The Heelan boys track teams has three of the top relay times in Iowa.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The Iowa high school state track meet starts May 22 in Des Moines. The Bishop Heelan boys and girls have already won the city meet and the conference meet.
Heading into the state qualifying meets on Thursday, the Crusader boys have three of the top six relay times in the state in Class 3A. The Crusaders have posted the top time in the 4X100 at 43-seconds.
The squad finished second at the state meet last season. With all four members of the relay back this year, they're looking to keep the top spot and claim a state title.
"At the beginning of the season, it gave us a bunch of excitement for the year in that we were going to have a great group of sprinters and runners coming back," Heelan senior Philip Jacobson said.
The Heelan boys also boast the top times in the 4x200 and the 4x400.
While each relay presents its own challenge, the key is the exchange. The slightest hiccup could be the difference in claiming a title.
"We're at that point in the season where the handoff is something we need to work on because that's where you can take off that tenth of a second," Heelan junior Tony Tobin said. "That's what'll get you the top times. Now, we've been working on those, and we've got them down."
The state qualifying meets in Iowa are Thursday in all classes. Heelan will compete in Orange City. Nebraska's track districts are Wednesday and Thursday.
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