MOC-Floyd Valley High School boys track and field coach Joel Bundt was full of interesting statistics following Tuesday’s Dutch Relays.
He noted it had been 698 days since the MOC-Floyd Valley teams had last competed.
He also noted that for a full day, the coaches and organizers fretted over the weather forecast, which called for thunderstorms that could have forced the cancellation of the meet and continued the lengthy wait to compete.
“There was a hungry attitude in every aspect of the meet,” Bundt said. “For many athletes, including ours, this was the first meet of the season and the first meet in nearly two years. Many of our athletes last competed in middle school.”
The 2020 track and field season, and all spring sports at the high school level in Iowa, were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“There was a lot of excitement,” Bundt said. “We were anticipating great things last year, which made the cancellation of the season even more painful. The excitement this year is as great or greater. The coaching staff was bursting with excitement to see our teams compete and we did not walk away disappointed.”
There is a certain advantage to hosting the meet.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s girls and boys squads competed in Class A, but the school also entered junior varsity teams in the Class B portion. That meant that even though it was not an unlimited entry event, if you count every time an MOC-Floyd Valley athlete participated in an event, the number of performances by the Dutch was 222. With many athletes participating in four events, the Dutch girls totaled 133 performances and the boys had 89.
As an added bonus for the Dutch, each of the varsity teams won the Class A portion of the meet.
Bundt said it was the first sweep of its kind for the MOC-Floyd Valley track and field programs in more than 24 years.
It seems early, but . . .
We aren’t even really two full weeks into the track season, but that means there are only about six weeks left.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced the sites for their combined state-qualifying meets on Monday.
The 2021 edition of those competitions is set for Thursday, May 13, in all classes.
While the list of teams going to each site has not yet been released, looking at the possible locales it is a pretty good bet that all the Class 3A teams in N’West Iowa will be at MOC-Floyd Valley in Orange City, the Class 2A teams will be at West Sioux in Hawarden and the Class 1A teams will be at Lawton-Bronson.
Seven Sioux Center Storm seniors made the academic all-state list for boys hockey put out by the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association.
To make the list, the athlete must be a senior and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher over the last three years.
The Storm’s honorees were Lane Kamerman and Taylor De Jager, who attend Sioux Center, Blake Vande Vegte, Dayton Visser, Kyle Schubert and Levi Dykstra of Unity Christian and Kutter Wright of LeMars.