ANAMOSA - Scoring in all but three of the events they were entered, the Anamosa boys track and field team gave a packed crowd at Ken Fearing track plenty to cheer about as the Raiders hosted their own co-ed, and final home meet of the season Tuesday, April 23.
“What a night and what a crowd,” said Anamosa boys track coach Justin Bader, as his team tallied 79.5 points to place fifth against the nine-team field.
“It was an amazing atmosphere and the kids performed at a high level.
“This was, by far, our best meet of the year. The kids really showed up.”
The Raiders placed in an impressive 14 events and claimed two event championships, the first coming when the 4x800 team of Zac McLean, Colton Borst, Mitch Engelbart and Dylan Rickels combined to post a time of 8-minutes, 26.15-seconds, edging Mount Vernon at the finish line by eight-tenths of a second after Rickels ran a blazing 2:03.7 anchor leg.
Borst added a title in the high jump soaring 5-feet, 10-inches.
“The 4x800 team had a season-best time, Bader said. “Dylan ran a fantastic anchor leg to come from behind to beat Mout Vernon. Mitch and Colton ran their season-best splits, too.”
Rickels added second-place points in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 53.14.
Also scoring for the Anamosa boys at their own co-ed meet were: 110 high hurdles- Cody Edson (3rd) 16.94; 800- Zac McLean (3rd) 2:05.44 and Borst (7th) 2:13.17; 200- Nolan McLean (4th) 24.39; 4x400 relay- ZacMcLean, Nolan McLean, Nathan Keating, Rickels (4th) 3:36.29; shuttle hurdle relay- Edson, Walker Marsh, Jake Jess, Kole Dietiker (5th) 1:11.35; 400 hurdles- Tristan Weers (5th) 1:02.16; discus- Nolan McLean (5th) 127-8.25 and Shawn Buhr (8th) 122-7.25; 100- Nolan McLean (6th) 11.93; shot put- Buhr (6th) 45-9; distance medley relay- Weers, Brady Lasack, Marsh, Ben Moss (7th) 3:57.55; 1600- Engelbart (7th) 4:55.14.
“Our 4x400 ran a season-best time and we are finally getting Nathan Keating healthy and he’s really helping lower times in the 400s,” Bader said. “Nolan was the first Raider in two years to break the 12-second mark in the 100-meter dash. He ran a very solid 200 time for a sophomore, too.”
Iowa City Liberty claimed the boys’ team title scoring 139.5 points while Mount Vernon was second with 129 points.
The Raiders defeated Central DeWitt (72 points), North Linn (52), Independence (51) and Easton Valley (50).
The Anamosa boys scored in 12 more events competing at Clear Creek-Amana’s Pacha Relays Thursday, April 25, led by a second-place performance from the 4x200 team of Rickels, Nolan McLean, Zac McLean and Keating who combined to post a time of 3:35.14.
The Raiders also tallied a pair of third-place finishes in the 4x200 (1:38.12) and 4x800 (8:57.87) relays.
Also scoring at the Clear Creek-Amana meet for the Anamosa boys were: shot put- Buhr (5th) 45-6; shuttle hurdle relay- Edson, Marsh, Jess, Weers (6th) 1:13.96; 100- Ky Kaufmann (7th) 12.30; distance medley relay- Trae Klatt, Dietiker, Jess, Lasack (7th) 4:07.57; 110 high hurdles- Edson (7th) 17.49; 400 hurdles- Weers (7th) 1:05.22; discus- Nolan McLean (7th) 116-5.5; 400- Keating (8th) 57.85; 200- Nolan McLean (8th) 25.16.
Overall, the Raiders scored 39 points to place 10th against the 12-team field.
The host Clippers claimed the team title tallying an impressive 154 points.
Anamosa defeated Davenport Assumption (33) and last-place Wilton (11).