Greene County took a partial boys’ track & field squad to Saydel High School on the northeast side of Des Moines on a cold & windy Thursday. Coach Chad Morton’s Rams concentrated on a small number of events, looking to qualify for the Drake Relays. Junior Carter Morton is already an automatic Drake Relays qualifier in the high jump with a clearance of 6′ 8″ earlier this week. Morton did not high jump on Thursday.
Junior Colby Kafer is trying to break into to field of 24 in the long jump. He’s not there yet, but is getting close. Kafer won the event at Saydel with a leap of 21′ 2-1/4″, breaking his own school record for the seven years the Rams have competed as Greene County. That was also the only event Greene County won.
The 4 x 100 meter relay needs to be one of Iowa’s fastest 96 to make it to Drake and they remained in the chase for one of the last spots with a sixth place finish in :45.86 on Thursday with Tyler Teeples, Morton, Brent Riley, and Kafer. The all junior quartet shaved .53 off their previous best.
Next Thursday, April 18 at 11:59 p.m. is the cutoff for submitting performances for the Drake Relays, which are April 25-26-27 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The girls and boys from Greene County host the Rams Relays on Monday, April 15 at Linduska Field in Jefferson. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.