The outdoor track and field season got off to a chilly and windy start for the Greene County High School teams on Monday as the Rams hosted their Coed Early Bird Meet at Linduska Field. The meet was called off with five girls and five boys events remaining after a cold front moved in and took temperatures from 73 degrees at 4:30 p.m. down to 40 at 7 p.m. Factor in strong westerly winds and wind chills were in the 20’s when the rest of the meet was cancelled.
Even though the weather played a factor, girls’ head coach Kelly Simpson was pleased with how the Rams did. “I really liked what our kids did and how they performed. Some of the measurements and some of the times they recorded in the wind and cold were impressive.”
The Greene County girls won seven of the 14 contested events and also placed second five times. One of the highlights came in the discus throw when junior Hannah Onken had a toss of 118′ 6″ to win the event. Coach Simpson said the distance is a personal best for Onken, and although many teams have not had an outdoor meet yet, he feels like that distance will have a chance to hold up for Drake Relays qualification. The top 24 throwers in the discus throw from anywhere in the state, regardless of class, qualify for the Drake Relays April 24-26 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The Audubon Early Bird girls’ meet is on the Greene County schedule for Thursday, April 3, weather permitting.