The Missouri River Activities Conference track meet came to a close in its unscheduled second day on Monday night.
The Le Mars girls came out on top for their first team conference title in the MRAC and first conference title since winning the Lakes in 2010.
Le Mars went into the conference meet with a goal of winning it all by maximizing points in all events. Head Coach Tami Dunn says she was happy to see the girls get that done and take home the title.
The track meet was postponed due to lightning after finishing 13 events on Thursday. The Bulldogs then had to finish the final six events on Monday leaving a big question as to how that would affect them. Coach Dunn was worried about that, but the Bulldogs showed there was nothing to be worried about.
Le Mars has proven that they have what it takes to compete as a team against the best programs in the area. That does not mean they are winning every event, but Coach Dunn says that does not matter because they place well in all events.
The Bulldogs now get two days in between their final meet and Thursday’s state qualifying meet instead of the anticipated week. Coach Dunn says they will fine tune some things to make sure they can meet their full potential of events to get state.
On the boys side, Le Mars took home second place as a team proving they are one of the best the MRAC has to offer.
Once again, the Bulldog boys had to contend with the stopping and starting of the meet after a few days. Head Coach Caleb Van Otterloo says some of the guys still set personal best times even after all the waiting. He says that was really impressive considering the circumstances.
The Bulldogs proved again that they have some really strong distance runners. Le Mars took home a dominant win in the 4x800m Relay on Thursday which helped propel them to strong showings in other events. Coach Van Otterloo says the distance guys have put in some hard work, and it is showing late in the season.
The conference meet is nice to give the athletes a meet that means a little more before they ramp up the intensity at the state qualifying meet. Coach Van Otterloo says the Bulldogs still have some time in between now and Thursday to get things done and improved to put up their best marks.
Le Mars’ girls and boys track teams will run their state qualifying meets on Thursday at MOC-Floyd Valley.