Waukon track boys place second in pair of meets at Decorah, New Hampton

Creed Welch breaks nearly century-old long jump record with leap of 22’0.75”

The Waukon boys track team ran, threw and jumped its way to a pair of runner-up team finishes on the tracks of fellow Northeast Iowa Conference squads this past week. The Indians finished behind the host squad at the Decorah Relays Monday, April 12 and did likewise behind Clear Lake at the New Hampton Invitational Thursday, April 15.

At the April 12 Decorah meet, history was made when the longest-standing record in Waukon High School boys track history was finally broken after nearly standing for nearly a century in the school record books. A long jump distance of 21’10” posted by Noel Robey in 1924 was finally bettered 97 years later when Indian senior Creed Welch launched a leap of 22’0.75” on that cool, breezy afternoon to win that event.

The Indians were next scheduled to compete again at Decorah Monday, April 19 before hosting six other teams in their own Indian Relays Friday, April 23, with details of that home meet printed elsewhere in a shaded box on this week’s Sports pages. The track Tribe will then have just a pair of Monday meets remaining, April 26 at Oelwein and May 3 at New Hampton once again, before preparing for its Northeast Iowa Conference Meet Thursday, May 6 at Decorah and then its Thursday, May 13 Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup.

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