Senior Dallas Wright won the long jump, the 60-meter high hurdles and finished second in the 200-meter dash to lead the Wildcat boys' track and field squad at the Central College Indoor Meet March 17. Wright took flight in the long jump with a career best (and 6th best all-time at CHS) leap of 20'9. Wright also ran a career best in the hurdles (8.34, tied for 4th fastest in the entire state from this entire indoor season) and another career best in the 200m dash (23.39). Fellow senior JJ Orput had another great showing as he took second in the 1600 and fifth in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Romello Gray threw 43'9" in the shot put to finish 4th. This was a 19 inch career best throw for Gray.
Other top 10 performances came from senior Drew Black in the 60-meter high hurdles where he ran 8.88 to finish 5th. Sophomore Nolan Brunsen ran the high hurdles for the first time this season in a meet and finished 8th while senior Josh Black finished 10th in his first high hurdle races of his career. Junior Riley Derrickson competed in the long jump for the first time in his career and finished tied for 8th (18'8"). Junior Cooper Schettler tied for 9th in the shot put with a career best throw of 40'9.
Athletes finishing in the top 20 include sophomore Trenton Beck (11th) in the high jump and 17th in the 60-meter high hurdles, sophomore Collin Lister in the 400m dash (12th) and 800m run (13th), junior Dane Wright (16th) in the high jump, sophomore Jonny Flaws (13th) in the 1600m run, and Derrickson (20th) in the 200m dash.
"This was a very competitive 20-team indoor meet with over 100 competitors in most of the events," said Head Coach Jared Fletcher. "We were able to take 35 boys to compete, 15 of whom had never competed at the high school level or in any sort of indoor meet. It was a great chance for our staff to evaluate a lot of kids before we get our full squad back at the conclusion of spring break and move into our outdoor season."
The Wildcats are set to compete in their first outdoor meet at the Simpson High School Classic on Tuesday, March 21st with a weather make-up date of Saturday, March 25th.