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District champs: Nine L-S girls are state bound (Hometown Press article)

posted May 20, 2018, 8:22 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

District champs: Nine L-S girls are state bound

“Tremendous, unbelievable, fantastic, gutsy, amazing!”

Those are just a few words L-S Coach Darin Arkema used to describe the Lynnville-Sully girls track team’s performances at the state-qualifying meet at BGM last Thursday, May 10. In an “absolutely remarkable night of competition,” the Hawks won the meet and qualified nine girls for state in seven events.

Anyone who placed first at the state-qualifying meet automatically qualified for state. Those who did not place first had to wait until Friday morning to see if their times or marks put them in the top 24 in the state as at-large qualifiers.

The smiles couldn’t be any wider as the L-S 4x100 team celebrates their state qualification, from left, Kaleah Ehresman, Camryn Russell, Korinne Jansen, and Jataya Meyer. All have competed at state before except for Jansen.

It took until the final two events of the night before the L-S girls had automatic qualifiers in the 4x100 relay, followed by the 4x400 relay.

The 4x100 team was sophomore Kaleah Ehresman, senior Camryn Russell, freshman Korinne Jansen, and senior Jataya Meyer, who ran a time of 52.31. The 4x400 team was freshman Caitlin Alberts, sophomore Mallory Loftus, junior Carson Fisk, and sophomore Abby Gruver. They finished with a time of 4:16.35.

Three other relays and three individuals also qualified based on their times. The 4x200 placed second and earned a trip to state with the time of 1:51.41. The girls on this relay were Jansen, Fisk, Russell, and Meyer.

Sophomore Abby Gruver placed second and senior Mariah Vos took fourth in the 400-m hurdles and made it to state based on their times of 1:09.72 and 1:11.08. The two girls have both run in the 400-m hurdles at state before – Gruver last year and Vos two years ago.

Sophomore Abby Gruver clears a hurdle as the lead runner for the Hawks’ state-qualifying shuttle hurdle relay team.

Gruver and Vos also qualified for state with Russell and Loftus in the shuttle hurdle relay based on their second-place time of 1:08.35.

In the 100-m hurdles, Loftus placed fourth with a time of 16.75 and qualified for state for a second year.

The sprint medley took fourth with a time of 1:56.62, which was also good enough for state. Team members were Ehresman, Meyer, Fisk, and Alberts.

As a team, L-S finished in first at BGM with 104 points in a field of 14 teams.

“This meet is first and foremost about qualifying as many things to the state meet as we can,” Arkema said. “Next, this meet is about trying to accumulate as many team points as possible to win the meet. From the start of the meet to finish, the girls were racking up points at a steady pace, scoring in 16 out of 19 events.”

As a three-time state qualifier, Russell is one of three seniors who will finish the season at the 2018 Iowa State Track and Field Championship at Drake Stadium in Des Moines this week.

Freshman Korinne Jansen looks to pass on the baton to senior Camryn Russell in the 4x200 that qualified for state last week.

“It has been a really fun season for track,” she said. “Our times have constantly been improving and that helped us a lot at the district meet. We are really excited to get to state and keep shaving off seconds.”

Meyer, a two-time state qualifier, is looking forward to seeing what she and her teammates can do at state this Thursday through Saturday.

“This season has been nothing but fun and memorable,” she said. “It’s a great honor to represent Lynnville-Sully at state again, and hopefully we can perform our best and take home some hardware.”


Many Hawks contributed to the district win. Alberts ran the open 400 with a time of 1:05.81 for third. Freshman Megan Van Zante ran a time of 5:31.96 in the 1500, which put her in third as well. Shaver took fifth behind her in 5:40.77. Jansen took third in the shot (33’3.5”).

In the 100-m dash, Ehresman ran a 13.57 and had a fourth-place finish. Senior Mary Kate Shaver finished fourth in the 3000-m run with a time of 12:11.22, followed by freshman Meleisha Vos in sixth in 12:58.96.

Senior Haley Breeden took sixth in the 800-m run in 2:47.74. Another sixth-place finish was the 4x800 team of Breeden, junior Emily Van Gorp, senior Chris-tine Nikkel, and Van Zante.

The Hawks’ only seventh-place finish of the night was the distance medley team of freshmen Jaden Brand and Cally Gibbs, sophomore Ashton Thompson, and Van Gorp with a time of 5:08.04.

Freshman Dylann Huyser took eighth in the 200-m dash with a time of 30.12. Classmate Riley Terlouw finished in eighth in 14.29 in the 100-m dash.

Members of the L-S girls track and field team celebrating their district meet victory and state qualifications are, from left, on knees: Madison Johnson, Haley Breeden, Camryn Russell, Christine Nikkel, Jataya Meyer, Mariah Vos, Mary Kate Shaver; second row: L-S Assistant Coach Jill Schuring, Abby Gruver, Hadley Tice, Caitlin Alberts, Cally Gibbs, Kaleah Ehresman, Kaylee Maasdam, Mallory Loftus, Jaden Brand, Carson Fisk, Megan Lu, Janelle Rozendaal, Korinne Jansen, Makayla Rozendaal, Ashton Thompson; back: Megan Van Zante, Krystal Van Dyke, Riley Terlouw, Dylann Huyser, Emily Van Gorp, Shaleah Van Wyk, Meleisha Vos, and L-S Coach Darin Arkema.