WACO, Mt. Pleasant girls win Ekstrand RelaysSome area track and field athletes begin competition at Drake Relays in Des Moines
WAYLAND — The WACO girls’ track and field team won the Class B division of its home invitational, the Ekstrand Relays, on Thursday, and the Mt. Pleasant girls came home champions of the seven-team Class A division.
The W-MU girls placed fourth of nine teams in Class B, and New London took seventh.
On the boys’ side, W-MU was third in Class B, followed by WACO in fourth. New London again took seventh of nine teams.
The Mt. Pleasant boys did not attend the meet.
The Panther girls had seven first-place finishes on the day and six second-place finishes, including three events where both the champion and runner-up were from Mt. Pleasant.
In the field events, Elinor Kriger-Coble won both the shot put and the discus with throws of 35-6 1/4 and 99-3, respectively. Grace Lutovsky took the top spot in the Class A high jump at 4-10.
The Panthers’ 4x800 team won its event with a time of 10:11.87, and the shuttle hurdle team was second with a time of 1:15.93.
Taryne Shull was the winner in the 800-meter run (2:34.58), followed by teammate Natalie Ita (2:35.94).
Emma Ludwig won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:52.98, and Maddie Lance took second (12:45.98).
And in the 1,500, Chloe Haffarnan was the champion (5:12.03), followed by Elaina Conrad (5:20.94).
Haffarnan also had a second-place finish on the night; she was the runner-up in the 400 with a time of 1:03.60.
Lutovsky also finished with a silver medal, running a time of 29.22 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
For WACO, their best finish came from Jennie Greene, who won the Class B long jump at 15-3 1/2.
W-MU had the next two places in the event, as Karlie Wade took second (14-6 1/2) and Raelyn Gipple was third (14-1).
Other top finishes for WACO include Rosemary Skriver’s high jump of 4-10 for second place and four second-place relay teams: the 4x100 (55.37 seconds), the 4x400 (5:00.92), the sprint medley (2:09.58), and the shuttle hurdle (1:16.92).
The WACO shuttle hurdle was second to W-MU’s Drake-qualifying team, which won the event in a time of 1:09.57.
W-MU also got first-place finishes from hurdlers Cassie Kingery and Anna Crawford, who were first and second, respectively. Kingery finished in 16.41 seconds and Crawford in 17.87.
W-MU’s 4x200 also won its event with a time of 1:54.26.
The Wolves got second-place finishes from Lou Krieger-Coen in both the shot put (30-10) and the discus (102-01).
In the discus, Krieger-Coen was followed by New London’s top finisher, Koral Crossett, who placed third with a throw of 87-9.
On the boys’ side, W-MU had a champion in Max Fricke, who won the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.33 seconds. He was followed by WACO’s Klinton Garrett (55.44 seconds).
W-MU also got wins from Kyler Smith in the 200 (24.61 seconds) — followed by Fricke in second place at 24.67 — and from Darren Hunter in the long jump (19-0).
Their 4x400-meter relay team finished in second with a time of 3:43.40.
For WACO, Kevin Anderson won the high jump at 6-1. The Warriors had two other individual first-place finishes: Garrett in the 800 (2:08.25) and Dylan Carlson in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.91 seconds).
They also got wins from their 4x100 (45.87) and shuttle hurdle (1:01.62) relay teams.
In the shuttle hurdle, New London got its top finish. The team placed third in a time of 1:12.02.
Henry County athletes compete at Drake
Henry County athletes began competition at the Drake Relays on Thursday afternoon.
Mt. Pleasant’s Leslie Taylor finished fourth overall in the girls’ long jump at 17-7 1/2, her best on the season by seven inches.
In shot put, Mt. Pleasant’s Justin Dunn took fifth with a throw of 54-6, and teammate Emmett Wester followed with a throw of 53-10 3/4 and a sixth-place finish.
Mt. Pleasant’s Logan Mulford finished 15th in the high jump at 6-01.
This morning, Kelsi Phipps qualified for finals in the 100-meter hurdles with a prelim time of 15.79 seconds (seventh place).
She went on to finish sixth in the finals with a time of 15.61 seconds.
Taylor, Hannah Becker, and W-MU’s Cassie Kingery also competed in the prelims, but did not qualify for finals. On the boys’ side, Tommmy Thorne and Cole Phillips ran the 110-meter hurdles prelim, but did not qualify for finals.
In field events this morning, Dunn placed third in discus with a throw of 169-05, and Mary Wester took 17th in shot put (36-6 1-2).