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SICL indoor meet gives L-S girls a ‘great start’ (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 31, 2018, 7:40 PM by Shane Ehresman

In their first meet of the season on Monday, Mar. 19, the Lynnville-Sully girls track and field team gave an “outstanding” effort, according to L-S Coach Darin Arkema. Though no team scores were kept at the indoor SICL meet at Grinnell College, Arkema appreciates the meet as an opportunity to focus on being ready to compete and to learn from the experience to get better in the future.

“I know there will be nights where it is more challenging than others, but we have to work to try and be as consistent as possible with the effort and competitive attitude we bring to each meet,” he said. “Tonight was a great start in that category.”

The Hawks’ top finish was earned by the 4x400 team of freshman Caitlin Alberts, sophomore Abby Gruver, junior Carson Fisk, and senior Mariah Vos. They crossed the finish line first in 4:34.47.

With baton in hand, senior Jataya Meyer takes off in her leg of the 4x200 after an exchange with junior Carson Fisk.

Fisk joined up with seniors Camryn Russell and Jataya Meyer and sophomore Mallory Loftus to take second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:57.52.

In other team events, the L-S distance medley and 4x800 relay each placed fourth. Freshmen Riley Terlouw, Korinne Jansen, Cally Gibbs, and Megan Van Zante finished the distance medley in 4:58.32. Seniors Haley Breeden and Christine Nikkel and juniors Emily Van Gorp and Shaleah Van Wyk completed the 4x800 in 12:02.30.

The Hawks performed well in the field events. Sophomore Mallory Loftus cleared 4’10” in the high jump to take second. In the long jump, freshman Krystal Van Dyke and senior Jataya Meyer took fifth and sixth respectively with jumps of 14’1” and 13’11.25”.

In the longest race of the night – the 1500-m – senior Mary Kate Shaver came in second in 5:42.97, followed by Van Zante in fifth in 6:02.81.

Other top finishes included Loftus earning third in the 60-m hurdles in 10.30 seconds, and Alberts grabbing fourth in the 400-m dash in 1:07.87.

In the 800-m run, Breeden and Nikkel finished within seconds of each other, taking fifth and sixth respectively in 2:57.09 and 2:59.81.

Sophomore Kaleah Ehresman placed in both the 60-m dash (fifth in 8.57) and the 200-m dash (seventh in 30.42).

Freshmen Megan Van Zante (left) begins an 800-m run after receiving the baton from classmate Cally Gibbs in the distance medley.