The Perryville boys track team sent one group to state this past weekend. They performed exactly like their coach Brent Broeking felt they would.
The Pirate 4x100 relay team of Tyler Rhyne, Caden Litterst, Jay Jannin and Aladdin Garris finished 13th overall with a time of 44.69 seconds at the Class 4 state track meet on Friday in Jefferson City.
“We were seeded 12th so, we finished about where our time would dictate,” Broeking said. “Of course we would have loved to do a little bit better.”
Broeking felt that the weather may have affected his athletes a little on Friday and during the race.
“It was low 50s in terms of temperature, which is cold for late May and it was a little windy,” Broeking said. “Our time was a little lower than our seed time, but I thought we ran well.”
Harrisonville finished first in the race with a time of 43.55, while Hannibal was close behind at 43.57. While Perryville’s time of a little more than one second slower doesn’t seem like a lot, it is quite a bit according to Broeking.
“In a race like that where the smallest mistake may not seem like a lot, it means everything.” Broeking said. “For us to place, we would have had to run a perfect race, and the realization is that we did not.”
The handoffs were not quite as smooth as the team and Broeking would have liked.
“One of our handoffs were a little iffy,” he said. “We were facing very good competition. If we had run what we did the week before, we could have been very close to placing and earning a medal. It just didn’t happen unfortunately.”
Out of the four athletes, only Jannin will be lost to graduation.
“This experience can only help the other three in the long run,” Broeking said.