FD girls host Dodger Relays

The 33rd running of the Dodger Relays will hopefully take place this evening after being washed out due to inclement weather each of the past two years.

Joining host Fort Dodge in the field will be St. Edmond, Humboldt, Webster City, Ankeny Centennial, Dallas Center-Grimes, Des Moines Hoover and Mason City.

Action begins at 4:30 p.m. with the field events, while running events start at 4:45 p.m.

“As long as there is no rain, we are going to run it,” FDSH head coach Todd Constable said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve got to run in front of our home crowd and the kids are excited to perform.”

It is of importance that the field gets another chance to crack the Drake Relays cut-offs, as the deadline is this evening. The Drake Relays are set for April 25-27 in Des Moines.

“We are loading up our lineup to try and qualify as many Drake events as we can,” Constable said. “That is the primary focus for us. We are going to push the 4×200 and sprint medley relays.”

Postseason sites were also released Wednesday, as the Dodgers will head to Ankeny along with Ames, Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial, Des Moines East, Des Moines North, Dowling Catholic and Ottumwa.

“This marks the half-way point to the season, as you focus on Drake and then gear up to try and get everything figured out for a run at qualifying as many events as you can at state,” Constable said. “It’s tough to get a good judge on anything because the weather has been so bad, but it is going to warm up and our times are going to improve.”

St. Edmond will head to Manson for a 2A meet, joining up with Clarion-Goldfield, Eagle Grove, East Sac County, Emmetsburg, Manson Northwest Webster, OA-BCIG, Pocahontas Area, Ridge View, Sioux Central, Sioux Center and South Hamilton.

As for the team race, Constable said there are “plenty of teams in the mix.”

“Mason City has some good sprinters and they have had a good season so far,” he said. “With Ankeny Centennial being split, you don’t know how to judge them yet.

“We’ve had some girls sick, but we are going to push them as hard as we can.”