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Girls track finishes fourth in three straight meets (Hometown Press article)

posted May 14, 2017, 7:34 PM by Shane Ehresman

Girls track finishes fourth in three straight meets


Facing some very competitive conference teams at the SICL Meet on Tuesday, May 2, the Lynnville-Sully girls track team placed fourth. Held at Iowa Valley, the meet ended with the Hawks at 85 points, short of first-place Colfax-Mingo with 100, Montezuma with 91, and Sigourney with 88.

“Our conference continues to have some of the best track and field competitors in all of Class 1A, so when you get ready to compete at the meet, you’ve got to be focused in and determined to give it your all. We have a lot of talented and balanced teams that can score points in a variety of areas. The girls gave a tremendous effort, and should have left the meet very proud of what they accomplished,” said head coach Darin Arkema.

Lydia Akergren passes the baton off to Makenzy Rozendaal. They were a part of three relay races that placed at the SICL meet last Tuesday.

In individual running events, the team had many girls place eighth or above. Freshman Abby Gruver earned third in the 400-m hurdles with a time of 1:15.03, and classmate Ashton Thompson placed fifth in 1:18.46. In the 100-m hurdles, freshman Mallory Loftus and junior Camryn Russell placed fourth and fifth respectively, with times of 17.50 and 17.57. Sophomore Makayla Rozendaal and junior Christine Nikkel ran the 3.000-m run in 13:09.28 and 13:36.82, respectively, to earn fourth and sixth. Lastly, senior Brenna Lanser placed fifth in the 100-m dash in 13.55.

In field events, the team had three girls place in the top eight or above. In the high jump, Loftus placed second with a jump of 4’10”. Senior Jelissa Rozendaal took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 32’5.75”. She and her freshman sister, Janelle Rozendaal, placed sixth and seventh in the discus throw with throws of 86’03” and 84’10”, respectively.

“I thought we competed really well. Sadly, we weren’t able to get enough points to win, but overall, I think it was a good meet for the team,” Jelissa said.

In relay events, the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams consisting of Russell, junior Lydia Akergren, senior Makenzy Rozendaal, and Lanser, both earned second place with times of 54.12 and 1:54.59. The sprint medley relay placed third in 2:02.36. The runners in the sprint medley were freshman Kaleah Ehresman, Makenzy R., Akergren, and Gruver. Lanser, Loftus, Gruver, and Russell got fourth in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:14.07. In the 4x400 relay, Loftus, juniors Hailey Scandridge and Haley Breeden, and Gruver earned fourth place in 4:39.18. Breeden, sophomore Emily Van Gorp, Thompson, and freshman Kennedy Roland placed fifth in the 4x800 with a time of 11:43.43.


By John Trettin

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Two days later, the girls track team travelled to Newton for the Cardinal Relays. The Hawks took fourth out of eight teams and finished first out of schools from their class.

“The Cardinal Relays is always a meet the kids seem to look forward to because they feel it’s a fast track, good competition, and good place to compete,” L-S Coach Arkema said.

2A schools PCM and CMB took first and second, respectively. 3A school Newton took third place at their home meet. L-S was the top school in 1A, edging out conference rival Colfax-Mingo. Southeast Warren, North Mahaska, and Pleasantville rounded out the meet.

The 4x200 team of Russell, Lanser, Akergren, and Makenzy R. took first with a season-best time of 1:53.96. Loftus jumped 4’10” to finish first in the high jump.

The throwers’ 4x100 team of Thompson, Jelissa R., Janelle R., and junior Madison Johnson finished in first place. As part of tradition, the winning team earned a pizza even though the event isn’t scored.

“The shot put and discus kids always get pumped to compete in that, so it was fun to see them win,” said Arkema.

Loftus ran 1:06.14 in the 400-m dash for second place. In the 400-m hurdles, Gruver ran a time of 1:12.34 for second place, followed by Thompson in fifth (1:17.33). The 4x100 relay team of Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser finished in second place with a time of 54.03.

