Fort Dodge head girls track coach Todd Constable left the 33rd Dodger Relays feeling excited about where his team is headed.
The host Dodgers placed fourth overall here Thursday, scoring 87 points and winning seven events. Waukee was first with 112 points, followed by Humboldt and Dallas Center-Grimes.
It's been two years since Fort Dodge hosted its own event, as weather has canceled the recent runnings. This year, despite some wind and late chill temperatures, it was an almost-perfect night.
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"I could not be more pleased with how we performed," Constable said. "Everybody, from the junior varsity ranks through varsity, came out and had great performances.
"We've had a rough season so far with the weather, but this was a great night and our kids took advantage."
Shariah Smith clocked a 12.77 in the 100-meter dash to earn gold, while teammate Tiana Mericle won the 200 in 26.88.
33RD ANNUAL DODGER RELAYS
1. Waukee, 112; 2. Humboldt, 103.5; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes, 97; 4. Fort Dodge, 87; 5. Ankeny Centennial, 62; 6. Mason City, 51; 7. Des Moines Hoover, 37; 8. St. Edmond, 28.5.
High jump - 1. Lauren Nelson, W; 2. Katie Carpenter, W; 3. Megan Flattery, SE; 5-0.
Long jump - 1. Lexi Astor, FD; 2. Bailey Norland, DCG; 3. Avery Terwilliger, H; 16-3.5.
Shot put - 1. Car'Maiya Mosley, FD; 2. Amaris Runia, Hum; 3. Morgan Nealey, W; 35-10.5.
Discus - 1. Abby Yoss, AC; 2. Maddie Carpenter, DCG; 3. Lindy Jones, W; 104-7.
100-meter dash - 1. Shariah Smith, FD; 2. Artorria Jung, H; 3. Kassandra Claytor, H; 12.77.
200-meter dash - 1. Tiana Mericle, FD; 2. Maci Masching, DCG; 3. Beth Duffield, Hum; 26.88.
400-meter dash - 1. Megan Flattery, SE; 2. Caitlin Krohnke, W; 3. Kylie Coleman, W; 1:02.04.
800-meter run - 1. Madison Waymire, DCG; 2. Taylor Brown, AC; 3. Jenna Cornick, MC; 2:24.60.
1500-meter run - 1. Sam Larson, Hum; 2. Brittany Hegstad, AC; 3. Ashley Arends, AC; 5:10.64.
3000-meter run - 1. Madison Waymire, DCG; 2. Sam Larson, Hum; 3. Taylor Brown, AC; 10:34.17.
100-meter hurdles - 1. Kendall Cornick, MC; 2. Katie Carpenter, W; 3. Olivia Weaver, DCG; 16.06.
400-meter hurdles - 1. Justice Crooks, FD; 2. Brittney Nilles, Hum; 3. Ellie Drees, W; 1:15.09.
4x100-meter relay - 1. Fort Dodge (Shariah Smith, Car'Maiya Mosley, Lexi Astor, Tiana Mericle); 2. Dallas Center-Grimes; 3. Hoover; 51.57.
4x200-meter relay - 1. Dallas Center-Grimes; 2. Hoover; 3. Fort Dodge; 1:50.65.
4x400-meter relay - 1. Dallas Center-Grimes; 2. Humboldt; 3. Mason City; 4:16.62.
4x800-meter relay - 1. Humboldt (Brittney Nilles, April Jones, Beth Duffield, Maddie Kampen); 2. Ankeny Centennial; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes; 10:07.19.
Sprint medley relay - 1. Fort Dodge (Shariah Smith, Alexis Lessmeier, Tiana Mericle, Lexi Astor); 2. Humboldt; 3. Waukee; 1:55.94.
Distance medley relay - 1. Humboldt (Caitlyn Wadsley, Maggy Duffield, April Jones, Sam Larson); 2. Waukee; 3. St. Edmond; 4:36.72.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 1. Mason City; 2. Waukee; 3. Humboldt; 1:10.17.
Smith, Car'Maiya Mosley, Lexi Astor and Mericle crossed home in 51.57 to secure the 4x100 relay, while Smith, Alexis Lessmeier, Mericle and Astor comprised the winning sprint medley relay in 1:55.94 - over five seconds ahead of runner-up Humboldt.
"Tiana had the kind of night you want to have as a senior," Constable said. "She ran some great splits and going out with a win in the 200 is just a great accomplishment for her.
"The ultimate goal is a team title, but in track, you really like to see your kids win events because it shows how hard they have worked to better their craft."
Astor continued her strong showing in the long jump, leaping 16-3.5 to win the title by over two feet. Justice Crooks won the 400 hurdles in 1:15.09, edging out Humboldt's Brittney Nilles, while Mosley claimed the shot put title with a throw of 35-10.5.
"That should get Car'Maiya into Drake (the cut-off was Thursday night)," Constable said. "And Lexi just continued to excel in the long jump.
"I was really proud of Justice's effort in the hurdles, too. We're just really starting to get into a grove right now."
Fort Dodge added four more event titles in junior varsity action, as Quinea Lawrence won the 200 (28.78) and Kelsey Illo claimed the shot put (27-6). Myleesha Clayton was runner-up in the discus (83-8).
The other two Dodger JV wins came in the 4x100 relay (Elizabeth Slater, Olivia Egli, Alexis Wolfe and Lawrence; 57.64) and 4x200 relay (Wolfe, Egli, Carson Jarrard and Lawrence; 2:02.64).
Along with the performance of his kids, Constable was also pleased to see the Fort Dodge community come out and support track.
"To look up in the stands and see (former Dodger) greats like Sam Moser and Nik Moser - that shows how much track means to this town," he said. "And everyone involved with the meet, from (FDSH athletic and activities director)?Matt Elsbecker to Fran Long and all the workers ... things were ran perfectly."
Fort Dodge runs again on Monday at Marshalltown in the Bobcat Invitational.