Double gold

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla St. Edmond Ellie Knox hands off the baton to Michaela Leiting in the girls 4x800 Relays during Dodgers Relays

CLEAR LAKE — Competing at home, the Clear Lake girls cruised to the North Central Conference track and field team title here Thursday evening.

The Lions racked up 165 points to stay ahead of Humboldt and the rest of the field. Hampton-Dumont/CAL was third followed by Algona, Iowa Falls-Alden, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Webster City and St. Edmond.

For the Gaels, Caroline Shelly, Emma Alstott, Gracie Harvey and Michaela Leiting claimed the 4×800-meter relay title. The quartet crossed home in 10:20.28.

To close out the night, Mya McClain, Harvey, Ellie Knox and Shelly captured the 4×400-meter relay crown in 4:20.90, storming past the field.

Shelly also claimed a runner-up in the 800 in 2:30.94, while the distance medley relay of McClain, Harvey, Shelly and Leiting finished third in 4:40.94.

“I am very proud of this group of girls,” SEHS head coach Monica Alstott said. “They have been working so hard in practice and they are really starting to see their efforts pay off. The smiles after they cross the finish line are incredible.”

“We had some great time drops in the 4×800, 4×400, distance medley and sprint medley. We also had some great season PRs.

McClain, Knox, Jana Pfannkvch and Harvey were fourth in the 4×200 in 1:56.30, while Leiting was fourth in the 1,500 (5:28.98). Hannah Landwehr finished fifth in the 3,000 (12:26.21) and McClain, Kaili Henning, Pfannkvch and Knox were fifth in the sprint medley relay (2:04.28).

St. Edmond’s sprint medley of Sylvia Hess, Claire O’Connor, Sasha Hess and Andee Barwin won the junior varsity race, while Mady Halverson (100 hurdles) and Henning (400) were runners-up.

“I can’t say enough great things about this team,” Shelly said. “I have been giving them some pretty tough workouts and they continue to rise to the challenge.”

Humboldt claimed both the sprint medley relay (1:58.67) and 4×100 relay (52.81). Morgan Olson, Alexis Hansen, Morgan Mann and Paige DeWinter ran the sprint medley, while Olson, Tayla Wempen, Hansen and DeWinter comprised the 4×100.

Mann won silver in the 400 and high jump, with Sophia Harris placing second in the 400 hurdles.

Makayla Biesel was a double winner for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, as she finished first in the 400 hurdles (1:12.78) and high jump (5-2). Kennedy Trca was the 100 hurdles (16.92) winner.

Trca also placed second in the long jump as did the Cowgirl 4×200 of Jorga Fulk, Clarissa Hasty, Ezra Heifner and Matea Conlon.

For Algona, A’Lailah Perry captured silver in the discus and shot put, with the Bulldogs finishing second in the 4×200 (Andi Jensen, Kaitlyn Burns, Malyn Davis, Lauren McLaughlin), 4×100 (Ava Henry, Tora Solbach, Peyton Bradley, Ella Lawson) and the 4×400 (Burns, Jensen, McLaughlin, Lawson).

Webster City won the shuttle hurdle relay, as McKenzie Mishler, Brynna Croy, Bonnie Nohrenberg and Addie Tesdahl went 1:14.37.

Teams will now prepare for districts, which take place around the state next Thursday.


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