The Oskaloosa Boys and Girls Track & Field teams sent athletes to compete on the blue oval at the State Track Meet this past weekend at Drake University.
The Oskaloosa Boys Track & Field team set two new school records at the state meet, one in the 4×400 relay and one in the 800 meter run.
Friday saw Jaden VanRoekel bounce back from his tumble Thursday to compete in the 110 Hurdles. Jaden ran and competed well, finishing in 20th in 16.09. Friday’s last event was the 4 x 400 prelims. The quartet of Carter Huyser, Talon Munger, Shane Hoven, and Brayden VanKampen ran an incredible race. Carter started things off with a 49 second splithanding off first to Talon. Talon made the break and fought to keep the lead in heat one of three in a split time of 51.0. Shane Hoven was the third gritty Indian to compete and split his personal best of 52.7 handing off to Brayden to bring it home. Brayden also set a new PR best of 51.9, showing some grit as well by holding off a challenge late in the last 50 meters to secure the spot in the finals Saturday. The team ran 3:26.03, which breaks a record on the Osky boards of a converted time from yards in 1967 in Oskaloosa. That was there a while!
Saturday brought more warm temps, rain delays, and good things. The medal count rose on Saturday as Carter Huyser and Talon Munger both competed in the 800. Talon ran a very gutsy 2:00.02 to finish 13th and Carter crushed another school record and came in second on the day in 1:56.03. This breaks the old record by more than two seconds. Then the rains rolled in to put everything on pause for two hours. When things got rolling again the Indians were ready as the 4×4 team competed in the finals. Their time on 3:30.34 secured a medal set and 7th place in the state.
The Oskaloosa Girls Track & Field team also sent two events to the State Meet on Friday.