The lone victory for the Ankeny Centennial boys’ track team on Tuesday came from an unexpected source.
Ryan Uhl raced to a win in the 400 in the Hi Covey Relays at Ames. He posted a time of 52.42 seconds.
“Ryan volunteered for the race, had a personal record and a first-place finish,” said Centennial coach Nate Smith.
The Jaguars placed third in the seven-team field. They finished with 107.5 points.
Southeast Polk won the meet with 135 points. Sioux City North was second with 118.
Centennial got a runner-up finish in the 400 hurdles from Ethan Hauschildt, who was clocked in 59.92 seconds. He finished just ahead of teammate Ben Fountain, who was third in 59.95.
“Those two guys battled and continue to improve,” Smith said.
Jack Davis took third in the 110 hurdles. He posted a time of 15.98.
“Jack had a clean race and looked like a hurdler,” Smith said.
Isaiah Stearns placed second in the long jump. He jumped 19 feet 9.5 inches.
D’Eric Smith took third in the 200 in 23.02. Karsten Peters was third in the 400 in 55.07.
One of the best races of the night came in the 800, where Aniey Akok of Ames and Gabe Nash of Sioux City North both broke the 2-minute barrier. Centennial’s Connor Cunningham was fifth in a time of 2:01.49, and Nate Jones finished seventh in 2:02.59.
“They both ran great races,” Smith said.
The Jaguars added second-place finishes in the 4×100, shuttle hurdle and sprint medley relays.
“Alec Schneider has been a consistent leadoff runner in many of our sprint relays,” Smith said.