BOONE - Morgan Gourley did the work and Theo Clark did the celebrating while the sun still shined bright here yesterday afternoon.
Gourley, a sophomore, waited until her third and final attempt to clear 5 feet for the first time in the high jump at the Boone Classic, and the gold-medal leap was reason enough for Clark - Webster City's co-head coach - to chime in with a loud, "Yes!" as he stood close by with his arms spread waiting for Gourley to fall into them.
It was the first gold medal of the season for the Lynx, who finished fourth in the team standings with 57 points, but Gourley doubled that total later in the evening when she out-chugged the field to win the 400-meter dash in 1:02.59.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Morgan Gourley gets a big hug from Webster City girls’ co-head coach Theo Clark after she won the high jump at yesterday’s Boone Classic. The sophomore later added a gold medal in the 400-meter dash.
"The night started off with a bang, and Morgan was impressive with a four-inch personal record," Kristy Manson, the Lynx other co-head coach, said. "We are doing well as a team and having fun along the way."
Yes, WCHS finished at the back of the field, but it was just four points out of second, which was shared by Jefferson-Scranton and Denison-Schleswig. Boone dominated its own meet with 97 points.
Twenty of the Lynx points came in the four field events. Freshman Carrie Gerdes improved upon her personal-best in the long jump with a leap of 16-4 on her second attempt, which was good enough for second. Sophomore thrower Kaylee Schnathorst continued to impress as well with matching silver medals in the shot put (34-9.50) and discus (99-2).
1. Boone 97; 2. (tie) Jefferson-Scranton and Denison-Schleswig 61; 4. Webster City 57.
Webster City Results
High Jump - 1. Morgan Gourley 5-0; Nicole Heinrichs 4-6.
Long Jump - 2. Carrie Gerdes 16-4; Bailey Tesdahl 15-3.
Shot Put - 2. Kaylee Schnathorst 34-9.50; 4. Katie Holdgrafer 32-5.25.
Discus - 2. Schnathorst 99-2; Holdgrafer 73-3.
3,000 Meters - 2. Morgan Moline 12:33.50.
4x800 Relay - 2. Webster City 11:01.18 (Morgan Shannon, Gina Moline, Kenady Highland, Kaitlyn Kehoe).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay - Webster City 1:19.39 (Hannah Myers, Liz Wells, Lissa Villa, Ryan Powell).
100 Meters - 3. Gerdes 13.21; Tesdahl 14.18.
Distance Medley Relay - 3. Webster City 5:05.70 (Kylie Crane, Kelsey Lockhart, Abbey Fuhs, Megan Hughes).
400 Meters - 1. Gourley 1:02.59; 5. Faith McClain 1:06.93.
4x200 Relay - Webster City 1:59.13 (Harleigh McKee, Hannah Harfst, G. Moline, Kehoe).
100 Hurdles - 2. Schnathorst 16.83; Myers 18.44.
800 Meters - 4. Highland 2:47.98; Brooke Arkland 2:56.58.
200 Meters - Gerdes 27.94; Tesdahl 29.10.
400 Hurdles - 5. Heinrichs 1:15.75; Wells 1:17.14.
Sprint Medley Relay - 3. Webster City 2:03.12 (Myers, McKee, Highland, McClain).
1,500 Meters - 4. Shannon 5:51.20; 5. M. Moline 5:53.45.
4x100 Relay - Webster City 55.70 (Tesdahl, McClain, Harfst, Gerdes).
4x400 Relay - 3. Webster City 4:23.53 (Kehoe, Gourley, Schnathorst, Heinrichs).
Schnathorst added a third runner-up finish on the track in the 100 hurdles (16.83).
Morgan Moline and the 4x800 quartet of Morgan Shannon, Gina Moline, Kenady Highland and Kaitlyn Kehoe helped the Lynx strong start with back-to-back second-place showings in the first two events on the track. Moline finished the 7 -lap race in 12:33.50; Shannon opened the 4x800 with a strong 2:35 split to put the Lynx in front before they faded one spot and completed the event in 11:01.18.
"The competition was strong even with the small number of teams, but the girls went out and competed which is all we ever expect from them," Manson said.
Gerdes added a bronze medal in the 100 (13.21), as did the distance medley (5:05.70), sprint medley (2:03.12) and 4x400 (4:23.53) relays.