The North Tama Redhawks continued their rich history of excellence on the track by sending a strong contingent of both boys and girls to this year's state meet. While they were met with mixed success, the teams displayed great courage in competing and gave it their all, representing the school and the city in exemplary fashion.
On the girls' side, senior Kailey Kladivo was a force to be reckoned with in the high jump, finishing tied for second in the state with a leap of 5' 4". Kladivo brought home the silver, capping off a spectacular athletic career in her time here at North Tama with a great performance.
Abi Watson, who qualified in the 3000 meter run, hung tough and finished just off pace to place in the event, clocking in at 11:37.49, good enough for 11th place.
The Redhawks had a good showing at the state track meet last week in Des Moines. Above, Kailey Kladivo shows good form in the girls high jump. Above right, Mitchell Boerm hits the home stretch in the boys distance medley. Right, Abi Watson rounds the corner in the girls 3000 meter run. Far right, Clayton Blocker takes off in the first leg of the distance medley relay. The Traer Star-Clipper will have photos of the track banquets in next week’s issue.
Nicole Schlichting, who broke her own record in the shot put at districts the previous week, threw for 34' 10". That earned her a 13th place finish in the event.
There was also a group event that the Redhawk ladies qualified for, with the distance medley team finishing in 12th place overall. The team of Josie Youel, Jessi Jacobs, Anna Kvidera and Abi Watson clocked in at 4:27.71.
The boys also had a good showing, with Mitchell Boerm tying for 16th place in the high jump with a leap of 5' 10".
Boerm was also a part of the boys distance medley relay team, which finished in 12th place. The group of Boerm, Clayton Blocker, Jacob Watson and Dalton Hulme clocked in at 3:45.18.
The 4X800 relay team of Omar Martinez, Jordan Mask, Watson and Hulme also finished in 12th with a time of 8:34.05.
The Traer Star-Clipper would like to congratulate all the athletes who helped add to the legacy of North Tama track this year. Both the boys and girls made the community and school proud on their trip to the state meet.