WAUKEE - The Webster City girls' track team made a major leap forward in competition and performance last night at the Waukee Relays, as the Lynx placed in 15 events and scored 67 points to finish fifth in the field of eight teams, four of which belong to the state's largest classification.
Waukee dominated its home meet with 216 1/2 points, a mile ahead of runner-up Johnson and its total of 145. Dallas Center Grimes and Norwalk - two of the other 3A schools in the field - were third and fourth with 97 1/2 and 74, respectively.
Following Webster City were ADM Adel (60), Fort Dodge Senior (39) and Des Moines Lincoln (31).
"This was one of our better performances at Waukee in a while, so it was exciting," WCHS co-head coach Kristy Manson said. "It was a good night for us."
Sophomore thrower Kaylee Schnathorst supplied the team's best finish with a silver medal discus toss of 105 feet, 4 inches. It was just the second time the multi-sport athlete had taken part in the event.
"Kaylee had a breakout throw in the discus," Manson said. "She hasn't worked on discus very much, so in only her second performance to break 100 feet is pretty good."
Waukee Girls Relays
Thursday at Waukee
1. Waukee 216 1/2; 2. Johnston 145; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 97 1/2; 4. Norwalk 74; 5. Webster City 67; 6. ADM Adel 60; 7. Fort Dodge 39; 8. Des Moines Lincoln 31.
Webster City Results
High Jump - T-5. Nicole Heinrichs 4-4; T-5.Morgan Gourley 4-4.
Long Jump - 3. Carrie Gerdes 15-9; 8. Gourley 14-5.
Discus - 2. Kaylee Schnathorst 105-4; Katie Holdgrafer 76-2.
Shot Put - 4. Holdgrafer 31-6; 6. Schnathorst 31-3 1/2.
4x800 Relay - 5. Webster City 12:10.27 (Abbey Fuhs, Kenady Highland, Gina Moline, Brooke Arkland).
100 Meters - 6. Gerdes 13.13.
Distance Medley Relay - 4. Webster City 4:43.10 (Hannah Harfst, Highland, Gourley, Kaitlyn Kehoe).
400 Meters - 7. Faith McClain 1:07.33; Morgan Moline 1:13.12.
4x200 Relay - 7. Webster City 2:13.86 (Harleigh McKee, Fuhs, Kelsey Lockhart, Kylie Crane).
100 Hurdles - 5. Schnathorst 16.91; Elizabeth Wells 17.94.
200 Meters - G. Moline 31.62.
400 Hurdles - 3. Heinrichs 1:15.60; 8. Wells 1:18.16.
Sprint Medley Relay - 7. Webster City 2:14.63 (McClain, Gerdes, Harfst, Highland).
1,500 Meters - 8. M. Moline 5:56.29.
4x100 Relay - 7. Webster City 1:01.67 (Ryan Powell, McKee, Flockhart, Crane).
4x400 Relay - 3. Webster City 4:22.22 (Gourley, Kehoe, Schnathorst, Heinrichs).
Nicole Heinrichs, a senior, tried out the 400-meter hurdles for the first time and excelled, as she placed third in 1:15.60. She later ran the anchor on the Lynx third-place 4x400 relay (4:22.22); Morgan Gourley, Kaitlyn Kehoe and Schnathorst maneuvered around the track before Heinrichs took over.
"Nicole has been running awesome 400 (times), so we figured we'd give her a try in the hurdles and she was great," Manson said. "The last few hurdles were a struggle for her, so we'll be working with her more because her time can go down quite a bit.
"We were happy with the (4x400) too. We'd given them 4:25 as a goal, so we were really excited about their time, and they had quality competition to run against as well."
Freshman Carrie Gerdes also impressed her coaches, first in the long jump and then in the 100. She also won bronze in the long jump with a best leap of 15-9, and in the sprint event she shaved a half-second off her personal best to place sixth in 13.13.