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Jasper County Tribune

Van Dyke leads Tigerhawk boys at outdoor opener

PELLA — The Colfax-Mingo boys’ track team doesn’t have a full set of hurdles. The Tigerhawks have barely practiced those hurdles outdoors on their track.

They do most of their work with them in the hallways of the school or on the football field.

But that didn’t stop a foursome from setting a new school record in the first outdoor meet of the season on March 27.

Sophomore Trinity Schroeder, senior Reegan Van Dyke, senior Nick Barnes and junior Zarek Hill turned in a winning performance that was clocked at 1 minute, 4.44 seconds to set a new school benchmark.

And according to Colfax-Mingo boys’ track and field coach Matt Barkalow, it’s only the beginning for that group.

“I am really happy for our kids,” Barkalow said.

“We set a school record in less than ideal weather conditions. I think we dial that number down as we go through the season. Great work by Coach (Phil) Grant with our hurdlers. The boys are hungry in this event. Their hard work has paid off.”

Van Dyke was part of three wins on the night. Aside from helping the shuttle hurdle relay to a win, he also won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and was the winner in the 110-meter high hurdles.

The Tigerhawks were 1-2 in the high hurdles. Van Dyke won with a time of 17.4 seconds, and Barnes finished second in 18.07.

There were only a handful of teams in attendance at Pella Christian High School.

The Tigerhawks, because of weather and for precautionary reasons, did not compete in an event after the 110 high hurdles.

“The month of May is a more important month than March, and the reward later will be better than risking anything now,” Barkalow said.

Aside from Van Dyke and Barnes finishing 1-2 in the high hurdles, senior Nathan Evans was fourth in 20.45.

The sprint medley relay team of senior Ethan Summy, sophomore Zack Barnes, Hill and junior Holister Koenig were second in 1:48.43.

Senior Colton Lourens finished third in the discus with a toss of 124-7. Schroeder was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17-8.

In the 3,200, Michael Loney finished third in 14:00.43 and Avery Lees was fourth in 14:14.49.

The Tigerhawks are scheduled to compete in a boys’ only meet at 4:30 p.m. on April 6 in Baxter. The coed meet at Lynnville-Sully on April 3 was canceled due to weather.

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