Iola track opens season at Labette County



April 1, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Junior Elysia Kunkler clears a standard during one of the hurdle races on Thursday at Labette County. REGISTER/TIMOTHY EVERSON Register file photo

ALTAMONT — With the wind blowing strong out of the south and the always-present threat of rain looming, the Iola Mustang and Filly track and field team opened the 2019 season at Labette County on Thursday. 

While Iola didn’t dominate, they were still able to get multiple placers on both the girls’ and boys’ sides to go along with four varsity first-place finishes. The varsity girls placed sixth overall and the boys placed 12th. 

“The first meet of the season is always a little bit of an unknown,” head coach Dana Daugharthy said. “Many athletes are trying new events or are completely new to track and field.  You hope that these events at the beginning of the season can help pay dividends in their main events at the end of the season.  The first meet can feel almost like a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. You know you have presents, you are just not sure what they are going to be.”

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