Osky 7th grade track

Members of the Oskaloosa seventh-grade boys track team that recently concluded a successful season are: front row from left: Logan Lunsford, Skylar DeJong, Blake Marolf, Dylon James and Brandon Shafer. Second row: Seth Shilling, Jared Boggess, David Anderson, Zach Randau, Tyler McKinney and Alex Ahler. Third row: Jordan Silvers, Tanner Lanphier, Mitchell Schaffner, Dylan Tuttle, Garrit VanMaanen, Lake Heaton and Bailey Barnhart. Fourth row: Kamron VanHulzen, Jared Buckallew, Logan Gross, Brad Ware, T.J. Boyle and Kijana DeJong. Top row: Jared Pace, Cody Tuttle, Griffin Wonderlich and Dawson Ewing. Not pictured: Sam Ginaven, Max Johnson and Nate VanVeldhuizen.

The Oskaloosa seventh-grade boys track team recently concluded a very successful season.

The team captured first place at the Ottumwa Relays, at Davis County, at the Knoxville Relays and Norwalk while placing second at the Pella Relays and the Little Hawkeye Conference meet.

The team scored 786 points this season, averaging 131 points per meet. It collected an average of seven first-place finishes of the 18 events at each meet and the team scored in 90 percent of the events (94 of 104).

The team leaves their first track season with five school records — the second most in school history. The 1992 squad set seven school records during that season.

Jared Pace set three school records in the 100, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He set the record in the 100 in 11.91, 200 in 24.08 and the 400 in 56.46.

Skylar DeJong lowered the record in the 1,600 run to 5:07.25 while the quartet of DeJong, Jared Boggess, Mitchell Schaffner and Jared Buckallew set a school record in the 4x800 in the time of 10:02.50.

Dylan Tuttle had season-best performances in the discus of 83 feet, 10 inches and the shot put of 31-3 while Buckallew and Kijana DeJong both cleared 4-8 in the high jump and Pace jumped 16-8.5 in the long jump. Skylar DeJong’s best time in the 800 run was 2:21.84 and Blake Marolf had a season-best time in the 7-flight hurdles of 12.98. Max Johnson had a time of 28.44 in the 200 hurdles for the team’s best performance in that event.

Other season-best times were: shuttle hurdle (53.10), 4x100 (55.88), 4x200 (2:01.80), 4x400 (4:08.00), sprint medley (1:59.83) and distance medley (4:33.36).


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