Holt Johansen (R) looks ahead during the third exchange zone of the 4x200 varsity relay. He made the clean handoff with Cole Svestka (L) while the Vikes won the event. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Holt Johansen (R) looks ahead during the third exchange zone of the 4x200 varsity relay. He made the clean handoff with Cole Svestka (L) while the Vikes won the event. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

The conditions were perfect Monday night for the Decorah boys relays, featuring eight teams from across the area.

When the final lap had been run, it was Decorah that came out on top, winning the meet with 160 points. Charles City was second overall with 133 points. New Hampton took third with 100 points while South Winn came in fourth overall with 62.



Big performances for Decorah

The Vikes had nine events take first place, with six coming from individual athletes.

"We took advantage of the best weather conditions of the spring by loading athletes in multiple events," said Coach Joel Rollinger. "It was nice to get all the younger guys involved again in at least 2-3 events. Having unlimited entries for the junior varsity takes a little extra time for the event workers, but does our athletes a great service. I was happy with the way we competed. Our team depth was a key in the Decorah Relays victory."

Senior Josey Jewell again was a two-time champion. In the discus, he threw 155 feet, 8 inches, winning by nearly 10 feet. Later in the meet, Jewell took the shot put title with a winning throw of 49 feet, 0 inches. Second place came in at 48 feet, 8.25 inches.

Decorah captured both individual relays titles. Holt Johansen was the winner in the 400-meter hurdles. He clocked in at 57.98 seconds, the only competitor under one minute. Mikhail Suvorov crossed the tape in the 110-meter hurdles first in 16.34 seconds, the only runner under 17 seconds.

It was Patrick Larson in the 1600-meter run. The senior edged teammate Kyle Hosting in the event in 4:29.72.

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