SIOUX RAPIDS- The Sioux Central-Sioux Rapids boys’ track and field Invitational Monday, April 3 was the first outdoor meet for the Trinity Christian boys’ track and field team. The Tigers may have been one of the smaller teams in the field but, at the end of the night, they came away with six medals.
Trinity Christian got the night rolling with two surprises in the field events — Joel Baker and Braden Kuiper. Baker participated in the long jump and had a fourth-place leap of 17’9”.
“We don’t have a long jump pit so we haven’t practiced long jump, but he has made great strides already,” said Tigers’ coach Kassandra Heynen. “Hopefully we can do some work on that one of these days to help him improve there, but he has improved a lot. He is a lot stronger than he was last year, which is helping him out as well.”
Meanwhile, Kuiper took part in the discus throw for the first time in his high school career as a sophomore but made an early impression with a fifth-place toss of 90’4”.
“He’s a sophomore and it’s another thing we have not worked a ton on. That was exciting for him to see that he has potential,” Heynen said.
Heynen also added that the overall interest in field events is growing.
“It’s also kind of fun to see that we’ve got guys interested. Last year we had one thrower, Collin Heynen, but he didn’t start throwing until his senior year. So to have a freshman (Torrey Heynen) and a sophomore who are interested in throwing and to be able to start them now is exciting to see what their futures hold.”
The focus then shifted to the track and Baker also led Trinity Christian in that perspective. Baker claimed fifth place in the 100-meter dash and fourth place in the 200 dash.
“He works really hard; he really wants to improve, get better times and to really compete with the top racers. For him to see that he is improving his times from last year already was really exciting for him. It’s really motivational for him to keep working hard,” Heynen said.
The second-leading runner for the Tigers was Samuel Laning with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash and a second-place run in the 800.
As of now, Heynen said there are no current plans to put Laning in the 1600 or the 3200, despite him being a two-time state qualifier in cross-country.
“The 800 and 400 are really his thing. I know he’s a good cross-country runner, but he didn’t want to do anything longer,” Heynen said. “We’re going to keep him where he is for now, but in the future we’ll see what he wants.”
Despite some of the individual successes, Trinity Christian still has some work to do as the season moves on.
“We had a time malfunction during Daniel Kooiker’s hurdle run, so that was too bad. Then we had a dropped baton in a relay, so hopefully we can make improvements in that respect and get a little bit more competition to see what we are capable of,” Heynen said. “But in the events we did we had some good athletes and it was a lot of fun. I was really happy with how it went last night.”
Sioux Central-Sioux Rapids boys’ track and field Invitational
Team results:1. Manson Northwest-Webster 168, 2. Alta-Aurelia 140, 3. Sioux Central-Sioux Rapids 112, 4. Clay Central-Everly 49, 5. Harris-Lake Park 40, 6. Trinity Christian 30, 7. Storm Lake-St. Mary’s 26, 8. Sioux Central-Sioux Rapids Junior Varsity 11
Individual Tiger results
Discus:5. Braden Kuiper 90’4”
Long jump:4. Joel Baker 17’9”
Shot put:9. Braden Kuiper 33’5.25”
100-meter dash:5. Joel Baker 12.18 seconds, 18. Torrey Heynen 15.64 seconds
200-meter dash:4. Joel Baker 24.97 seconds, 11. Thomas Brummel 29.61 seconds
400-meter dash:1. Samuel Laning 54.45 seconds, 8. Daniel Kooiker 1:01
800-meter run:2. Samuel Laning 2:18