The Ankeny Centennial boys’ track team took advantage of Thursday’s decent weather to win five events at the Southeast Polk Invitational.
The Jaguars captured four relays and set two meet records en route to a third-place finish overall. They scored 97.5 points, while Ankeny won three events and finished fifth in the nine-team field with 73 points.
Southeast Polk won the meet with 152 points. The Rams edged runner-up Valley by 4.5 points.
Centennial took the 4×100 relay in 43.18 seconds, which set a meet record. That team consisted of Ryan VanBaale, Avery and Jensen Gates, and Riley Moss.
VanBaale and Moss also helped the Jaguars set a meet record in the 4×200 relay. They teamed up with Josh Decker and Brendan Hoy to post a time of 1:29.96.
Ankeny was led by sophomore Jacob Baier, who swept the throwing events. He won the discus with a toss of 155 feet 10.5 inches and the shot put with a throw of 51-1.
“Jacob has really worked hard in the offseason to improve his technique and explosiveness,” said Ankeny coach Nick Nelson.
The Hawks also won the 4×800 relay. The quartet of Connor Farrell, Cole Johnson, Joey Reichenbacker and Tim Sindt posted a time of 8:24.63.
Sindt added a second-place finish in the 800. He was clocked in 2:05.89.
Centennial’s Camden Cox raced to an easy victory in the 3,200. He posted a time of 9:31.01 to win the race by more than 15 seconds.
The Jaguars won the shuttle hurdle relay in 59.21, edging Carlisle by .04 seconds. That squad was comprised of Moss, Jon Wong, Nathan Reinke and Joel Hyler.
Centennial also won the sprint medley relay. The Gates brothers teamed up with Decker and Ahren Davis to post a time of 1:39.26.
Here are the rest of Ankeny and Centennial’s top finishes:
100–A. Gates (AC), 11.49 (4th).
200–Decker (AC), 23.84 (5th).
400–Thomas Collins (AC), 54.40 (5th); Jalen Elwell (A), 54.99 (6th).
1,600–Jonah Vicker (AC), 4:48.97 (6th).
3,200–Curt Peters (AC), 10:34.29 (6th).
400 hurdles–Drake DeAngelo (AC), 58.92 (3rd).
High jump–Karter Kester (AC), 5-10 (tied for 3rd); James Jacavino (AC), 5-8 (6th).
Long jump–Kyle Johnson (A), 19-8.5 (6th).
4×200–Ankeny (Cooper Cox, Max Griffin, Cael Boyd, Brody Brecht), 1:34.63 (3rd).
4×800–Centennial (J. Vicker, Gabe Vicker, Seth Pippett, Ben Lyons), 8:30.05 (3rd).
Sprint medley–Ankeny (Brecht, Nick Scherle, Cox, Ryan Utterback), 1:41.44 (3rd).
Distance medley–Centennial (Dylan DeAngelo, Kester, Keaton Gray, Jayden Oshirak), 3:52.74 (3rd).