Sweet 17: Hay leaps way into Class 3A top five at Wildcat Relays

Woodle, Queen silver medalists for fourth-place Lynx girls

WCHS junior Ashlyn Hay eyes the pit as she is airborne during the long jump at Monday’s Wildcat Relays in Humboldt. She set a new personal best of 17 feet 11⁄2 inches and won the gold medal by more than a foot. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

HUMBOLDT — Hearing 17 feet blared out by the meet worker manning the long jump was so much fun for Ashlyn Hay here Monday night that she decided to do it twice.

And that’s twice more than she’d ever heard that after her jumps.

The Webster City junior won the long jump by more than a foot at the Wildcat Relays and in the process vaulted into the top five in Class 3A with less than a month to go before the best in the class convene for the state meet.

Following a first attempt that measured 16 feet, 7 inches — easily good enough to win the event — Hay uncorked a career-best 17-11⁄2 on her second jump to vault up to fourth in 3A. Had she reached that distance four days earlier, she would have qualified for the Drake Relays.

Hay added leaps that measured 16-11 and 17-0.

Webster City freshman Shelby Queen (center) nears the finish line as she sprints down the straightaway in the 400-meter dash at Monday’s Wildcat Relays in Humboldt. Queen placed second in the event. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

Teammate and WCHS senior Zoey Woodle took the silver in the long jump with a leap of 16-1.

“Zoey went 16-1 and Ashlyn had the three best jumps of her career, and to do that in the conditions was fantastic,” WCHS head coach Clint Howard said. “(Assistant) coach (Brad) Van Deer has been doing a fantastic job with them.”

The 1-2 finish gave the Lynx a solid start to a meet in which they scored 76 points and finished fourth. Humboldt ran away with its own relays title by claiming nine gold medals and 20 top-three finishes in all. The Wildcats scored 190 points, miles ahead of runner-up Algona (1251⁄2). Hampton-Dumont (86) took third.

WCHS brought home five medals, four of them in individual events.

Woodle added a runner-up finish in the 100-meter dash, as she leaned across the finish line in 13.60 seconds. Freshman Shelby Queen, who splits her time between track and soccer, fared well in the 400; she was second as well in 1:09.51.

Jacie Crutcher added a third-place finish in the 3,000 (12:58.53). Bronze also went to the shuttle hurdle relay (1:21.99) of Tatum Goings, Brynna Croy, Kamryn Pruismann and Jesslyn Messerly.

Wildcat Relays

Monday at Humboldt

Team Standings

1. Humboldt 190; 2. Algona 1251⁄2; 3. Hampton-Dumont 86; 4. Webster City 76; 5. Southeast Valley 69; 6. Pocahontas Area 66; 7. St. Edmond 63; 8. Estherville-Lincoln Central 521⁄2.

Webster City Results

Long Jump — 1. Ashlyn Hay 17-11⁄2; 2. Zoey Woodle 16-1.

High Jump — 5. Lexi Nichols 4-10.

Shot Put — 7. Morgan Gallentine 29-3; 8. Hannah Brandt 28-9.

Discus — 6. Gallentine 90-6; 7. Brandt 82-3.

100 Meters — 2. Woodle 13.60; 9. Hay 14.32.

200 Meters — 4. Woodle 28.11; 6. Tatum Goings 30.05.

400 Meters — 2. Shelby Queen 1:09.51.

1,500 Meters — 9. Jacie Crutcher 6:22.18.

3,000 Meters — 3. Crutcher 12:58.53.

100 Hurdles — 12. Jesslyn Messerly 20.47.

4×100 Relay — 5. Webster City 55.46 (Goings, Hay, Alayna Finucan, Woodle).

4×200 Relay — 7. Webster City 2:03.95 (Goings, Finucan, Nichols, Kamryn Pruismann).

4×400 Relay — 8. Webster City 5:52.83 (Pruismann, Allison Carr, Emily Lovelace, Crutcher).

Sprint Medley Relay — 7. Webster City 2:08.40 (Marah Range, Finucan, Pruismann, Queen).

Distance Medley Relay — 8. Webster City 5:40.04 (Range, Gallentine, Brynna Croy, Lovelace).

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 3. Webster City 1:21.99 (Goings, Croy, Pruismann, Messerly).