After a afternoon of track and field events Perry’s track teams recorded a fourth and third place finish at this season’s Cavanaugh Relays in Woodward.
The Bluejays teams total put them 21 points behind first place winners the Des Moines Christian Lions (151).
The Southeast Valley Jaguars (142.5) recorded second place with the host Woodward-Granger Hawks (133) finishing third.
Ben Coy, Bluejays head coach, was happy with the results of some events but pointed to mental mistakes and not effort as a reason for the low point score.
“We were disqualified in two relays because of dropped batons,” he said. “That will hurt you in a meet with eight teams, so when there is only four teams and you were counting on scoring high in those two events, that will hurt the overall score.
The competed well in the open events according to Coy who was elated with how some of his runners performed.
“It was nice to see Reece Dunlap and Adan Medina place first and third in the 400 and first and second in the 200,” Coy said. “Brandon Kenyon ran a good time in the 400 hurdles for his first time running that event this year. Kato Dougan had a personal record in the 800 to place second.”
The Jayettes, whose team placed third with a combined 137 points, finished 18-points shy of first place the host Woodward-Granger Hawks and three fewer points than the South East Valley Jaguars.
Matt Hardy, Jayettes head coach, was impressed but not shocked with the ways his girls dug deep and left it all out on the track.
“The 4x800 and 4x400 relays were exciting races, Emma Olejniczak and Sidney Vancil ran very strong anchor legs to secure victories right at the finish line.” he said.
In the 4x800, Olejniczak legged out her opponents and took the team form a certain second place finish to first.
Fellow teammate Vancil, turned on the jest in the final stretch of the 4x400 that enabled her to come all the way from third to first place.