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L-S girls finish fourth at second outdoor meet (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 22, 2018, 9:21 PM by Shane Ehresman

Several weeks into the season, the L-S girls track team went to Pella Christian High School for just the second outdoor meet of the season. The girls finished fourth as a team against much bigger schools the Hawks do not usually get to compete against.

“It was a great chance for us to change up some things from our line-up last week at Eddyville and continue working to find where individuals can best contribute, the right relay combinations, and provide a variety of experiences for everyone,” said head coach Darin Arkema.

The Hawks had only one first-place finish on the night when the shuttle hurdle relay finished with a time of 1:12.17. The team included sophomores Abby Gruver and Mallory Loftus and seniors Camryn Russell and Mariah Vos.

The only second-place finishes on the night were senior Mary Kate Shaver in the 3,000-m run with a time of 12:15.03, and the 4x200 meter relay, which included fresh-men Dylann Huyser and Korinne Jansen, Loftus, and junior Carson Fisk, finishing with a time of 1:55.32.

Speaking for the shuttle hurdle team, Russell said, “We’ve been working to build up to the time we ended with last year. We are getting closer, and at Pella Christian we got closer. We had good exchanges and looked strong over the hurdles. We will keep working to reach our goal and get back to where we were last year.”

The Hawks had two third-place finishes on the night. In the sprint medley, L-S finished with a time of 2:00.65. The team included Russell, Gruver, senior Jataya Meyer, and Fisk. The other third-place finish was Loftus in the 200-m dash with a time of 29.16.

Coming in fourth place, Gruver finished the 400-m hurdles with a time of 1:12.49. Other events that placed fourth were the 4x100, the 4x400, and the distance medley relay. The 4x100 included Russell, Jansen, Fisk, and Meyer with a time of 53.14. The 4x400 ran a time of 4:42.86 and included freshmen Cally Gibbs, Meleisha Vos, and Caitlin Alberts and senior Mariah Vos. The distance medley team was made up of Gibbs, freshman Jaden Brand, sophomore Ashton Thompson, and senior Christine Nikkel. They ran a time of 5:05.88.

Other events that placed for the Hawks were Mariah Vos, who received fifth place and Shaver, who received sixth, in the 800-m run with times of 2:45 and 2:46.19. Nikkel received eighth place in the 1500-m run with a time of 6:17.01. In the 3,000-m run, freshman Megan Van Zante earned sixth in 13:16.55. The Hawks also had two girls who placed in the 100-m hurdles. Alberts came in sixth at 19.35 seconds, and junior Kaylee Maasdam secured seventh with a time of 19.81. Another placement in the 400 hurdles for the Hawks was Thompson, who received seventh with a time of 1:21.88.

In the field events, the Hawks had three placements. Freshman Krystal Van Dyke came in seventh with a high jump of 4’04”. In shot put, Jansen grabbed sixth with a throw of 29’11”. Sophomore Janelle Rozendaal received eighth place with a throw of 79’05” in the discus.

“We had a lot of girls help contribute to the scoring tonight, which helps encourage them and just shows the importance of having depth and how each person is capable of contributing to the team’s success. We continue to see areas where improvement and growth are needed, but the girls’ efforts through the process will only bring about better results,” said Arkema.

The girls were supposed to run in Nevada on Friday, Apr. 13, but the meet was postponed due to bad weather. The Hawks hoped to run at Montezuma on Tuesday, Apr. 17, and will be at BGM this Friday.