They nailed the dress rehearsal.
Competing against a field comprised largely of Wamac Conference rivals, the Marion Indians ran away with their boys’ invitational track meet Monday at Thomas Park Field.
As a result, the Indians carry the tag of favorites into Thursday’s conference meet at Vinton.
“I guess as far as from what we’ve seen, that’s a good evaluation,” Coach Scott Immerfall said. “If we run well, we have an excellent opportunity to win.”
The pace picks up for the final three weeks of the track season. It’s conferences this week, districts/regionals next week, then the state meet May 17-19.
Wamac and Tri-Rivers meets are slated for Thursday at Vinton and Delhi, respectively. Both of those meets will contain girls’ and boys’ competitions simultaneously.
Mississippi Valley Conference divisional meets are sprinkled throughout Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City on Friday.
The Mississippi Division boys’ meet is at Iowa City High, the Mississippi Division girls’ meet is at Linn-Mar, the Valley Division boys’ competition is at Kingston Stadium and the Valley Division girls’ event is at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
According to season results at quikstatsiowa.com, the most competitive race of the next two days should come at the Mississippi Division boys’ competition. It figures to be a three-team affair between City High, Cedar Rapids Washington and Linn-Mar.
City High (shuttle hurdle) and Washington (medley) won relay titles last week at the Drake Relays while Linn-Mar contended in several events.
The other MVC titles figure to be claimed by the Iowa City schools. City High’s girls and West’s boys are solid favorites in their respective meets, and West is a slight favorite over Cedar Falls in the Valley Division girls’ competition.
Marion’s last Wamac boys’ title came in 2008. For the Indians to come through, they’ll have to fight through a 16-team field that includes Dyersville Beckman, Western Dubuque, DeWitt Central and Clear Creek Amana.
“Those teams have some events that will do well at the district and state meets,” Immerfall said. “On the other hand, we didn’t max out our kids at the meet Monday, and they’ll run more (Thursday).”
Marion hurdler Taylor Rogers is questionable due to a hamstring injury suffered Monday.
Solon’s girls figure to reign at the Wamac meet, with Williamsburg the primary threat.
Distance prowess makes Monticello a slight favorite over Cascade in the boys’ Tri-Rivers race, with Cascade’s girls an overwhelming pick.
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