BAXTER — As the temperatures dipped below the 40 degree mark, the Colfax-Mingo boys and girls teams took to the track Tuesday night at the Raider Invitational in Baxter.
Although the Tigerhawk boys finished seventh out of the eight schools participating at the invite, Head Coach Matt Barkalow said the team continues to progress.
“Each meet you look for improvements, and numerous guys were able to achieve their goals,” Colfax-Mingo boy’s head coach Matt Barkalow said. “Goal-setting is a huge part of track and field, and our team has really embraced all aspects of what it takes to create and achieve goals—then set even loftier ones moving forward. I am really proud of their efforts and attitudes and look forward to continued improvement.”
The Tigerhawks scored points in nine separate events at Baxter, with fourth place finishes in two relay and two field events.
The 4x800-meter relay team of Clayton Brown, Jaden Rusk, Jake Buehrer and Jake Lietz took fourth in 9:12.09. In the 4x400-meter relay, runners Blake Summy, Jaden Rusk, Gabe Simpson and Lietz came in fourth with a time of 3 minutes 48.69 seconds.
Fourth place in the long jump also went to Summy, with a leap of 18 feet 1.25 inches. He is the overall points leader so far this season for the C-M boys followed closely by Lietz, with scores of 24.75 and 21.50 respectively.
In the shot put, Ethan Opfer as finished fourth, throwing for 39’ 09”.
“I was really proud of how the boys pushed through on a cold night,” Barkalow said.
Other Tigerhawk top eight finishers from Monday include: the shuttle hurdle team of Colin Lourens, Cody Brodka, Richard Blom and Sean Borts finished sixth in 1:17.67; in the 400-meter dash, Lietz came in seventh with a time of 56.04 seconds; Opfer, Juan Gonzales, Kyle Breen and land Dunblazier took seventh in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:45.20; in the 4x100 relay Opfer, Gonzales, Breen and Gabe Simpson finished seventh in 50.86 seconds; and eighth place in the distance medley relay went to the team of Gonzales, Dunblazier, Breen and Lourens.
Fellow Jasper County team and invite host Collins-Maxwell/Baxter won Monday’s contest with 164 total team points.
The top finish of the the night for the Tigerhawk girls came in the 400-meter dash, when Dakota Hostetter was narrowly defeated by CMB’s Bridget Hurley in the final 20 meters of the race. Hostetter finished in 63.80 seconds, .39 seconds behind Hurely.
As the sun began to set, C-M Girls Head Coach Zach Tomas’ felt the nip in the air, and for safety he made a judgement call.
“I pulled most of the girls off after the open (the) 800-meter due to the cold temperatures. We have way too much going for us to risk an injury at this point in the season,” Tomas said.
Tomas also said that the team was missing several “key contributors” due to an overlapping soccer match.
In the 3,000-meter run, C-M’s Iva Moore took second in 12:24.56 with Kennedi Hostetter placing fourth in 12:32.01. McKinsie Tjaden crossed the line in fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13:24 seconds. She also placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 66:15 seconds.
In the 800-meter run Hostetter finished fifth in 2:36.00. Third place in the 200-meter dash went to Tjaden in 27.37 seconds. The 4x100-meter relay team of Jessica Albright, Brianna Cooper, Hostetter and Tjaden took second in 54.04. Kayla Van Dusseldorp took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 32’.
C-M finished eighth in the nine team contest with South Hardin taking the top team spot.
The Tigerhawks boys travel to Saydel tonight and the girls are on the road at Ogden.