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Gerdes, Schnathorst give WCHS girls two automatic state qualifiers

Lynx get shutout during running events

May 11, 2012
By Troy Banning - Sports Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

NEVADA - The Webster City girls' track team most likely won't get the chance to run on the blue oval at Drake Stadium next week. But the Lynx will have the opportunity to compete around it.

The Lynx failed to place in the top two and automatically qualify for state in any of the running events yesterday at a Class 3A State Qualifying Meet, but they did pick up a pair of silver medals in the field events to assure that the team will be involved in the statewide festivities in Des Moines.

Freshman Carrie Gerdes finished as the runner-up in the long jump, while sophomore Kaylee Schnathorst was the silver medalist in the shot put.

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DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS freshman Carrie Gerdes lands her best jump of the day in the long jump at yesterday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Nevada. The leap measured out at 16 feet, 3.50 inches to place her second.

"We are very happy that Gerdes and Schnathorst were able to qualify for state, and we won't know until later (today) if anything else qualifies," WCHS co-head coach Kristy Manson said. "The girls all put in good efforts."

WCHS finished fourth in the final team standings. Pella took home the championship.

Point totals weren't known as of press time.

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Class 3A State Qualifying Meet

At Nevada High School


Webster City Results

High Jump - 4. Morgan Gourley 4-8.

Long Jump - 2. Carrie Gerdes 16-3.50.

Shot Put - 2. Kaylee Schnathorst 35-9; 7. Katie Holdgrafer 31-3.

Discus - 4. Schnathorst 112-7; 4. Holdgrafer 78-8.

4x800 Relay - 3. Webster City 11:02.54 (Kaitlyn Kehoe, Megan Hughes, Kenady Highland, Gina Moline).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 6. Webster City 1:19.01 (Hannah Myers, Liz Wells, Ryann Powell, Lissa Villa).

100 Meters - 3. Gerdes 13.82.

Distance Medley Relay - 5. Webster City 4:46.64 (Hannah Harfst, Harleigh McKee, Nicole Heinrichs, Morgan Shannon).

400 Meters - 4. Gourley 1:03.64; 7. Faith McClain 1:07.11.

4x200 Relay - 5. Webster City 1:55.66 (Highland, Harfst, McKee, G. Moline).

100 Hurdles - 3. Schnathorst 17.31; Myers 18.41.

800 Meters - Hughes 2:53.89.

200 Meters - Gerdes 31.13; Abbey Fuhs 32.30.

400 Hurdles - Wells 1:15.69; Villa 1:23.44.

Sprint Medley Relay 6. Webster City 2:03.88 (Myers, McKee, Harfst, McClain).

1,500 Meters - 7. Morgan Moline 5:40.11; Highland 5:51.00.

4x100 Relay - 7. Webster City 56.45 (Harfst, McKee, Gerdes, McClain).

4x400 Relay - 5. Webster City 4:22.97 (Heinrichs, Schnathorst, Kehoe, Gourley).

Gerdes was already comfortably in second when she popped her best leap of the competition - 16 feet, 3 inches - on her final attempt.

Schnathorst struggled during the preliminary round, but managed to sneak into the finals. Once there though she turned in one of her top distances of the season - 35-9.

Schnathorst was also third in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.31 seconds) and fourth in the discus (112-7).

Gerdes missed a state berth in the 100 by a fraction of a second. She was nudged out at the finish line and had to settle for third (13.82).

The Lynx 4x800 relay (11:02.54) - Kaitlyn Kehoe, Megan Hughes, Kenady Highland and Gina Moline - was also third.



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