Comets continue to roll out PRs
By John Burbridge
OSAGE — When it comes to personal track and field records, it really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that improvements have taken quantum leapa.
Last time many of the current seniors and juniors were establishing personal standards, they were sophomores and freshmen.
Now back on the track after a pandemic-scuttled 2020 season, many athletes are making up for lost time while dramatically cutting their times.
At the Osage Coed Invitational on Tuesday, several Comets set PRs while helping Charles City placed second to the hosting Green Devils in both male and female divisions.
Comet senior Zach Graeser — in his first 400-meter hurdle race of the season — won while recording a personal-best time of 58.22, which was nearly 2 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
While running the 400 without obstacles in an event before the low hurdles, Graeser placed second with a PR time of 51.49 seconds.
“Graeser’s performance in the 400 and 400 lows was outstanding,” Charles City head coach Ryan Rahmiller said. “Both put him in the top five in 3A currently. A lot will change between now and the state qualifying meet, but this was a great time for him this early in the season.”
Comet junior Ian Collins was a three-event individual winner at Osage. Though he didn’t set PR leaps with his winning long jump — 22 feet, 5 inches … five days removed from jumping a current state best and school record-setting 23 feet, ½ inch at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Coed Invite — or winning high jump — 6 feet, 6 inches — he did set a personal standard while winning the 200 dash with a time of 24.06 seconds, just ahead of runner-up teammate Jeremiah Chapman (24.19).
According to Rahmiller, Collins’s performance in the 4-by-400 relay was his most outstanding of the night.
“Ian’s 51.87 anchor effort in the 4×400 will rank among one of the memorable performances I have seen on the track in recent history,” Rahmiller said as the team that also included Owen Weber, Griffin Franksain and Chase Low placed second with a time of 3:43.63.
Charles City junior Tino Tamayo recorded a PR discus throw of 151 feet, 11 ½ inches, good enough for second place.
Comet junior Mario Hoefer PR’d in the 100 dash with a second-place time of 12.22 seconds — Hoefer also placed third in the long jump (20 feet, 1 ½ inch).
Jared Johnson placed second in the 1600 with a PR time of 5 minutes, 9.44 seconds for the Comets.
The Comets’ 4-by-200 relay team of Chapman, Weber, Cael Bohlen and Hoefer placed first with a time of 1:35.45.
The Comets’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Graeser, Chapman, Tamayo and Aiden Shannon placed first with a time of 1:06.59.
On the girls side, Charles City senior Kiki Connell bested her PR in the long jump by a half inch while winning with a leap of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches. University of Northern Iowa-bound Connell also won the 800 (2:27.06) and 3000 (11:05.12).
In the high jump, Comet freshman Keely Collins bettered her previous PR by 2 inches with a winning clear of 5 feet, 4 inches. Collins also placed third in the long jump with a PR flight of 14 feet, 4 ½ inches.
Though Carly Stevenson didn’t set any PRs at Osage, she still managed to win both the discus (117 feet, 8 inches) and shot put (38 feet, 6 ½ inches).