BROOKLYN — During an interview earlier this season, Prairie City-Monroe junior Noah Anderson said the one goal a few of his Mustang teammates had in the early part of the track and field season was to qualify the 4x100-meter relay for the Drake Relays next week.
After running a season-best time Tuesday, Anderson and his teammates are sitting in a good position.
The foursome of senior Luke Greiner, sophomore Preston Van Wyk, sophomore Brayton Van Dyke and Anderson won the race in 45.05 seconds.
The Mustangs claimed five wins, five second-place finishes and three bronze-medal performances and those efforts pushed PCM to another team title. PCM won the meet with 131 points, edging Bondurant-Farrar by seven.
The 45.05 ran in the 4x100 by Greiner, Van Wyk, Van Dyke and Anderson is the 58th best time in the state so far. The top 80 times in the event qualify for the Drake Relays. PCM coach Collin Harrison said that time has been fast enough to advance in four of the last five seasons.
Finishing behind Bondurant-Farrar in third was East Marshall with 84 points.
Host BGM was fourth with 78, North Mahaska finished fifth with 58 and Belle Plaine and Pella Christian both scored 54.
Three of the other four wins for PCM came from senior Noah Clark in the discus, senior Chris Ellens in the 3,200 and sophomore Cole Dustin in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Clark’s best throw in the discus covered 135 feet, 4 inches. Clark was third in the shot put with a career-best throw of 44-0 1/2.
Teammate Leevi Telfer was second in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 44-2.
Ellens’ winning time in the two mile was clocked at 10:11.77. He was second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:44.57.
Dustin won the 110 high hurdles in 16.0. He also anchored the shuttle hurdle relay to a win. That foursome of sophomores Jarron Trausch, Van Wyk, Nick Buswell and Dustin completed the race in a season-best time of 1:04.1.
Buswell gave the Mustangs a 1-3 finish in the 110 highs. He was third with a time of 18.2.
Anderson finished second in two individual events and anchored the 4x200 relay to a runner-up finish.
Anderson’s silver-medal performance in the 100 was clocked at 11.63 and his second-place finish in the 200 came in 24.17.
The 4x200 relay included Greiner, Van Wyk, sophomore Payton Strovers and Anderson and they finished in 1:37.31.
Greiner claimed the final top-three finish, placing third in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-11 1/2.
The Mustangs have one more meet before the Drake Relays cutoff date. PCM competes at 5 p.m. Thursday at South Hamilton.