TRACK: Gerdes, Schnathorst and Flaws win gold; Lynx girls second again at NCC meet
CLEAR LAKE – The field events have been a feather in the cap of the Webster City girls’ track team all season, so there was no reason to think it would be any different at last night’s North Central Conference meet.
But those four events were a little different … they were even better.
The Lynx earned four of their nine medals in the field events and piled up 42 points in the long jump, high jump, shot put and discus. It was just the springboard the team needed, as WCHS went on to finish second for the second consecutive season.
Algona pulled away from the field late and won the team title with 149 points. WCHS strung up 111 points and held off third-place finisher Humboldt (105).
No other team reached 100 points.
WCHS won two of the field events, finished second in another and double-placed in three of the four contests.
“The field events have been so good for us,” WCHS head coach Kristy Manson said.
Long jumper Carrie Gerdes did all she could in the cold and damp conditions, and although her top distance (15-13?4) wasn’t up to her usual standards, it was still good enough to take the gold.
“Carrie is consistently doing really well,” Manson said. “It was pretty slippery out there (last night), but she did well.”
Kaylee Schnathorst matched the feat in the shot put with a meet-best toss of 37-31?4. She also took third in the discus (89-0), trailing teammate and silver medalist Catie Boyd (92-8).
Boyd also claimed sixth-place points in the shot put (31-81?2).
High jumpers Hannah Myers and Morgan Gourley both cleared 4-8 to place third and fourth, respectively.
The Lynx lone win on the track came courtesy of sophomore sprinter Allie Flaws, who dominated en route to the 100-meter dash title in 12.55 seconds.
Flaws’ busy night also included a runner-up performance in the 200 (26.60), and legs on the third-place sprint medley (2:04.20) and 4×100 (53.98) relays.
“Allie looked awesome in the 100 and she really dominated it,” Manson said. “We weren’t going to run her in four events, but we needed to put her in the 4×100 when another girl got hurt and she did a great job with it.”
Ryann Powell, Kenzie Garvey and Faith McClain joined Flaws on the sprint medley. Gourley, Gerdes and Hannah Harfst ran the other three legs on the 4×100.
Schnathorst, Myers, Garvey and Madeline Keane put together a time of 1:12.27 in the shuttle hurdle, which placed WCHS third.
The Lynx will now focus on Thursday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet at Nevada. Competition will get underway at 4 p.m.