EAGLE GROVE - The evening was never dull for Webster City girls' track co-head coaches Theo Clark and Kristy Manson last night, as they were forced to fill events on the fly at times during the Lady Eagle Relays.
And, truth be told, it didn't end up too bad.
Webster City collected 11 top-six finishes and claimed four medals that led to 99 team points and a fourth-place finish in the field of nine teams.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Webster City sophomore Kaylee Schnathorst winds up to throw the discus during yesterday’s Lady Eagle Relays in Eagle Grove. Schnathorst placed sixth with a top throw of 79 feet, 8 inches.
Algona overwhelmed the field and won with 303 points, a country mile ahead of runner-up and city rival Bishop Garrigan (165). Humboldt (139.50) took third.
"With a lineup that was nothing close to our strongest, we competed and finished well amongst some solid competition," Clark said. "It was a night filled with curveballs ... girls sitting out, dealing with sickness and a few other factors we had no control over. But we are starting to see that with a larger field we become stronger in the team rankings, which is promising going into the (North Central Conference) meet (on Monday)."
Freshman long jumper Carrie Gerdes gave Webster City its only victory on the evening. She had a best leap of 15 feet, 3 inches to top the field.
Lady Eagle Relays
Thursday at Eagle Grove
1. Algona 303; 2. Algona Bishop Garrigan 165; 3. Humboldt 139.50; 4. Webster City 99; 5. Eagle Grove 96; 6. Clarion-Goldfield 90.50; 7. Iowa Falls-Alden 68.50; 8. Central Springs 60.50; 9. Southeast Webster-Grand 31.
Webster City Results
Long Jump - 1. Carrie Gerdes 15-3.
High Jump - 2. Morgan Gourley 4-10; Nicole Heinrichs 4-2.
Shot Put - 2. Kaylee Schnathorst 34-8.50; 6. Katie Holdgrafer 32-5.
Discus - 6. Schnathorst 79-11; Holdgrafer 78-8.
4x800 Relay - 5. Webster City 13:47.00 (Gina Moline, Kenady Highland, Abby Fuhs, Megan Hughes).
100 Meters - 5. Gerdes 13.47.
200 Meters - Highland 29.61; Fuhs 33.08.
400 Meters - 6. G. Moline 1:08.63.
1,500 Meters - Morgan Moline 5:45.66.
100 Hurdles - 4. Schnathorst 16.59; 6. Hannah Myers 17.19.
400 Hurdles - Liz Wells 1:15.88; Heinrichs 1:18.73.
4x100 Relay - 6. Webster City 57.91 (Harleigh McKee, Gerdes, Highland, Fuhs).
4X200 Relay - Webster City 2:01.36 (Ryann Powell, Highland, Hannah Harfst, Gerdes).
Sprint Medley Relay - Webster City 2:12.98 (McKee, Kylie Crane, Myers, G. Moline).
Distance Medley Relay - Webster City 4:57.62 (Harfst, McKee, Faith McClain, M. Moline).
4x400 Relay - 2. Webster City 4:22.76 (McClain, Schnathorst, Heinrichs, Gourley).
The Lynx won two other medals during the field events portion of the meet. Sophomore Kaylee Schnathorst threw the shot put 34-8.50 to attain runner-up honors, and Morgan Gourley cleared 4-8 in the high jump to place second as well.
WCHS will travel to Clarion on Monday for the conference meet. Action will get underway at 5 p.m.