Ankeny distance runner Tim Sindt continues to make steady progress on the track.
Sindt, who won a Class 4A state cross country title last fall, raced to an easy victory in the 1,600 during the Gary DouBrava Invitational on Tuesday at Urbandale. He won the event in a time of 4:31.87, finishing more than 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Tyler Loecke of Waukee.
Sindt underwent surgery in February to correct a heart problem and sat out the indoor season.
“I’m happy with my race as a starting point, but I definitely did not push as hard as I could have and needed to (in order) to qualify for the Drake Relays,” Sindt said. “But I feel very good conditioning-wise and expect to only feel better as the season progresses.”
Ankeny placed eighth in the eight-team field. The Hawks finished with 29 points, getting 10 of them from Sindt’s victory.
Waukee won the team title for the third straight year, racking up 148 points. Owen Minshall swept the jumping events for the Warriors, who had five first-place finishes.
Dowling Catholic placed second with 126 points. Urbandale, which won four of the seven relays, took third with 88 points.
Ankeny’s Jacob Baier placed third in the discus with a toss of 155 feet 6 inches. He finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 48-9.5.
The Hawks took third in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:34.14. That team consisted of Max Griffin, Ryan Utterback, Anyoun Anyoun and Jalen Elwell.
Ankeny also scored points in four other relays:
4×100–Cooper Cox, Max Smith, Peyton Agan and Nick Scherle, 45.41 (5th).
4×200–Carter McMullen, Jackson Norgaard, Agan and Mason Thompson, 1:38.91 (6th).
4×800–Cole Johnson, Elwell, Joey Reichenbacker and Aiden McCombs, 8:30.59 (5th).
Shuttle hurdle–Scherle, Thompson, Brody Brecht and Cael Boyd, 1:05.07 (6th).