WEBSTER CITY – The momentum was seized during the field events, and it simply carried over to the track.
Webster City never let it leave its team camp either.
An all-around strong performance up and down the lineup is precisely what WCHS needed to earn a victory lap at its own Lynx Invitational last night at the Bob Buckley Track.
Ideal weather conditions only added to the pleasant atmosphere, as the Lynx piled up 152 points to fend off runner-up Algona (143). Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (116) was third, AGWSR (83) fourth, Eagle Grove (53) fifth and Iowa Falls-Alden (40) sixth.
Behind three gold medals, the Lynx reeled off 54 points in the field events and that allowed them to take a wire-to-wire victory.
“It just carried on from the field events,” WCHS head coach Clint Howard said after his team’s first meet title of the spring. “It was just a solid effort from start to finish and I’m really happy for the four seniors (Hannah Myers, Carrie Gerdes, Catie Boyd and Ryann Powell) who stuck it out for four years.”
WCHS won eight events in all and secured 16 medals. There were seven individual events in which the Lynx double placed, five of those being two in the top three.
So, yeah, it wasn’t just a good night. It was a great night.
Myers and Allie Flaws were both two-time individual gold medalists, and Flaws added a third on the anchor of the 4×100-meter relay.
Myers played a key role in the quick start with a first-place finish in the high jump. She was the only competitor to clear 5 feet, and she went over 5-1 as well just for good measure. She came back later in the meet and bested the 100-meter hurdles field in 16.88 seconds.
Flaws appears to be completely recovered from the knee surgery she underwent late last summer, as she left everyone in the rearview mirror in the 100 and 200. She flew through the finish in 12.76 in the 100 and turned in a 26.75 in the 200.
“This should give Hannah a lot of confidence, and Allie’s gaining confidence with every meet,” Howard said. “The tentativeness is gone and she’s back in prime form I think.”
Haley Flaws, the freshman of the Flaws clan, fell in line right behind her sister in the 100 (13.47) and 200 (28.14). She was also third in the high jump (4-10).
Haley Flaws was also on the winning 4×100 (53.02), as were Kenzie Garvey and Andi Anderson.
Freshman throwing ace Cassidy Nerland bookended a stellar week with another Northeast Hamilton school record. This time it came in the discus, which she won with a heave of 122-02.
Nerland was second in the shot put (32-8.25); Boyd placed third in the shot put (32-3) and fifth in the discus (89-1).
Gerdes opened her evening with an easy victory in the long jump with a top attempt of 15-5.5.
Howard was also pleased with his distance medley foursome – Marisa Garrels, Gerdes, Haley Johnson and Cassidy Bultena – that shaved 14 seconds off its previous best time to win in 4:44.49. WCHS was out front by the time Johnson got the stick for the 400, and Bultena never let anyone get close on the anchor 800.