys’ track

by Gunnar Davis

After three straight meets being cancelled or rescheduled, the PCM Mustangs boys’ track team finally got their opportunity to improve last week at the Pella Christian meet on April 12 and the Adel-Desoto-Minburn meet at Dallas Center-Grimes on April 15. The boys did well, placing third at Pella Christian with 104 points and seventh at DCG with 47 points.
When the Mustangs traveled to Pella, the team came away with nine top-three finishes. The only first-place finish came from the distance medley relay team, consisting of senior Tyler Dredge, sophomores Brady North and Noah Henkenius and freshman Brayton Van Dyke. They ran the race in a time of 4 minutes, 5.83 seconds.
Sophomore Noah Anderson placed second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. In the 200, he ran a 24.05, and in the 400, he ran a 55.37. Senior Austin Sneller placed second in the 110 high hurdles with his time of 17.08, while junior Chris Ellens also placed second in the 1600 with his time of 4:59.16.
The Mustangs had four other third-place finishes. Ellens ran a 10:46.01 in the 3200, placing third. Freshman Preston Van Wyk placed third in the 400-meter hurdles, running a time of 1:04.64, and Noah Henkenius placed third in the 800, running a 2:16.07. Junior Noah Clark rounded out the third-place finishes, throwing 129 feet, 9 inches in the discus.
At the ADM meet, Clark placed first in the discus and threw a personal record 150-01. That was good enough to earn the meet record, and the throw currently sits him at 11th in class 2A as of press time. In the shot put, senior Gunnar Davis and junior Leevi Telfer went 1-2, throwing a 43-02 and a 42-03.5, respectively.
Ellens placed second in the 3200 with a time of 10:51, and Sneller placed second in the 110 highs with a time of 17.15.
“We started out the week great at Pella Christian, where we got third place and ran a ton of PRs,” Head Coach Collin Harrison said. “After that, our team kind of ran into an injury bug that affected our results on Friday as a team. As a whole, though, I feel great about where we are, and we got the rust off this week. Now we just have to get better each week, and things well work out like they should.”
The Mustangs’ next meet will be Thursday, April 21, at CMB. Field events start at 4:30 p.m.