The shuttle hurdle team of Lanser, Loftus, Gruver, and Russell ran a time of 1:12.77 for third place.

Lanser ran the 100-m hurdles for the first time this season to take fourth place with a time of 16.95. Just behind her was Russell in fifth place with a time of 17.35.

The sprint medley, 4x800, and 4x400 teams took fifth. Sprint medley runners were Ehresman, Makenzy R., Thompson, and Scandridge, and they finished in 2:11.17. Thompson, Van Gorp, Roland, and Breeden ran the 4x800 in 11:33.24, and Loftus, Gruver, Breeden, and Roland completed the 4x400 in 4:45.49.

Sixth-place finishes went to Makayla R. in the 3,000-m run in 13:07.18 as well as in the 100-m dash in 13.84.

“I was interested to see how we would come out after all the effort and energy put into the conference meet and trying to get a high finish there,” Arkema said. “The response was great, and I credit the girls for getting themselves up again to compete and continue trying to improve as we enter these final weeks of the season.”


In their last meet before the state-qualifying meet, the Hawks were at Montezuma on Monday, May 8, for the Darrell Brand Relays. L-S once again came in fourth on a warm night that featured the talents of six SICL teams. The Hawks finished with 115 points, just behind third-place Montezuma (117) and second-place Iowa Valley (118). Belle Plaine won the meet with 128 points.

“With this being our final meet before state qualifying, we wanted to try and improve some performances to better our positions for that meet and continue our focus of making improvements,” Arkema said. “We had some tremendous efforts that resulted in personal and season bests in both field events and running events.”

One of those performances came in the shuttle hurdle relay. Lanser, Loftus, Gruver, and Russell bettered the school record they set earlier in the season, finishing in first in 1:11.00. The competition hit a hurdle early in the race and fell a good distance behind so the L-S team virtually ran alone.

The other relays to earn first were the 4x100 team of Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser with a season-best time of 53.25 and the throwers 4x100 (sophomore Kaylee Maasdam, Jelissa ­R., Janelle R., and Johnson) in 1:00.66.

The Hawks placed in three of the field events. Jelissa R. won the shot put with a throw of 35’6”. Janelle R. took third in the discus (88’6”), and Jelissa R. came in sixth at the 81’10” mark with both girls setting personal records. Loftus cleared 4’8” for fourth in the high jump.

Despite the warm conditions, Makayla R. ran well in both the 3,000-m and 1500-m, placing first and second respectively in 13:11 and 5:59.71. Breeden ran the 3000-m with her and finished fifth in 14:44, and Roland was the other Hawk runner in the 1500-m, taking third in 6:04.24. Breeden also ran in the 800-m run, placing third in 2:53.60.

In individual hurdling events, second-place finishes went to Loftus in the 100-m hurdles and Gruver in the 400-m hurdles. Maasdam ran the 100-m hurdles in 19.86 for sixth. Thompson finished the 400-m hurdles in 1:18.51 for sixth as well.

Other individual placements were Ehresman taking third in the 100-m dash in 14.08 and Scandridge running the 400-m dash in 1:17.23 for sixth.

In other relay results, the 4x200 team of Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser had a season-best time of 1:53.63 for second place. Fourth place went to the 4x800 team (Roland, Van Gorp, Thompson, Van Wyk) in 12:07.03. Fifth-place finishes were earned by the 4x400 team (Scandridge, Loftus, Gruver, Breeden) in 4:42.50 and the distance medley team (Maasdam, Johnson, Hansen, Van Wyk) in 5:46.03. Akergren, Makenzy R., Thompson, and Scandridge ran the sprint medley in 2:13.44 for sixth.

The Hawks had two days of practice before being scheduled to run at the state-qualifying meet at Belle Plaine on Thursday, May 11.

“These girls have just continued to get better and better this season,” Arkema said. “I’m excited to see what they can do on Thursday night, and they should have confidence in their ability to compete well.”