NP wins sprint medley; CMB’s Hurley is second in 400

STORY CITY – Powerhouse programs Gilbert and Roland-Story made it hard for the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and North Polk girls’ track teams to compete for the team title at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet Monday.

CMB and North Polk combined to win just one event and take second in two more on the evening, placing fifth and sixth respectively out of 10 schools participating at the meet. Gilbert and Roland-Story dominated the field as the Tigers won with 152 points and the Norsemen had a score of 142 to easily beat Greene County’s third-place score of 95.

"This just shows you how good the Heart of Iowa Conference is," CMB head coach Jerry Meinerts said. "There were some incredible performances on the track tonight and it was fun to be a part of it."

The Raiders ended up with 67 points to finish 20 points behind Prairie City-Monroe’s fourth-place score.

"We knew going into this meet that we would have to run a perfect meet, have some luck fall our way and run some big-time personal-record times to even have a chance to stay close in this meet," Meinerts said. "Things just didn’t go our way this meet."

The 4 X 800-meter relay and a strong individual outing from freshman Bridget Hurley in the open 400 turned out to be the most successful events for CMB.

The 4 X 800 team of Ashley Girard, Kayla Hennick, Shelby Berg and Anne Deutsch clocked in at 10 minutes, 22.57 seconds to place second. Saydel just edged out CMB for the team title with a time of 10:22.12.

"Our 4 X 800 team ran about eight seconds faster than they have run all year," Meinerts said.

In the 400, Hurley clocked in at 1:02.90. She just missed getting the gold as PCM’s Alexis Kain won in 1:02.65.

"I asked a lot from some of our girls tonight and one of those girls was Bridget," Meinerts said. "She ran three 400s tonight, getting second in the 400, anchoring the sprint medley and wrapping up with the opening leg of the 4 X 400. She is just an amazing 400 runner and will only continue to improve."

Alex Broderick and Abbie Haupert provided CMB with a pair of bronze medals in the field events.

Broderick took third in the high jump after clearing four feet, 10 inches. Haupert was third in the discus with a throw of 106-10.

The Raiders also produced two fourth-place performances in field events. Toni Spencer was fourth in the long jump with a jump of 14-7.5 and Courtney Ubben earned the same spot in the shot put with a throw of 34-3.

North Polk totaled 56 points to come in right behind CMB and 14 points ahead of South Hamilton’s seventh-place score.

"This has been a difficult year with the weather we have been having and we’ve had to battle through a lot of injuries," North Polk head coach Scott Huether said. "It was nice to finally see our team healthy; I thought we ran well tonight and are in good position to run some great races (at the state qualifying meet) Thursday."

The sprint medley provided North Polk with a big shining moment at the meet. The Comet quartet of Malinda Van Dorn, Lilly Lomica, Alex Quick and Sybbie Sears ran a winning time of 1:57.25 to edge Gilbert’s 1:57.89 for the gold.

"I was very impressed with our sprint medley," Huether said. "I thought the first three girls did a great job with handoffs and put Sybbie in contention for the 400. Sybbie ran a very smart 400 leg and showed a lot of guts in the last 100."

Quick, Sears, Samantha Sinclair and Brandi Rose teamed to give North Polk the bronze in the 4 X 400. The Comet team finished in 4:19.00 to hold off Roland-Story for third and come in just behind Saydel’s runner-up time of 4:18.39.

Quick placed third individually in the long jump with a peak jump of 14-10 and Makayla Burt won the bronze in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet even for the Comets.

Sears was fourth in the 100 hurdles with a :16.92 showing and Rachel Zimmerman placed fourth in the 1,500 after crossing the finish line in 5:30.04.

Both the Comets and Raiders will compete in the Class 2A state qualifying meet at Ogden this Thursday. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m.

Final team scores: 1. Gilbert 152 points, 2. Roland-Story 142, 3. Greene County 95, 4. PCM 87, 5. CMB 67, 6. North Polk 56, 7. South Hamilton 42.5, 8. Saydel 40, 9. Colfax-Mingo 32, 10. Nevada 26.5.

Individual results – CMB and North Polk

Shot put – 3. Makayla Burt (NP), 35-0; 4. Courtney Ubben (CMB), 34-3; 6. Payge Jurgens (CMB), 33-4

Discus – 3. Abbie Haupert (CMB), 106-10; 5. Rebecca Sieve (NP), 103-5.5; 7. Burt (NP), 92-0; 8. Ubben (CMB), 90-8.5

Long jump – 3. Alex Quick (NP), 14-10; 4. Toni Spencer (CMB), 14-7.5

High jump – 3. Alex Broderick (CMB), 4-10

3,000-meter run – 6. Hayley Leonard (CMB), 12:19.97; 7. Chasity Moody (CMB), 12:25.77

4 X 800-meter relay – 2. CMB (Ashley Girard, Kayla Hennick, Shelby Berg, Anne Deutsch), 10:22.57; 7. North Polk (Rachel Zimmerman, Tessa Subra, Sadie Swygman, Vanessa Erickson), 11:33.77

Shuttle hurdle relay – 5. North Polk (Quick, Lilly Lomica, Melanie Leach, Sybbie Sears), 1:10.57

100-meter dash – 8. Malinda Van Dorn (NP), :13.72

Distance medley relay – 5. North Polk (Lomica, Leach, Brandi Rose, Samantha Sinclair), 4:37.89; 7. CMB (Broderick, Haupert, Deutsch, Hennick), 4:48.25

400-meter dash – 2. Bridget Hurley (CMB), 1:02.90

4 X 200-meter relay – 8. CMB (Carter Larson, Jessica Pelock, Broderick, Jurgens), 1:59.33

100-meter hurdles – 4. S. Sears (NP), :16.92

800-meter run – 5. Kayla Hennick (CMB), 2:36.88

Sprint medley relay – 1. North Polk (Van Dorn, Lomica, Quick, S. Sears), 1:57.25; 5. CMB (Maddy Poage, Jurgens, Haupert, Hurley), 2:00.36

1,500-meter run – 4. Zimmerman (NP), 5:30.04; 7. Berg (CMB), 5:33.91

4 X 100-meter relay – 6. CMB (Poage, Jurgens, Taylor Ross, Spencer), :55.20; 8. North Polk (Lomica, Maggie Zimmerman, Mallory McDonald, Van Dorn), :56.65

4 X 400-meter relay – 3. North Polk (Quick, S. Sears, Sinclair, Rose), 4:19.00; 5. CMB (Hurley, Hennick, Haupert, Deutsch), 4:24.87.