DCG’s Glay hits gold standard, Mustangs track gets early start

DCG's Anthony Glay poses for a photo after earning the Class 4A Most Outstanding Athlete award at the IATC Indoor Championships on March 10 in Ames.
DCG's Anthony Glay poses for a photo after earning the Class 4A Most Outstanding Athlete award at the IATC Indoor Championships on March 10 in Ames.

As one of the most competitive track programs in the state, Dallas Center-Grimes’ boys and girls teams both found themselves in some early indoor competitions to kick off the season just a couple of weeks after bringing home a state basketball championship.

Boys

Among a list of 22 teams competing in Class 4A at the IATC Indoor Championships on Friday, the Mustangs finished in 14th place.

Headlining the day, Anthony Glay made a giant impression being awarded the Class 4A Most Outstanding Athlete after he won the long jump with a distance of 23-foot-¼. Not only was that a personal record but already qualified him for the Drake Relays. That was nearly two feet further than any other jumper for the day.

Glay’s legs also carried him to a fourth place mark in the high jump, climbing to 6-foot-1.

DCG’s field team looks to have some promise out of the throwers as well, claiming fifth and 14th place between Aidan Charlson (47-foot-7) and Nicholas Amdahl (42-7).

The distance teams also saw promising looks from Ben Every and Sam Mora who set their PR’s in the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. Every’s time of 10 minutes 8 seconds placed 15th while Sam Mora placed 14th at 4:41.72.

Girls

The girls team was supposed to be at the meet in Ames, but with poor weather day before, had to sit out this year’s IATC. Dallas Center still has a solid gauage moving into outdoor contests, though, having participated at the Dickinson Relays on March 6.

Thrower Kileigh Lachacz came out to finish 10th in the shot put, tossing a 36-foot-1 throw. Teammate Zoey Valenta put in a distance of 34-3 to take the 15th slot, giving DCG one of the best combos of the day.

Facing stiff competition, DCG’s only other top 20 solo finish came from Maddy Stevens in the 1,500-meter run. Her stopwatch stopped at 5 minute 10 seconds.

She worked together with Maddie Schmitz, Emerson McDermott and Meredith McDermott to take sixth place in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:12 among a slate of 59 teams. The 4x400 team with Schmitz, Meredith McDermott, Mara Redenius and Jordan Meyers also collected a sixth place time at 4:19. Local teams like Johnston, Dowling Catholic and Waukee Northwest finished ahead in both relays, giving an early look at rivalries that may develop this season.

While that was the end of the list that finished at the top of the standings, the Mustangs still had good times out of their roster with a handful of names reshifting goals.

Asia Jahangir set her personal record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.58 seconds, as did Bailey Macumber in the short hurdles for a PR at 11.12 seconds. Neither event is used in the outdoor season, however.

With some faces gone from last year’s distance and sprint teams, the Mustangs have some new names in the 400 and 800. The former saw Anna Bahnsen collect a PR at 1:07.73 for the team’s top time. In the 800, Haydn Little marked up 2:52.98 while Kate Busby’s 2:56.92 was a new personal low time.

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