THE REAL DEAL
ERICKSON WINS 4 MORE GOLD MEDALS, SH THIRD AT OWN ABELL HAWKETTE RELAYS
JEWELL — Ashlyn Erickson is composed beyond her years, but don’t let her outward demeanor fool you. Inside burns a fire to win, win and then win some more.
“She’s a silent assassin,” South Hamilton girls’ track and field coach Dan Brodie said of Erickson, a freshman who is just starting to build her legacy. “Ashlyn is a hyper-competitive person. She wants to win, she wants to be the one that gets it done, and she uses that as an edge. When it’s time to perform, she’s going to put all of her effort and energy into doing what it takes to be successful.”
Erickson’s rookie campaign has been littered with one success after another, and that trend continued on her home track Tuesday evening. She collected four more gold medals and led South Hamilton to a third-place finish at the George Abell Hawkette Relays. The Hawks won six events, including five of the seven relays, but just didn’t quite have the depth to hang with meet champion Roland-Story (114 points) and runner-up Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (99). South Hamilton, which was without talented thrower Mackenzy Grady who set the school record in the discus last week, compiled 811⁄2 points.
“I really think that we had a complete effort, but sometimes you run into some really complete teams,” Brodie said. “Our relays ran really well and we had some great individual efforts, so I’m happy with where we’re at. These girls work so dang hard at this and they want to be good.”
Erickson tops that list. Less than two years after undergoing major back surgery, she’s become the Hawks’ closer. In addition to a win in the 400-meter dash (1:02.60), she also anchored the 4×100 (51.90), 4×400 (4:22.61) and sprint medley (1:57.00) relays to titles.
With Erickson on the closing leg, the Hawks have three relays ranked in the top 11 in Class 2A. She also has the second-fastest 400 time for a freshman in the class.
And Brodie believes she’s only scratched the surface.
“She’s still learning her full potential and learning where that can go,” he said. “So I do think that we have yet to see the best version of Ashlyn. I think that’s still out there and it’s going to continue to progress.”
Fellow freshman Tanna Thompson also won four gold medals as part of the Hawks strong relays. Kate Barkema, Kelbe Krumm and Abby Ervin were all a part of three relay wins, Anna Lammers was on two, and Valerie Wagner and Kailyn Northrop joined one.
Krumm also won an individual silver medal in the 100 (12.60). Bronze medals went to Emmaly Fields in the discus (96 feet, 6 inches), Caleigh Hewitt in the high jump (4-8) and Paige Doolittle in the 3,000 (13:16.70).
George Abell Hawkette Relays
Tuesday at Jewell
1. Roland-Story 114; 2. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 99; 3. South Hamilton 811⁄2; 4. Des Moines Christian 51; 5. Collins-Maxwell 431⁄2.
South Hamilton Results
Discus — 3. Emmaly Fields 95-6; 7. Kendra Hoversten 69-1.
Shot Put — 4. Fields 34-21⁄2; 7. Hoversten 28-3.
High Jump — 3. Caleigh Hewitt 4-8; 5. Grace Neuberger 4-6.
Long Jump — 4. Emma Lewis 14-41⁄4.
100 Meters — 2. Kelbe Krumm 12.60; 5. Makena Galetich 13.39.
200 Meters — 4. Zoey Duns 29.40.
400 Meters — 1. Ashlyn Erickson 1:02.60.
800 Meters — 4. Valerie Wagner 2:49.10; 5. Kailyn Northrop 2:51.50.
100 Hurdles — 6. Kenzie Henderson 19.38.
1,500 Meters — 5. Marissa Jensen 6:06.10; 7. Paige Doolittle 6:17.10.
3,000 Meters — 3. Doolittle 13:16.70.
4×100 Relay — 1. SH 51.90 (Kate Barkema, Krumm, Tanna Thompson, Erickson).
4×200 Relay — 1. SH 1:51.43 (Thompson, Krumm, Abby Ervin, Barkema).
4×400 Relay — 1. SH 4:22.61 (Ervin, Thompson, Anna Lammers, Erickson).
4×800 Relay — 1. SH 10:53.90 (Ervin, Wagner, Northrop, Lammers).
Sprint Medley Relay — 1. SH 1:57.00 (Thompson, Krumm, Barkema, Erickson).
Distance Medley Relay — 4. SH 5:16.70 (Duns, Lewis, Lammers, Jensen).