DES MOINES - Little did they know it at the time, but even while competing in pouring rain inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines Friday, May 17, the performance from Anamosa’s distance medley relay team would be the best of the four relays that qualified to state for the program.
“We ran a season-best time and finished better than our seed time,” said Raider track coach Justin Bader, as the team of Nolan McLean, Tristan Weers, Dylan Rickels and Zac McLean made their way through the extremely wet track to post a time of 3-minutes, 41.41-seconds.
“Zac once again ran a great anchor 800 leg in two-minutes. Dylan also ran a good 400 in 51-seconds. We were just a little slower in our 200s than the other teams this week end.”
Zac McLean, who has been phenomenal all season long for the Raiders, brought the team home placing third in the first section trailing only LeMars (3:40.22) and Benton Community (3:40.29).
Overall Anamosa, was 15th in the event.
“I tried my hardest to get the two guys in front of me,” McLean said. “But I felt good out there, even with all the rain. I was hoping that Nolan and Tristan would get the baton to Dylan in a good position and they did their jobs. Dylan has been through this before so he knew what to do and then I used the big crowd as motivation to bring it home.
“I love competing at state track. The crowds, the environment, there’s nothing like it anywhere.”
Weers, who posted a 24.06 split in his 200 leg, was making his first state appearance as a mere freshman.
“I’m just glad I didn’t screw anything up,” he said. “I’m just here to get the baton from Nolan to Dylan and I did that. Maybe not as fast as I wanted, but I did it.
“Getting to taste the state track atmosphere was incredible. Now I want to taste it every year.”
Atlantic claimed the 3A distance medley relay state title winning the third section with a time of 3:31.13, a second ahead of runner-up Boyden Hull-Rock Valley (3:32.19).