It took longer than expected, but when the Decorah boys track team finally got to start the outdoor portion of the season, it did so with a bang.

Friday the boys headed to Waverly-Shell Rock for the Dave Sage Go-Hawk Relays, the first time the team had competed outdoors all season.

Battling six other teams, the overall title came down to Decorah and the Go-Hawks. In the end, the Vikes pulled out the close win, posting 135 points. The Go-Hawks put up 129.

"We were very pleased with the results of both the varsity and junior varsity teams at the Go-Hawk Relays. Teams had to battle cool temperatures and a stiff breeze all night long, and the athletes did a nice job of pushing through those adverse conditions," said Coach Joel Rollinger. "We have much room for improvement in regards to technique and being in great running shape, but we are making progress. Hopefully, Mother Nature will allow us to train and compete during the coming weeks."

The varsity had seven events go gold. Individually, there were five champions. Josey Jewell was a two-time champion. The senior took the discus title with a throw of 145 feet, 10 inches, winning by 8 inches. Jewell came back to win the shot put as well, this time throwing 50 feet, 2.5 inches. He won by under 2 feet.

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