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Hawk girls just one point shy of second at Tulip Time Relays (Hometown Press article)

posted May 4, 2017, 7:01 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Just one point separated the L-S girls track team from second-place Colfax-Mingo’s 92 points at the Pella High Tulip Time Relays on Thursday, Apr. 27. Pekin won the class with 181 points.

Temps were cooler but overall, weather conditions were better than expected with some sunshine and calm winds at the Pella High Tulip Time Relays on Thursday, Apr. 27.

Freshman Mallory Loftus clears a hurdle on her way to winning the 100-m hurdles at the Tulip Time Relays last Thursday.

Coach Darin Arkema described the Hawks’ mindset heading into the meet. “With this as our final meet leading up to the conference meet next week, we wanted to use the momentum and confidence gained from the previous three meets and continue to improve,” he said.

Freshman Mallory Loftus had another strong night for the Hawks. She set a personal record after clearing 5’0” in the high jump to take third and won the 100-m hurdles in 17.55. She was also part of the winning shuttle hurdle relay team with senior Brenna Lanser, freshman Abby Gruver, and junior Camryn Russell. They finished the race in 1:12.89.

Gruver had the other individual first-place finish after she won the 400-m dash in 1:07.56.

Second-place finishes went to Lanser in the 100-m dash in 13.50 seconds and Gruver in the 400-m hurdles with a time of 1:13.72. She was followed by freshman Ashton Thompson in fourth in 1:21.50.

Senior Makenzy Rozendaal leaps forward in the long jump at Pella where she placed fifth with a mark of 13’4”.

In other individual running events, junior Christine Nikkel dropped seven seconds off her 3000-m time to place fourth in 13:13.83. Sixth-place finishes were earned by junior Haley Breeden in the 800-m run (2:52.90), sophomore Kaylee Maasdam in the 100-m hurdles (19.92), and freshman Kennedy Roland in the 1500-m run (6:04.58).

The Rozendaal sisters set new personal records in their throwing events with Jelissa in the shot put (sixth, 32’) and Janelle in the discus (fifth). Senior Makenzy Rozendaal placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 13’4”.

In the relay events, the 4x200 team of junior Lydia Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser claimed second in 1:54.72. The 4x800 team (Breeden, Thompson, Roland, sophomore Emily Van Gorp) had a season-best time by 10 seconds, 11:38.37, to earn third.

Fourth place went to the 4x100 team of Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, and freshman Kaleah Ehresman after they finished in 55.50 seconds.

Fifth-place finishes were earned by the 4x400 team (junior Hailey Scandridge, Van Gorp, Breeden, sophomore Shaleah Van Wyk) in 4:57.79 and the sprint medley (Ehresman, Maasdam, Thompson, Van Wyk) in 2:13.67.

Ehresman, Maasdam, Scan-dridge, and Van Wyk ran the distance medley in 5:32 for sixth place.

Freshman Kaleah Ehresman passes on the baton to her distance medley teammate, sophomore Kaylee Maasdam.

“Hand-offs in the sprint relays were some of our better exchanges of the season,” Arkema noted.

The Hawks were planning to rest up and be as ready as possible to be at full strength against the tough competition at the conference meet on Tuesday, May 2, at Iowa Valley. “I’m confident the girls will be focused and looking forward to giving a great effort,” Arkema concluded.

Results of the girls at the conference meet as well as at the Newton Cardinal Relays this Thursday will be in the “Hometown Press” next week.