The Gehlen Catholic boys track and field team continued their string of postseason success on Thursday night. The Jays took home their third consecutive state qualifying meet title in Lawton scoring 142 points as a unit.
Gehlen Catholic head coach Jeremy Schindler has been with the track team now for a decade, and he has seen the growth it has shown over those seasons. He says the biggest instigator of that growth has been changing track from individual success to team success, and the team has bought into that.
The best part about meets late in the season is when they bring out a season’s worth of work into improvements in times or distances. Coach Schindler says that was shown in abundance on Thursday night with the relays specifically.
The boys track team at Gehlen Catholic has a history of competing for state team titles when they get down to Des Moines with state championships in 1989 and 1996. Coach Schindler says this year’s team wants to get back to that history and come away with a strong team outing next week.
To do that, Coach Schindler says it will take effort all around with the leaders stepping up in a big way.
The State Track Meet runs from Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. KLEM Radio will provide live updates throughout those days as results come in.