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April 24, 2013

Grinnell, Pella top at McCormick Relays

OSKALOOSA — Amid rain showers at the annual McCormick Relays, one athlete had a stellar night.

Seventh-grader Avery Van Zee broke three relay records to help Pella to a second-place finish in the team race. Grinnell topped the seventh-grade field with 135 points while Pella was second. Pella outdistanced Oskaloosa 140-101 in the eighth-grade race.

Van Zee won the 100-meter dash in 11.82 seconds breaking a 6-year-old record. He also grabbed the 100-meter hurdles title breaking a 2-year-old record with a time of 15.96. His final win and record came in the 200-meter hurdles with a time of 27.95. He broke the record set in 1992.

Oskaloosa seventh-graders did not win an event, but scored several second-place finishes.

Shawn Harris helped the eighth-grade team winning the long jump with a leap of 17-feet-1-inch. Bennett Spry took the 200-meter hurdle title with a run of 29.24.

The meet ran smoothly until rain and a slight wind moved in before the final three events. The athletes did not allow the weather to deter them from their competitiveness.

McCormick Relays

7th Grade

Team standings — 1. Grinnel, 135; 2. Pella 122; 3. Newton 110; 4. Oskaloosa 73; 5. Knoxville 71; 6. Ottumwa 27; 7. Centerville 20.

8th Grade

Team standings — 1. Pella 140; 2. Oskaloosa 101; 3. Ottumwa 100; 4. Knoxville 69; 5. Grinnell 56; 6. Newton 53; 7. Centerville 38.

Oskaloosa Results

High Jump

7th Grade

9. Jaden VanRoekel 4-4, 12. Tanner DeKock 4-2.

8th Grade

2. J’Vonn Harris 5-0, 7. Jack Moore 4-10, 10. Drew Sams 4-6.

Long Jump

7th Grade

4. Vincent Ramirez 14-9.5, 5. Tucker Nunnikhoven 14-7, 9. Spencer Tucker 13-5.75.

8th Grade

1. Shawn Harris 17-1, 11. Bennett Spry 14-10, 13. Kyler Salazar 14-6.

Shot Put

7th Grade

2. Blake VanVeldhuizen, 31-11.25, 13. Kadin Utterback, 21-11.25, 14. Spencer Little, 19-8.5.

8th Grade

5. Callin Tomlin, 36-3.25, 7. Matt Hynick, 35-6.

Discus

7th Grade

5. Blake VanVeldhuizen, 84-0, 12. Kadin Utterback, 58-5, 14. Josh Nord, 48-5.

8th Grade

6. Callin Tomlin 102-7, 12. Clayton Danner 80-8, 20. John Hirl 59-3.

3,200 Relay

7th Grade

2. Alex DeJong, Jaden VanRoekel, Dakota Durst, Alex Chapman 10:54.50.

8th Grade

2. Drew Sams, Tim VanDonselaar, Addison VanDeWall, Colton Berg 10:15.70.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay

7th Grade

2. Jacob Kime, Keaton DeKock, Alex DeJong, Jaden VanRoekel 1:18.9.

8th Grade

3. Andy Sterner, Kyler Salazar, Jack Moore, Seth Crook 1:18.15.

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