Perry’s track and field teams may not have finished where they wanted, but some of their players posted some impressive numbers at this season’s Davis Relays.
It’s been the same home opener for a number of seasons. The Davis Relays are the first of many 2019 home competitions for the squad.
The final results for the Thursday, March 28 contest may not have been what the fans and coaches wanted, but some athletes might’ve set a precedent for things to come.
Kato Dougan, the Bluejays senior, recorded the team’s lone first-place finish when he posted an 18-08.25 result in the long jump. His measurement, though garnering him first, was 19.50 inches less than his season best.
“I was happy with how Kato jumped,” boys head coach Ben Coy said. “The conditions were not great and for him to win that event with a couple of quality jumpers was a good start to the outdoor season for him.”
Dougan also inked a top-three finish when he placed third overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.15.
Alongside Dougan were two Jayettes, Jasmine Shriver and Jaylene Karolus. Both Jayettes finished their day with multiple top-three finishes.
In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Shriver posted a season-best 13.89 for a second place finish. She also placed third for her time of 28.32 in the 200.
Long-distance runner Karolus recorded a second place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:41.63. In the 1,500-meter run, she posted a 5:30.74, for third overall.
“Freshman Jaylene Karolus was unaffected by the adverse weather,” girls head coach Matt Hardy said. “ Both times were within a half second of her seed time.”
In the 4x200 relay, Shriver, who ran anchor, along with Quinn Whiton (sophomore), Magley Orellana (junior) and Alyssa Grow (freshman) finished second with a time of 1:59.34.
As a team, the Jayettes scored a combined 51 points for fifth overall. The Bluejays totaled 44 points for sixth place.
“We had a few keys pieces not compete for a couple of different reasons which hurt, but it gave a chance for others to step up,” Coy said.
The Panorama girls at 190 and Des Moines Christian boys at 153 took top honors. In second were the Carroll girls (104) and AC/GC boys (118). Third place belonged to the AC/GC girls (88) and Carroll boys (95).
Fourth went to the Winterset girls (66) and Panorama boys (78). The Saydel squads finished fifth and sixth. The boys (61) were fifth and the girls (38) were sixth.
The squads will head to Woodward on Thursday, April 4 for another varsity coed invitational.