Cadets end Track and Field season with a bang
Iowa Falls-Alden Track and Field completed a successful season in this year’s recent state meet.
With Cadets piecing together five top ten final placings in Des Moines, Boys Head Coach David Harms says it was a successful spring.
“Well I thought we had a pretty good meet, of course we always want more… We ended up finishing 12th. We got a state championship in the 110 highs, which was exciting. So overall, I think it was a really good season for us and we had a good state meet, an outstandings district, and we did really well at our conference [meet]. So as an overall season, probably one of the best teams I’ve ever had.”
Junior Jaden Damiano earned the Boys 2A 110M Hurdles championship in 14.20s. Damiano also added a second place finish in the 400M Hurdles. Senior Jaslynn Dagel was another runner-up for the Cadets, completing the Girls 100M in 12.52. Dagel would even take sixth in the Girls 200M. Senior Teah Miller had a big performance in the Girls 3000M, taking seventh place.
Coach Harms says that Damiano’s accomplishments came after missing the beginning of the season.
“He missed a lot of the preseason and conditioning, missed the indoor meets and such. He got into the Clear Lake meet but he didn't run at Iowa State or UNI. He was still healing up. So the season could've been a real disaster for him but he pulled out a state championship in the end. So I think he’s pretty satisfied, given the circumstances, how well he was able to perform.
Six boys and seven girls depart the program after their senior season.
“... a lot of respect and definitely a lot of appreciation for how hard they’ve worked, and that they’ve always listened. They’re very coachable. Working with all those guys for three years was really just tremendous, and they contributed so much and I hope that they look back on it and say ‘that was a really good decision that I really got a lot out of Track and Field.’”