Dodger Relays ready to run

What has been a major inconvenience for track programs around the state could continue tonight, as rain could put a damper on the 55th running of the Dodger Relays.

The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. with field events inside Dodger Stadium. Running events start at 4:45 p.m.

There will be two classes, along with junior varsity races in all of the relays. Also, each team can enter three competitors into the field events instead of the customary two.

Joining Fort Dodge in Class A will be Ankeny, Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Roosevelt, Indianola, Mason City, Waterloo East and Waukee. The Class B field consists of St. Edmond, Eagle Grove, Humboldt, Manson Northwest Webster, Boone, Dike-New Hartford and Valley Lutheran from Cedar Falls.

Right now, due to the rash of inclement weather that hit the state late in March and early this month, teams are still trying to piece together qualifying performances for the Drake Relays, which take place April 25-27 in Des Moines.

“It’s just been frustrating,” FDSH head coach John McBride said. “I’ve spent the past few days trying to find meets for us just to run. Now, the weather looks iffy at best for (tonight).

“The most frustrating thing is I know we have a good team, but we haven’t been able to get out and show it.”

The Warriors, behind nine gold place finishes, claimed the Dodger Relays title last year, with Ankeny placing second. FDSH’s Connor Hubbard returns to defend his discus crown, as he had a throw of 145-2.

“Waukee is tough once again,” McBride said. “We saw them at Indianola and they are loaded. I’m sure Ankeny will give them a run for their money, though.”

St. Edmond clipped Manson NW by five points for first last year in the B field.

“I think the Class B field is as good as we’ve had in recent years,” McBride said. “St. Edmond is a great team, Manson Northwest Webster has a strong group, and you add Boone, and it’s a great group of teams.”

Waukee was the highest state finisher a year ago in the Class 4A field competing this evening, placing ninth. The Gaels were runners-up in 2A, while the Cougars captured the 1A title.

School officials will likely make the call on the meet early in the day, and McBride said to just “keep your fingers crossed” in regards to the rain holding off.