Crutcher, 4×100 strike gold for Lynx at outdoor opener

Senioritis in a good way for Woodle

WCHS senior Zoey Woodle (third from right) leans across the finish line in second place in the 100-meter dash at Monday’s Richard Ryan Relays in Gowrie. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

GOWRIE — This is it for Zoey Woodle, her last go-round with the Webster City girls’ track and field team. And if one meet is any indication, she intends to make the most of it.

The senior jumper and sprinter had what Lynx head coach Clint Howard called easily the best meet of her career at the Richard Ryan Relays on Monday, as she brought home four medals and a slew of personal-best performances.

“Zoey was outstanding,” Howard said. “She’s been a fabulous leader already this season.”

Woodle was the architect of eight top-three results and 73 points for WCHS, which placed sixth in the Class A field. Carroll notched 128 points behind 14 medals, four of which were goal, en route to the team title.

Woodle ran the second leg on the Lynx winning 4×100-meter and runner-up 4×200 relays, and also picked up silver medals in the 100 and long jump.

WCHS freshman Jacie Crutcher races to victory in the 3,000-meter run at Monday’s Richard Ryan Relays in Gowrie. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

The meet couldn’t have started any better for the senior, as she ripped off the four best leaps of her career in the long jump. Her fourth and final attempt measured 16 feet, 2 inches for silver.

“She just went up the ladder,” Howard said.

Tatum Goings, Ashlyn Hay and Dasha Sankey joined Woodle on the two sprint relays. The 4×100 turned in a time of 54.33 seconds, while the 4×200 clocked a 1:56.46.

Woodle leaned across the finish line in 13.52 seconds in the 100.

Despite finishing at the back of the team standings, Howard was encouraged by his team that is loaded with first-year competitors. Without state-meet stalwarts and regular season gold-medal hoarders Cassidy Nerland and Haley Flaws, both of whom are now competing for Grand View University, Howard knows team points won’t come quite as easily this spring.

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

“We’re pretty similar to the teams we’ve had other than we don’t have two girls winning six events,” Howard said. “We’re running a lot of young girls, but I’m confident we’re going to continue to improve as the training kicks in.”

Freshman Jacie Crutcher couldn’t have asked for a better debut, as she seized the gold in the 3,000 in 12:39.57, just a half-step in front of runner-up Ella Melhon (12:39.80) of Pocahontas Area.

“That was a great way for her to start her high school career and she’s going to have a good one,” Howard said of Crutcher.

WCHS also claimed three bronze medals courtesy of Morgan Gallentine in the discus (95-3), and the distance medley (5:13.98) and shuttle hurdle (1:25.59) relays.

Gallentine and Crutcher were joined by Kamryn Pruismann and Shelby Queen on the medley. Pruismann, Goings, Jesslyn Messerly and Brynna Croy teamed up for the hurdles.

“I was very proud of the way some of the girls stepped up and filled in,” Howard said. “Pruismann and Goings haven’t practiced the hurdles all year and they volunteered to run the shuttle hurdle relay.”

WCHS had no entrants in four events.

The Lynx will be back in action on Thursday in Eagle Grove at 4:30 p.m.

Richard Ryan Relays

Monday at Gowrie

Class A Team Standings

1. Carroll 128; 2. Southeast Valley 108; 3. Pocahontas Area 101; 4. Carroll Kuemper 83; 5. South Central Calhoun 82; 6. Webster City 73.

Webster City Results

Long Jump — 2. Zoey Woodle 16-2; 5. Ashlyn Hay 15-5.

High Jump — 5. Lexi Nichols 4-8.

Shot Put — 6. Morgan Gallentine 28-11; 10. Allison Carr 23-7.

Discus — 3. Gallentine 95-3; 12. Carr 62-2.

100 Meters — 2. Woodle 13.52; 6. Hay 14.08.

200 Meters — 7. Dasha Sankey 30.57; 9. Shelby Queen 30.94.

400 Meters — 5. Carr 1:20.72.

3,000 Meters — 1. Jacie Crutcher 12:39.57

100 Hurdles — 10. Jesslyn Messerly 20.49; 11. Brynna Croy 21.56.

4×100 Relay — 1. Webster City 54.33 (Hay, Woodle, Tatum Goings, Sankey).

4×200 Relay — 2. Webster City 1:56.46 (Goings, Woodle, Hay, Sankey).

4×400 Relay — 6. Webster City 5:16.07 (Croy, Queen, Kamryn Pruismann, Crutcher).

Sprint Medley Relay — 5. Webster City 2:08.59 (Goings, Alayna Finucan, Pruismann, Sankey).

Distance Medley Relay — 3. Webster City 5:13.98 (Gallentine, Pruismann, Queen, Crutcher).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 3. Webster City 1:25.59 (Pruismann, Goings, Messerly, Croy).