Perry High School hosted a number of teams at this season’s relays, with the host teams each earning a little over 50 points for a last place finish.
Despite the final result Matt Hardy, Jayettes’ head coach, couldn’t be prouder with his team’s attitude.
“We had the following season’s best efforts,”he said.
The Jayettes recorded just 55 points, three points behind the Roland-Story Norsemen’s 58 and 20 points fewer than the Greene County Rams’ 75.
The North Polk Comets took home the top spot with 176 points, followed by the Winterset Huskies with 136 and in third the Webster City Lynx with 82.
Ben Coy, Bluejays’ head coach, restated Hardy’s sentiments even with his team tallying just 58 points.
“Competition wise that was the best we have seen this year which is good,” Coy said. “We had personal records in five events (200, 1600, 800 Medley, 4x400, and 4x800). The 800 medley broke the school record by a little less than 2 seconds.”
The Ottumwa Bulldogs scored first place with 169 points with the Boone Toreadors earning second with 140 points. In third place was the Norwalk Warriors with 77 and finishing fourth with 77 was the Carroll Tigers.
Jayettes’ Breanna Penenger, Sidney Vancil and the 4x800-relay team recorded the team’s highest finishes each placing second.
Vancil ran a 2:32.76 in the 800 while Penenger finished the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:18.63.
The 4x800 team of Penenger, Vancil, Haley Vaughn and Grace Stewart were less than a second behind first place with a time of 10:47.14
For the boys, Coy admitted that some teams need to fine tune a couple of mechanical issues, which might result in better times. Coy said that the handoffs were not great in the relay races.
Coy took a minute to send out some positive feedback for a team he felt are on the cusp of making some big strides.
“The 4x400 took another three seconds off of their season best and has put themselves back in the hunt to qualify for the Drake Relays,” he said. “They will need to take another second and a half off to solidify a spot. The past couple years the cutoff has been in the mid 3:27 range.”
In the 4x400 Reece Dunlap, Brandon Kenyon, Rashon Ivory and Adan Medina came in second place with a run of 3:28.55.
Dunlap also managed another second place finishing the 200-meter dash just a hundredth of a second behind first place with a time of 23.18.
The Bluejays final second place finish of the day came from the 4x800 team of Brandon Kenyon, Alexis Garrido, Zachary Thompson and Kaleb Olejniczak who ran a 8:42.40.
Both teams were back in action on Tuesday when they traveled to Greene County to corral the Rams.