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Manson NW girls take TLC championship

Submitted photo: The Manson Northwest Webster girls celebrate their TLC title together on Tuesday night in Lake City.

LAKE CITY — It’d been over 20 years since the Manson Northwest Webster girls track team had claimed the top prize at the Twin Lakes Conference meet.

The Cougars ended that drought on Tuesday night, edging Sioux Central by two points to claim the league title.

“The girls did an awesome job supporting each other and putting the team above their individual goals,” said MNW head coach Matt Pohlman. “We only had 16 girls available for the meet, and we were still able to fill every event. It goes to show how versatile and willing these girls are to compete outside of their comfort zone.

“Overall, it was a fun night with a lot of suspense. I couldn’t be happier for this group of girls. They always have great attitudes, and are willing to do anything for their teammates.”

The Cougars only won three events, but it was eight seconds and thirds compared to Sioux Central’s four that sealed the crown for MNW.

The Cougars, who last won the TLC crown in 2000, finished with 103 points. Sioux Central had 101. Newell-Fonda (92) was third, followed by Emmetsburg (88.5) and West Bend-Mallard (66).

“Going into the meet, we knew it would be a close race between Sioux Central, Emmetsburg and us. Newell Fonda had a great night as well,” Pohlman said. “Throughout the night, I was keeping track of points and we were always within a few points of Sioux Central.

“Every time they scored a few points, we would respond with a few more in the next event.”

Drake Relays qualifiers Lexi Wood and Jaynie Wiese earned gold for the Cougars. Wood (37-02.5) took the shot put, while Wiese (5-02) was the high jump winner.

Madalyn Moline took home top prize in the 3000 (11:43.72). MNW’s lone silver medal came from Paige Condon in the 400 hurdles (1:11.11).

“Maddie Moline stepped up and ran an 800 and 400 in relays, in addition to her normal 1500 and 3000, even though she knew it would likely hurt her individual times. She scored in all four events for the team,” Pohlman said. “Maddie was a conference champion in the 3000, Lexi Wood won the shot, and junior Jayne Wiese won the high jump. All three look to be healthy and at their best next week at the state qualifying meet.

“Paige Condon also had a solid night with a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles, along with third place finishes in the open 400, 100 hurdles, and long jump. Paige posted 26 team points for us which was huge. Alivia Marsh (10th) had a personal best in the discus, getting us some points with a throw of 96-11.”

Preslie Peterson (long jump) and the 4×100-meter relay were the event winners for Sioux Central.

West Bend-Mallard’s Rachel Fehr was a triple-event winner. Fehr swept the sprint events, claiming gold in the 100 (12.69), 200 (26.08) and 400 (58.36).

Newell-Fonda claimed gold in four relay events, and Bailey Sievers added an individual gold, winning the 800 in 2:29.55.

Southeast Valley’s Shelby Mills threw the discus 110-01 to claim first prize.

Pocahontas Area was the sprint medley champion (1:56.72).

Emmetsburg’s Jenna Joyce won the 100-meter hurdles (16.46), and the E-Hawk 4×100 (1:09.91) crossed in first.

Team Standings

Manson Northwest Webster 103; 2. Sioux Central 101; 3. Newell-Fonda 92; 4. Emmetsburg 88.5; 5. West Bend-Mallard 66; 6. East Sac County 62; 7. Pocahontas Area 56; 8. Southeast Valley 47; 9. South Central Calhoun 39; 10. Alta-Aurelia 37; 11. Graettinger-Terril 31.5; 12. Storm Lake St. Mary’s 18.

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