CASCADE - It’s usually one of (if not the) most brutally cold meet of the entire season, but Thursday, April 1, Mother Nature didn’t play her yearly joke on the teams making their way to Cascade.

      Instead, though the temperatures were still in the low 40s, the winds were minimal and things were pleasant for competitors, which included the Springville boys who had another successful day on the track.

      “Known to be windy and cold in the Early Bird at Cascade, the wind was barely there and it was only cold in the shade,” said Oriole boys track coach Tyler Husak, as his team competed well in pretty much every event they were entered at the meet where the team tallied 57 points to place fifth overall.

      “In short, pretty good conditions, and we got going right away in all of our field events.”

      Dylan DeMean got the meet off to a sensational start winning a title in the long jump after soaring 18-feet, 6-inches. Teammate Noah Brady was also among the top performers in the event flying 16-4, good enough to take fourth overall.

      The field event scoring was just getting started though, as Drew Feltes came through with a 34-foot toss in the shot put, good enough to place second against the 25-thrower field while also placing seventh in the discus after a 109-9 effort.

      Alex Koppes and Luke Menster kept things going in the high jump as well, as the pair placed second and third after soaring 6-0 and 5-10, respectively.

      The Orioles’ 4x100 team led the way for events on the track placing third as Jack Hoogland, Koppes, Menster and Brady combined to post a time of 50.31-seconds while the 4x200 team of Brady, Menster, Ryan Foley and Bryce Ripple tallied a 1:50.53 clocking to place fourth.

      Hoogland, Menster, Evan Robertson and Brady were fifth leading the sprint medley relay coming through with a time of 1:46.73 while the distance medley team also scored fifth-place points after their 4:21.35 clocking keyed by Hoogland, Koppes, DeMean and Robertson.

      Springville relays stayed solid all the way to the end as the 4x400 team of Foley, Ripple, Logan Mason and Noah Rabe were fifth in 4:39.18.

      DeMean was back at it on the track racing his way to a fifth-place performance in the 200-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 25.34.

      “I was very proud with how we competed and kept momentum going from our earlier meet that week,” Husak said. “The boys were also very flexible with stepping up into different roles in relay events when called upon.”

      Also competing for the Orioles at the Cascade meet were: long jump- Foley (10th) 13-8; shot put- Tristan Malanaphy (14th) 29-8.5; discus- Malanaphy (20th) 66-3; 100- Mason (16th) 14.17, Feltes (17th) 14.43, Rabe (19th) 14.66, Malanaphy (26th) 17.96; 200- Malanaphy (22nd) 37.84; 1600- Robertson (8th) 5:35.92.

      The Springville boys got their first taste of track and field since the 2019 campaign Monday, March 29, at Benton Community, and the Orioles more than made up for lost time with some outstanding performances.

      “I was very excited and even surprised in a few areas,” Husak said. “We came away with a nice portion of points. We have been putting in good work with the later start to our season and the boys just got after it.”

      And the championships came quickly as Menster soared to a first-place finish in the high jump clearing the bar set at 5-8 while Koppes was second claiming the second-place spot on fewer misses during his journey to 5-6.

      Feltes claimed the top spot in the shot put after coming through with a 40-4.5 toss that won the title by a half inch over South Tama’s Eli Keahna.

      After all the field event success, relays took over for the Orioles as Koppes, DeMean, Menster and Brady paced the 4x800 team to a third-place showing in 9:46.80 while Hoogland, Koppes, Menster and DeMean combined to lead the 4x400 team to another third-place effort after their 3:50.31 clocking.

      Also competing for the Orioles at the Benton Community meet in Van Horne were: long jump- Brady (13th) 16-5.5, Foley (19th) 14-5; shot put- Malanaphy (27th) 29-4; discus- Feltes (10th) 91-8, Malanaphy (28th) 62-8; 3200- Robertson (8th) 12:40.85; 100- Hoogland (7th) 13.49, Feltes (21st) 14.76, Jackson Robinson Valley (26th) 15.69, Malanaphy (32nd) 18.55; 400- Foley (8th) 1:05.73, Rabe (11th) 1:06.84, Ripple (13th) 1:07.64; 200- Hoogland (8th) 26.07, Rabe (27th) 31.02; 4x100 relay- Foley, Malanaphy, Ripple, Mason (10th) 58.68.

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