Perry track took on the Greene County RAM Relays Monday, April 15, grabbing a sixth-place finish for both the Bluejays and Jayettes among nine competing schools. Despite a lower team rank than hoped, individual success continues to grow with each meet.
For the boys, Kaleb Olejniczak put up another personal best in the 200-meter dash (24.08 seconds) for a third-place finish. Long distance stars Eduardo Sanchez (5:11.18) and Hayden McFarland (5:12.71) each set their 1,600 records as well but were unable to contribute team points. They finished seventh and eighth respectively.
The team relays in the 200 (1:40.01), 400 (3:42.85) and 800 (9:27.74) all marked new bests, grabbing two third-place spots and a second-place bid in the 400. Alex Morales’ discus throw (103-4) boosted his personal high as well, but again, Perry was unable to rank in the event.
Additionally, the 800 sprint medley (1:39.45) team grabbed the Bluejays’ lone first-place finish, less than a second faster than the Greene County team. That single performance was overshadowed by the Jayettes’ evening with two first-place finishes.
Freshman Jaylene Karolus continues to grab the spotlight, running laps around the competition. She took first-place in both the 1,500 (5:29.76) and 3,000 (11:53.19). The latter being almost two minutes faster than the silver medalist. At Karolus’ pace, she probably could have run once more around the track and still took the top prize.
Underclassmen for the Jayettes shined in other events too, as sophomore Jasmine Shriver placed third in the 200 (28.48), and sophomore Cris Gomez took fifth in the 800 (2:57.24).
In a night filled with personal bests, Perry will look for new highs Thursday evening as the Jayettes travel to Webster City and the Bluejays convene at Newton for invitationals.