Five relay teams earned points for the Cascade boys track and field team to help the Cougars fight their way to 12th-place at the River Valley Conference meet held in Camanche May 2.
Bellevue racked up 138.5 points to easily win the conference title. Northeast was second at 83.5 points, 55 points behind the Comets. Host Camanche was third (82) followed by Tipton (73.5), Mid-Prairie (73), Monticello (61.5), Anamosa (59.5), West Liberty (50) and Durant (38). Iowa City Regina (26) finished 10th ahead of West Branch (18.50), Cascade (15), North Cedar (14) and Wilton (8).
“I was very proud of all the boys and how they competed at the River Valley Championships,” said Chris Curry, head coach. “The guys continue to improve and again posted many season and career bests. We look forward to the district championship meet in Monticello Thursday.”
The team’s best finish was by the 4x100 team of Jose Nava Vega, Logan Otting, Hugh Molony, Isaac Nava who were third with a season best time of 46.04.
The 4x800 team of Hunter Vogel, Carson Nauman, Cole Miller and Isaac Nava took sixth with a season best time of 9:05.87.
Miller and Isaac Nava teamed with Hunter Vogel and Tyler Kaalberg to run a season best 3:41.83 in the 4x400 for a seventh-place finish.
Jose Nava, Tanner Simon, Isaac Nava and Vogel make up the 4 x 200 team who took eighth place (1:40.24).
The Cougars were also eighth in the sprint medley. Otting, Molony, Miller and Nauman combined to run a 3:55.11, which was a full seven seconds faster than their previous best time of the year.
Brady Graff’s seventh place in the 110-high hurdles (16.89) was the only individual finish to earn points for the Cougars even though Molony had personal best times in the 100 (12.13) and 200 (24.77). Kaalberg had a PR in the 400 (56.33) and Ben Fransen ran a PR in the 800 (2:23.06), but neither of them could break into the top eight of those events.