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Redhawks finish sixth in Comet Relays

April 5, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama boys track team got an early test against varied competition in the early bird Comet Relay at BCLUW High School on Thursday, March 28, running away with sixth place with 44 points and early confidence in their season.

"Basically we just wanted to get out and run a meet," coach Tyson Roberts said. "We've been running on streets for these first few weeks and haven't been out to the track yet. I wanted to get some competition, especially for these freshman."

The Redhawks competed against the likes of larger schools in first place winner Iowa City West, Des Moines North, Iowa Falls-Alden and talented smaller schools in runner-up Jesup, host BCLUW and Wapsie Valley.

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Tyler Morrison hands off to Cael Even in the 4x100m relay at the Comet Relays on Thursday, March 28 at BCLUW. The event placed third for the Redhawks.

"I think the strong competition early in the season can only help us later in the season," Roberts said. "We found out that we can compete against anyone."

A combination of relays and individual events were able to push the Redhawks competitively as Tyler Morrison took second in the 100m dash with a time of 11:43. The senior anchored the winning 4x200, helped the 4x100 to third and the shuttle hurdle relay to third.

""He's one of those four seniors that have been great leaders," Roberts said. "Tyler is one guy I can put in a relay and give us a good time."

North Tama also got points from Ryan McLean placing second in the shot put throw with a throw of 42'-8.75" as well Hale Hulme placing fourth in the high jump with a jump of 5'-8", and Tate Payne and Luke Pennell each individually scoring a point in the 100m dash and long jump respectively. The Redhawks were just outside of scoring in the distance medley, sprint medley and 4x400 and Logan Kennedy finished seventh in the 800m run.

"We had a lot of high place winners today, so I'm very happy with our times and felt this was a successful first meet," Roberts said. "I had goals for our mile run and they are right where I need them. Sam and Logan push each other in practice and that's exactly what I want."

While the early success is a welcomed sign for the Redhawks, Roberts hopes to make improvements as early as Tuesday to find the right combinations for relays throughout the long season to come.

"I mainly wanted to get times, but I will make some adjustments for our meet on Tuesday, including having Logan and Sam run the two-mile because that should be their strongest race," Roberts said. "There other things I want to move around, but I don't want to touch our shuttle hurdle team. They are already one second faster. Our 4x200 was a surprise."

The Redhawks will next compete at Meskwaki against Janesville, GMG, BGM, Montezuma and others on Friday, April 5 with track events starting at 5:00 p.m.



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