By Dylan Sheely
Both the CCA girls and boys track teams have officially entered the ‘championship phase’ of their seasons this past weekend. This is known as the period of time between the Drake Relays and state championships in which teams compete for Drake, conference, district and state titles.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were able to send athletes to the first phase of this piece of the season: The Drake Relays. The Drake relays are one of the biggest track and field events in the nation. High school athletes, as well as college and elite/olympic runners come together to compete against their respective groups.
For the Clipper girls, Ainsley Schrock qualified in the discus. Schrock came into drake with a personal best throw of 127’ 9’’. She was able to throw 116’ 4’’ and place 16th. She is currently second in 3A and will look to have continued success into the state championship meet.
The Creek boys were able to qualify for two events with Seb Johanson in the 110m high hurdles and the quartet of Matt Brimeyer, Johanson, Trevor Stockman and Alex Figueroa in the 4x100 meter relay.
In the high hurdles, Johansson entered Drake with a season best time of 15.04. This brought him in ranked 15th in the state. At Drake, he ran a 15.51 , which was good enough for a top 20 finish.
The 4x100m relay team previously ran a 24th in 3A time of 45.07. They put together a 45.55 at the Drake relays and now look forward to the state qualifying meet next Thursday in Pella.