IOWA CITY — After a long two years, the Oskaloosa track and field team finally returned to competition on Saturday at Iowa City, Regina. The Osky girls wasted little time picking up their first win of the season to earn the victory lap with 123 points while the boys took third amongst seven teams with 120 points.
The girls were led by nine first place finishes on the day headlined by a huge day from Sophia Dykstra. The Army-commit took first place in the discus and shot put. Her discus throw of 142-05 was a personal best, meet best and a Drake Relays Blue Standard qualifier. Not bad for the first meet of the season. Her throw of 37-08 was also a personal best and good enough to take first in shot put.
Maleah Walker picked up the other field event victory for the Indians with a long jump of 16-1.5. It was one of four wins for Walker on the day as she won the 200 with a time of 26.78 and was also a part of Osky’s win in the 4x200 and sprint medley.
The 4x200 consisted of Walker, Macie Krier, Faith DeRonde and Jordan Czerwinski and took first with a time of 1:53.84. The sprint medley had the same four girls and a time of 1:56.67 to take first.
Czerwinski would also go on to win the 400 hurdles with a personal best time of 1:13.86.
In the distance events, Evelyn Adam took first in the 1,500 with a time of 6:24.03 while Addison Carter won the 3,000 with a time of 13:05.55.
All in all, it was a great start for the Indians, who also finished with 15 new personal bests on the day.
“We saw a lot of great things today and the coaches were super proud of the efforts of all of the girls,” Oskaloosa girls track and field head coach Betsy Luck said.
On the boys side, Oskaloosa brought home three golds on the day.
Patrick DeRonde led the way by winning the 3,200 with a time of 10:49.81.
The shuttle hurdle quartet of Donivan Tighe, Hunter Peterson, Tatum Westercamp and Reed Brown took first with a time of 1:09.23.
In the field events, the Indians had strong showings in the high jump as Riley Humphrey (5-2) and Jacob Jones (5-0) went one-two. Colin Snitker (17-0.25) and Brown (16-8.5) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the long jump while Warren Feudner took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 38-02.
“After two years away our kids competitive spirit showed through,” Oskaloosa boys track and field head coach Mike Sterner said. “We are looking forward to Tuesday for a chance to run in some different events as we will head to Chariton.”
Girls team standings
1. Oskaloosa (123), 2. Clear Creek Amana (98), 3. Independence (89), 4. Iowa City Regina (45), 5. Columbus Catholic (10), 6. West Liberty (6)
Boys team standings
1. Cascade (141), 2. Independence (130), 3. Oskaloosa (120), 4. Columbus Catholic (91), 5. Iowa City Regina (54), 6. Iowa City Liberty (49), 7. West Liberty (34)