Girls track and field prepares for state qualifiers
The Southeast Polk girls track and field team spent the past few weeks getting ready for the state qualifiers on May 13.
There are two ways for athletes to qualify for state.
They can automatically qualify if a competitor places top two in her event, either relay or individual, or the next 12 best performances in class 4A are also taken, which are at-large bids, head coach Chad Willeford said
“We could potentially finish fourth or fifth in an event and still qualify for state if we run fast enough, per se,” Willeford said.
To prepare for the state qualifiers, there has been a lot of fine-tuning at practice for the Rams.
Willeford said most of the work the team put in all season is starting to pay off, so now he is just trying to get everyone fresh and healthy.
In order to do that, practices have consisted of more speed work rather than volume with reps, according to Willeford.
He said some of his team is still a little beat up right now with nagging injuries, so there are some question marks for the qualifiers.
“Obviously the main goal is to get through to state, but we also need to post some decent marks so we can get into the fast heat,” Willeford said.
Although there are some injured players on the team, the Rams’ ability to deal with adversity, not just with injuries but also COVID-19 as well, is something that has really stood out to Willeford this season.
He said it has been a rollercoaster ride of a season, but the team has been able to bounce back and stay positive, which has been fun for Willeford.
The attitude in the team is where Willeford has seen the greatest improvement this season because everyone has been willing to step up for the sake of the team.
“They’re team players. They’re willing to step up wherever we need, and it might put some of them out of their comfort zone, but they’re still willing to step up.”
The state tournament is May 20.
Boys soccer goes back and forth
The Southeast Polk boys soccer team picked up a win May 7 at home over Des Moines Lincoln. 2-0, before falling to Valley at home, 4-1.
In the Lincoln match up, juniors Darlington Dolo and Ike Henry each contributed a goal for the win while junior goalkeeper Blaze Payton had three saves to keep a clean sheet.
In the game against Valley on May 11, it wasn’t the same story. Henry scored the lone goal in the game for Southeast Polk.
The Rams competed against Waukee Friday at Waukee Stadium and play again in Ames on Tuesday. Scores from these games weren’t available at press time.
Girls golf gets busy
The Southeast Polk girls golf team were busy last week competing in the Waukee Invitational on May 10 and then a dual against Dowling Catholic on May 11.
The Rams finished the invitational in sixth place out of 13 teams with a total team score of 379. Sophomore Rylin Davidson was the highest finisher for the Rams in 13th with a score of 88.
The Rams then took down the Maroons 177-204 the next day.
Freshman Olivia Prunty was a match play medalist and scored a 43 while Davidson and senior Emmy Monson tied for second with a score of 44.
The Rams’ girls golf team tee up at the conference meet May 19 at Jester Park Golf Course.