Lynx fight frigid temps, place 2nd at home meet

WCHS senior Abbey Ferrari (left) takes off after grabbing the baton from Marisa Garrels during the distance medley relay last night. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Abbey Ferrari jumped up and down several times. She blew into her hands, shook her legs and slapped her thighs. Anything to try and fend off the shivers as she waited on the backside of the Bob Buckley Track for her second leg of the distance medley relay last night.

It was cold. It was windy.  It was kind of miserable. Optimum running conditions? Hardly, but the Webster City girls’ track and field team didn’t let the weather dampen its performance at the Lynx Relays.

Ferrari, the lone senior on the team, placed in a pair of individual events — she was fourth in the long jump (14 feet, 4 inches) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (30.62 seconds) — and ran on the bronze medal distance medley (4:54.23) to help WCHS score 102 points and place second behind Algona (150 points).

The Lynx and Bulldogs both won five events, but it was the depth that Algona possesses — the school shipped two buses south for the meet while WCHS competed with just 15 girls — that was the difference.

Still, Lynx head coach Clint Howard says he couldn’t have asked for more out of his athletes.

Webster City junior Haley Flaws clears the high jump bar set at 4 feet, 8 inches during yesterday’s Lynx Relays. After passing on the first two heights, Flaws entered the competition and wound up on top of the field. She cleared 4-10. The Lynx went on to place second in the team race at their home meet. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“They accepted the challenge. It wasn’t great running conditions, but I think they had fun running in front of the home crowd,” he said. “I was very happy with the way we performed.

“Winning track meets is a lot about depth. You can win three or four events, but the depth really adds up in the end and Algona has that.”

Howard was also thrilled for Ferrari, who had her best outing of the spring.

“Abbey is just a great kid to have on your team,” he said. “She’s the one that stuck it out and I’m really proud of her for what she’s done for us. We’re really going to miss her next year.”

Cassidy Nerland and Haley Flaws continued to be points machines for the Lynx, as both won a pair of individual events. Nerland again owned the throws — she won the discus with a top toss of 124-91⁄2 and cleaned up in the shot put with a best distance of 38-41⁄2 — and Flaws won both the high jump (4-10) and 200 (28.26). Flaws was also on the anchor of the golden 4×100 relay (52.77); the usual gang of Ashlyn Hay, Zoey Woodle and Tatum Goings joined her.

Webster City’s Kriston Grisham clears her fifth hurdle as she storms down the track on the anchor leg of the shuttle hurdle relay on the Bob Buckley Track last night. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Flaws added a silver medal in the 100 (13.52) in a tight battle with Algona’s Amanda Hentges, a state qualifier in the sprint last spring. The sprint medley (2:04.38) — Marisa Garrels, Makena Keller, Goings and Stacey Meyer — and 4×200 (1:55.60) — Hay, Woodle, Keller and Goings — relays were also second. Bronze went to Woodle in the long jump (15-2).

Lynx Relays

Thursday at Webster City

Team Standings

1. Algona 150; 2. Webster City 102; 3. AGWSR 95; 4. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 78; 5. Iowa Falls-Alden 59; 6. Clear Lake 53; 7. Eagle Grove 44.

WCHS junior Cassidy Nerland pulled off the double at last night’s Lynx Relays. She won gold in both the shot put and discus (above). DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Webster City Results

High Jump — 1. Haley Flaws 4-10; 6. Ashlyn Hay 4-6.

Long Jump — 3. Zoey Woodle 15-2; 4. Abbey Ferrari 14-4.

Shot Put — 1. Cassidy Nerland 38-41⁄2.

Discus — 1. Nerland 124-91⁄2.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 4. Webster City 1:19.94 (Alayna Burns, Madison Schwering, Jesslyn Messerly, Kriston Grisham).

Distance Medley Relay — 3. Webster City 4:54.23 (Marisa Garrels, Ferrari, Schwering, Stacey Meyer).

100 Meters — 2. Flaws 13.52; 4. Woodle 13.68.

400 Meters — 7. Grisham 1:12.04.

4×200 Relay — 2. Webster City 1:55.60 (Hay, Woodle, Makena Keller, Tatum Goings).

100 Hurdles — 6. Burns 18.51; 9. Messerly 19.83.

800 Meters — 10. Elycia Obrecht 3:13.67.

200 Meters — 1. Flaws 28.26; 6. Ferrari 30.62.

Sprint Medley Relay — 2. Webster City 2:04.38 (Garrels, Keller, Goings, Meyer).

4×100 Relay — 1. Webster City 52.77 (Hay, Woodle, Goings, Flaws).

4×400 Relay — 6. Webster City 5:05.56 (Schwering, Meyer, Burns, Obrecht).