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Mental toughness pays off with second-place finish for Hawks, L-S girls win four events at West Marshall meet (Hometown Press article)

posted May 4, 2018, 8:59 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Trying to make up for missed meets due to the weather earlier in the season, the Lynnville-Sully girls added the West Marshall Invite to their schedule on Thursday, Apr. 26. The Hawks – and the wind – showed up strong, and L-S earned a second-place finish with 117 points behind the host West Marshall with 175 points.

“It was great to get out and compete one more time before our conference meet, see some schools that will be at our state-qualifying meet, and continue trying to improve,” said L-S Coach Darin Arkema. “All the athletes battled very strong winds, so the focus needed to be on mental toughness to get through it and not worried about times or performances and compete for place.”

The Hawks really soared in the relay events, winning the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400. With a time of 53.58, the 4x100 was run by sophomore Kaleah Ehresman, junior Carson Fisk, freshman Korinne Jansen, and senior Jataya Meyer. Fisk and Meyer joined with sophomore Mallory Loftus and senior Camryn Russell in the winning 4x200, clocking in at 1:54.81. The 4x400, comprised of Fisk, Loftus, freshman Caitlin Alberts, and sophomore Abby Gruver, put up a time of 4:29.85.

Carson Fisk passes on the baton to 4x100 teammate Korinne Jansen. The girls won the event at West Marshall.

The other first-place finish of the night came from Alberts in the 400-m dash in 1:07.43.

Second-place finishes in the relays were earned by the shuttle hurdle and sprint medley teams. Gruver, senior Mariah Vos, Russell, and Loftus ran the shuttle hurdle in 1:12.83. Ehresman, Russell, Fisk, and Alberts finished the sprint medley in 2:01.37.

In other relay events, the 4x800 team of seniors Haley Breeden and Christine Nikkel, freshman Megan Van Zante, and junior Emily Van Gorp earned third in 11:53.15, and the distance medley team – freshmen Dylann Huyser and Cally Gibbs, sophomore Ashton Thompson, and Breeden – grabbed fifth in 5:16.39.

The Hawks had a strong showing in the 400-m hurdles with Gruver and Mariah Vos going two-and-three respectively with times of 1:12.74 and 1:13.30. Gruver also placed in the 100-m hurdles, taking fifth in 17.73 seconds.

In the sprints, Jansen and Ehresman placed second and fifth respectively in the 100-m dash, finishing in 13.05 and 13.29 seconds.

Emily Van Gorp hands off the baton to Shaleah Van Wyk in the JV 4x400 that placed second.

The Hawks earned quite a few points in the distance events. Nikkel and Van Gorp took third and fifth in the 800-m run with times of 2:59.17 and 3:01.83. Fifth-place finishes were earned by Van Zante in the 1500-m run in 5:54.38 and freshman Meleisha Vos in the 3,000-m run in 13:47.53.

Other L-S events that placed in the top seven were the high jump and long jump. Meyer leaped 14’8” in the long jump for fourth place and was followed by freshman Krystal Van Dyke in seventh with a jump of 14’2”. Van Dyke also cleared 4’4” to place fifth in the high jump.

The Hawks had a few athletes compete in non-scored JV events. The 4x100 team of freshmen Riley Terlouw, Jaden Brand, and Gibbs as well as junior Kaylee Maasdam placed second in 59.01 seconds. Another second-place finish was earned by the 4x400 team — Thompson, Van Gorp, junior Shaleah Van Wyk, and freshman Hadley Tice — in a time of 5:06.93. Tice and Van Wyk both ran in the JV 800-m run, placing second and third respectively in 3:05.89 and 3:07.17. Terlouw and Brand competed in the JV 100-m dash, earning second and fourth with times of 13.57 and 14.51.

The Hawks were looking to give their best efforts on Tuesday, May 1, as they hosted the SICL Conference Meet and sought for a conference championship. Results will be in the Hometown Press next week. Up next for the L-S girls is a meet at Newton on Thursday, May 3, and a meet at Montezuma on Monday, May 7. The state-qual-ifying meet will be next Thursday.