The Perry Bluejays finished in third place with 74 team points at this season’s Raccoon River Conference (RRC) Coed Invitational.
First place was Carlisle with 149 points and finishing second was the Boone Toreadors with 91 points.
The May 4, invite hosted by Winterset High School saw the host finishing fourth with 65 points followed by Bondurant-Farrar with 60 which tied Adel-Desoto-Minburn who placed sixth. The Ballard Bombers’ 52 placed them seventh with Carroll in last place with 38.
“I was very happy with the outcome of the meet,” Ben Coy, Bluejays’ head coach said. “I thought if we ran our very best and then some we could place third.”
The boys went out and ran very well, which was nice to see, continued Coy who made a point to how successful the track team performed.
“The fact that we scored 74 points and zero points came from field events I think shows the success we had on the actual track,” Coy said.
It was seventh place for the Perry Jayettes who combined for just 17 team points. The Carlisle girls also earned first place with 174 points and ADM nabbed second with 140.
In third place was Boone with 93 points and in fourth place was the host with 76 points. Carroll’s 51 landed them fifth, Ballard finished sixth with 30 and placing eighth with eight was the Bondurant-Farrar Lady Jays.
For the Bluejays, Reece Dunlap, had a solid day recording two individual first place finishes, one second place finish and helped the 800-sprint medley team earn first place.
“Reece had a big night for us placing first in the 200 and 400 and running a personal record in both,” Coy said. “He placed second in the 100 and beat two runners that have beat him all year in that race.”
He ran a 22.27 in the 200, which according to Coy dropped almost a half second. He ran the 400 in under 51 seconds with a time of 50.76.
Dunlap wasn’t the only Bluejay contributing to Perry’s successful afternoon. Also in the mix was Adan Medina, Brandon Kenyon and Kaleb Olejniczak, who all three Coy felt ran very well.
“Adan Medina was seeded fifth in the 400 and placed fourth, and [he] was seeded sixth in the 200 and ran a personal record to place fifth,” Coy said.
In the 800 meter, Kenyon along with Dunlap, Medina and Mana Martinez’s run of 1:37.22 broke their own previous school record.
Another worthy performance was Olejniczak who was seeded sixth in the 800 but managed fifth place with a 2:15.11.
“He too also ran two solid legs for us in the 4x800 and 4x200,” Coy said. “We had a lot of help from other runners. It was overall a good night.”
It wasn’t a top three team finish for the Jayettes but they managed to secure three top five individual performances and one team performance.
Perry’s Sidney Vancil earned fourth place as did Grace Stewart while Breanna Penenger recorded a fifth place finish. In team events the 4x800 team placed third.
In the 800 Vancil finished with a time of 2:30.97, Stewart ran a 12:31.92 in the 3000, and Penenger ran a 1:16.06 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The 4x800 team of Penenger, Damaris Robles, Jaky Castaneda and Joselyn Carrillo finished their race with a time of 11:29.94.
Both teams are back at practice this Wednesday as they prepare for District Competition this Thursday hosted by Denison High School.