Cyclones 4x1 relay team sets indoor record

Seniors Aidan Hall, Jacob Birch, Wil Neuharth and Junior Cade Sears made history Friday afternoon at the IATC Indoor Championships in Ames by setting a new record in the 4x1 relay event with a time of 43.40, by one second better than the old mark.

“It’s a huge honor,” said Cyclones Head Coach Sam Brummer. “Records can come and go, but I think that one, given how early it is, that’s a tough meet to go out and run that fast that early. Those four are definitely four special breed of cats and we’ve got to keep developing that chemistry because as fast as it was, I think they all will tell you their hand-offs probably weren’t as smooth as we had practiced, so there’s definitely ways to get that faster and continue.”

Hall and Neuharth also set records in the 60m dash, with Neuharth coming in second place with a time of 7.00, just .02 seconds behind the leader from Winterset, Logan Fairchild. Hall finished right behind Neuharth in third with a time of 7.05.

“They’re both just competitors,” Brummer said. “I think they want to push each other to be the best that they can be.”

Junior Brehdan Eggerss, who just missed qualifying for state last season, placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 20-02.75 equivalent to 6.17m, just .24m behind the leader, Avin Truong out of Mt. Pleasant.

“He [Eggerss] should feel really great,” Brummer said. “It’s kind of where he left off last year. He was knicked up here and there, but I know he was a quarter inch away from going to the state meet last year in long jump, so for him to kind of come out and jump basically 20 feet 3 [inches] with very limited practice coming from basketball season and for him to be able to pick up right there, he should feel pretty confident and pretty stoked about what’s to come for him in the long jump.”

The Cyclones didn’t take many students with them to this event, but still managed to take home 10th place overall, competing against over 50 other schools.

“I’m super excited for the prospects of what’s to come,” Brummer said. “We went up there with a pretty light squad and had a few things pop up where we couldn’t take all of the relays that we had entered, but overall it’s a great starting spot for hopefully many positive things to come.”

The next event for the Cyclones will be Saturday at 12:15 p.m. during the Northwest Missouri State Indoor event.

“That one we will take a few more guys,” Brummer added. “Probably showcase a few more of the individual events. They have a few relays, but not as many. We’ll definitely take some more kids, and a few of our younger guys just to get them some exposure and some time on the track.”



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