It was not surprising that the Osceola Chieftains won the boys Middle Border track and field team title with a win over the other seven conference teams. What may have been surprising to some is the dominance that Osceola displayed on their way to a 38 point win over second place New Richmond.
“What a great night to be a Chieftain,” Osceola boys head coach Rick Stewart said. “The student-athletes had a great night in defending their conference titles. This was the fourth consecutive conference title for the boys. The athletes had a positive energy about them the whole night that was contagious. It was an awesome experience and one these kids will never forget. This group of seniors is the first group of Osceola boys to win a conference championship every year of their careers.”
Osceola scored points in 17 of the 18 events that were contested on a beautiful night in Hammond. The only event that the Chieftains did not score in was the triple jump, an event that they did not enter.
Osceola ran up an impressive 22 points in the 110m hurdles. Chieftain Tyler Dye won the event with teammates Seth Ott placing second and Gabe Baier fifth. Osceola earned 21 points in the shot put with Robert Conde leading the way with the best throw of all competitors. Chieftain Gabe Lowney finished third in the event and Tyler Johnson fourth.
Another huge event for Osceola was the 400m where the Chieftains scored 16 team points. Senior Gus Peterson placed first for Osceola with teammate Matt Germain finishing third. Peterson was impressive all night long as he added wins in the 100m and the 200m as well.
“Not many people have accomplished what Gus was able to do by winning the 100, 200, and 400,” Stewart said. “His performance was amazing. Matt Germain had an awesome night on the track as well.”
“I’m happy that I could play a role in winning conference this year,” Peterson said. “Running was exciting and the entire team worked together to earn the win. Yet, many other athletes preformed their best to secure the title with big performances in pole vault, the 4x800 and hurdles. The girls team had a great performance as well, winning their sixth conference title in seven years.”
Osceola set the tone early by winning the first four events on the track.
The 3200m relay team of Sean Rogers, Blake Slater, Kolten Heimbach and Justin Vorndran put the first 10 team points on the board for the Chieftains. That win was followed by Dye’s win in the 110m hurdles, Peterson’s 100m dash victory and then David Olson ran a gutty race in the 1600m and held off four very serious challengers to capture Osceola’s fourth straight event win.
“Those were all outstanding wins for the Chieftains,” Stewart noted.
It wasn’t just the Osceola first place finishers that were impressive. The Chieftain effort was extraordinary from everyone donning the green and white garb.
“Everyone stepped up big,” Stewart summarized. “I could list every single athlete’s name as a key contributor to an outstanding team victory. The smiles and victory lap by the boys and girls was a perfect ending to an awesome conference meet. No boy finished lower than ninth place on the evening in their respective events. We are really proud of the hard work these young adults have put in and are excited to see what they can accomplish during the tournament series.”