Good to be home
Lynx win 3 events, finish 4th at own meet
WEBSTER CITY — A senior said goodbye to her home track with a gold medal. A freshman announced her presence to the home fans with a pair of gold medals at the Lynx Invite.
In some ways, it was the changing of the guard for the Webster City girls’ track and field team yesterday on and around the Bob Buckley Track. Seniors Lexi Nichols and Kaelyn Butz received a proper send off, while freshman Adeline Tesdahl showed there’s plenty to look forward to in the future.
Tesdahl and Nichols were responsible for the Lynx three first-place finishes, and the team piled up nine medals in all to procure fourth place in the team race. WCHS registered 96 points to finish behind three North Central Conference rivals — Iowa Falls-Alden (119 points), Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (115) and Algona (112).
St. Edmond (70), Perry (34), Eagle Grove (25) and Clear Lake (15) rounded out the eight-team field.
WCHS head coach Clint Howard was again pleased with the progress of his squad and commended his two seniors on a quality performance. But more than anything, he was just happy to be back in front of familiar fans for the first time in a long time.
“It was great to be home finally because I think the last time we ran at home was our seniors’ freshman season,” he said. “I now the girls were collectively excited to get to run here and we challenged them to battle and put on a good show, and I think they did that.
“It was great for Lexi to win her senior year at home and Kaelyn is working as hard as anybody we’ve got.”
Nichols topped the high jump field by clearing 4 feet, 10 inches — a height that has given her trouble in recent weeks. She nearly cleared 5-feet as well on her third and final attempt, but just clipped the bar with the back of her leg. But her performance throughout the competition ensured she had already won the gold.
Tesdahl gave WCHS a second victory in the field events, as she bested the rest of the long jump entrants. She splashed down with a mark of 15-4.
The Lynx thrived before the meet moved to the track. Hannah Brandt added a silver medal in the discus with a heave of 93-2 and Reese Casey was the bronze medalist in the high jump (4-6).
Tesdahl’s second victory came as the sun began to set in the 400-meter hurdles, as she was the first runner around the track in 1:17.20. The rookie also ran the opening leg on the Lynx shuttle hurdle relay and had the quartet out front — it eventually placed second in 1:16.84 — and then anchored the 4×200 to a runner-up showing (1:54.27).
Howard says his biggest issue with Tesdahl going forward is how he utilizes her versatility.
“She hurdles, she jumps, she’s a sprinter, she can do it all,” he said. “To be honest, that’s the problem, where we focus her energy going forward. But we think (the 400 hurdles) is an event that she can do really well in.”
Lynne Roberts, McKenzie Mishler and Brynna Croy completed the shuttle hurdle quartet. Kennedy Moore, Marah Range and Dasha Sankey got the baton around to Tesdahl on the 4×200.
Shelby Queen gave WCHS its second individual bronze medal in the 400, as she took one spin around the track in 1:07.91. She opened the 4×800 for the Lynx and that group placed third as well (11:15.31). Sankey, Butz and Emma Peck ran second, third and fourth.
“We ran several season’s bests, which is where you want to be this time of year,” Howard said. “The 4×800 took nine seconds off its time after it took 10 off last Thursday at Fort Dodge, so it’s running well.”
Thursday at Webster City
1. Iowa Falls-Alden 119; 2. CGD 115; 3. Algona 112; 4. Webster City 96; 5. St. Edmond 70; 6. Perry 34; 7. Eagle Grove 25; 8. Clear Lake 15.
Webster City Results
High Jump — 1. Lexi Nichols 4-10; 3. Reese Casey 4-6.
Long Jump — 1. Adeline Tesdahl 15-4; 4. Bonnie Nohrenberg 14-11⁄4.
Shot Put — 5. Delaney Kopriva 29-2; 10. Shelby Brim 24-1.
Discus — 2. Hannah Brandt 92-3; 8. Brim 68-1.
100 Meters — 8. Kennedy Moore 14.33; 10. Nohrenberg 14.55.
100 Hurdles — 4. Brynna Croy 19.26; 7. Lynne Roberts 20.45.
200 Meters — 4. Dasha Sankey 30.02; 11. Nalani Baukham 31.75.
400 Meters — 3. Shelby Queen 1:07.91.
400 Hurdles — 1. Tesdahl 1:17.20; 5. Croy 1:22.00.
800 Meters — 5. Kaelyn Butz 2:42.36; 7. Emma Peck 2:46.91.
4×100 Relay — 6. WCHS 56.39 (Nohrenberg, Alayna Finucan, Moore, Range).
4×200 Relay — 2. WCHS 1:54.27 (Moore, Marah Range, Sankey, Tesdahl).
Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 2. WCHS 1:16.84 (Tesdahl, Roberts, Mckenzie Mishler, Croy).
4×400 Relay –4. WCHS 4:34.50 (Queen, Sankey, Butz, Peck).
4×800 Relay — 3. WCHS 11:15.31 (Queen, Sankey, Butz, Peck).
Distance Medley Relay — 6. WCHS 5:27.90 (Finucan, Chloe Andersen, Sierra Stuerwald, Carly Appel).