WEBSTER CITY - The Richard Ryan Relays ... cancelled. The Hannover Relays ... shelved. The Waukee Relays ... pushed to the curb. And now the Bengal Relays ... sideswiped.
Mother Nature has been a cruel, cruel woman this spring, and it appears that the Webster City girls' track team is public enemy No. 1.
Cold and wet conditions forced the postponement of last night's Bengal Relays in Gilbert, once again leaving the Lynx all packed and ready to go without a destination.
DFJ file photo by Troy Banning
A smiling Theo Clark (facing) hugs high jumper Morgan Gourley during last April’s Boone Classic. Clark, the WCHS girls’ co-head coach, and his athletes have had little to smile about this spring, as they are yet to compete in an outdoor meet.
WCHS has yet to compete in an outdoor meet this season. Its one and only competition was the BVU Indoor in Storm Lake way back on March 16. Earlier in March, the Lynx were scheduled to take part in the ISU Indoor in Ames, but they couldn't even get to that meet because of snow.
"Obviously it's really frustrating because we want to go and compete," WCHS girls' co-head coach Theo Clark said. "But we can only control what we have power over, and the weather is not something we have power over.
"Mother Nature just doesn't want to give in to us."
With a heavy influx of freshmen and a handful of talented returning athletes, WCHS is expected to leave an impression on every meet it enters. Clark just wishes he and fellow co-head coach Kristy Manson could showcase what they possess to the masses.
"I feel bad for the girls because they haven't got to see the payoff," Clark said. "I think we could have gone to half of these meets and won, and I think that's the hardest part for these girls. We're just letting the season pass by.
"But the girls have been wonderful. They have such a great mindset; they come to practice and give everything that we ask."
The irony is that the Lynx expected sophomore long jumper Carrie Gerdes - last year's Class 3A state runner-up - to miss a portion of the first month of the season while she continued to recover from offseason hip surgery. But as it stands now, she should be ready to go on Thursday when WCHS makes its outdoor season opener at its own Lynx Invitational.
That's if the weather cooperates.
"Kristy and I have put seven lineups together this year and we've seen just one go through," Clark said. "Early in the year we might have taken it slow and worked girls into the lineup, but now it's just go time. We're putting together our best lineup every night and seeing what we can do."
Thursday's meet will begin at 5 p.m.