Versatility vaults Trojans to 2nd at ISC track meet

TAMA – With so few bodies in uniform – sometimes dipping near single digits – the Northeast Hamilton boys’ track team has been forced to rely on its versatility this spring.

All that juggling the various events paid off Monday evening.

With Nick Jeffers, Tyler Smith and Steven Smith all hauling in three medals, the Trojans scored in a variety of ways and notched 102 points to place second at the Iowa Star Conference meet on the campus of the Meskwaki Settlement School.

GMG captured the team crown with 112. North Tama was a distant third with 90.

Jeffers and Tyler Smith both claimed a pair of gold medals. They ran together as part of the Trojans’ winning 4×400-meter relay (3:46.00), as did Kyle Pruismann and Gabe Rapp. Earlier in the night Jeffers was first to the finish line in the open 400 (54.10), while Tyler Smith got their faster than everyone else in the open 800 (2:09.50).

Jeffers was the bronze medalist in the discus (106 feet, 4 inches), while Tyler Smith jumped his way around the track to third in the 400 hurdles (1:00.40).

Steven Smith was the conference silver medalist in the 3,200 (11:02.60) and the bronze medalist in the 1,600 (5:03.70). He anchored the Trojans’ 1,600 medley (4:03.00) to the runner-up position; Gabe and Kyler Rapp, and Hunter Dilley also competed.

NEH locked down top-six finishes a total of 17 times and double-placed in three of the individual events.

Trojets ninth

Jennifer Jeffers accounted for the only gold medal and all of the individual top-six finishes for the Northeast Hamilton girls’ track team at the ISC meet.

Jeffers won the discus (97-11) and placed fifth in the 400 (1:05.70). She also ran on the sixth-place 4×400 relay (4:47.30) alongside Courtney Elsberry, Molly Greenfield and Andi Anderson.

The Trojets scored 20 points and finished ninth in the field of 12. Janesville won convincingly with 139.