ALBIA – On a brisk but calm wind evening, the Albia Boys Track team ran away with eight first-place finishes as they hosted Chariton, Centerville, and Oskaloosa for a quadrangular meet held at the Albia track facility. Seniors Tanner Wynn and Alex Schultz each grabbed three victories for the Blue Demons.
In a mid-distance race sweep, Wynn ran and won both the 400-meter open in a time of 53.36 and the 800-meter run in a time of 2:05.68. In addition to the races, Wynn won the high jump in a leap of 5-8.
“Tanner is one of the seniors that we are counting on to help us bring the conference title to Albia for the first time since 1939 this season,” Albia head boys track coach Todd Ratliff said. “He is focused early and determined to drop his times all season. It was an outstanding night for this young man.”
Schultz, who last season anchored the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relay teams at the state meet to finishes of seventh, second, and a state title resumed his solid work on the oval. Schultz raced to a 23.06 in the open 200-meter dash and also anchored the relay teams of Ryan Sarver, Brett Leshen and Luke Sarver in the 4x200 and 4x400 in times of 1:31.47 and 3:27.08.
“Alex is strong. His open 200 looked really sharp,” Ratliff said. “All four guys in the relays were just amazing. The times these four put together in both relays would have shattered school records prior to last year. It is a sign that they are well ahead of where we were a year ago.”
“What I think makes this exciting is the fact that there are still ways to improve on what they are doing and as we get a better base of conditioning and races in, we can be much faster.”