GILBERT — The trials and tribulations of being a teenager meant Collins-Maxwell freshman Alexis Houge had to wait to do her part for the Spartan girls’ track team.
Driver’s education made Houge miss a couple meets to start the season.
“The days I couldn’t be there I had driver’s ed late,” Houge said. “Sometimes I’d get a workout from my coach (Jerry Meinerts) and just work out on my own. So I was still keeping in shape.”
Boy, has she made up for missed time upon returning. She set two school records in her first meet back at the Bomber Relays in Huxley on April 5, and three days later, added three more gold medals at Baxter.
At Monday’s Bengal Relays girls’ track meet in Gilbert, Houge again won three gold medals and added one silver. All four came in sprinting events, and she beat both Class A and B competition in her two individual races.
“That’s definitely my role,” Houge said of her sprinting ability. “The more points I can score, the better our team does.”
In her first event at the Bengal Relays, the open 100, Houge edged out Madrid’s Erin Schieltz in a photo finish. Running against a strong wind, Houge leaned across the finish line in 13.97 seconds to just edge out Schieltz’ :13.98.
“I could see her out of the corner of my eye and I just knew I had to hit the lean,” Houge said. “I actually leaned really early. But it worked out.”
Later, in the 4 X 200, Houge teamed with Avery Fricke, Jane’e Jones and Gracie Cheville to run a winning time of 1:53.36. That won Class B by six seconds over South Hamilton and was the second-fastest overall time behind Gilbert’s 1:51.07.
“Both me and Avery, it was our first time running the 4 X 2, so I think it was different for both of us,” Houge said. “But we’re all happy with how it turned out.”
Houge ran the open 200 in :27.89 to beat Schieltz’ :28.24 for first in Class B, and also easily top the fastest Class A time of :29.25 by Iowa Falls-Alden’s Ally Mulford.
In the 4 X 100 Houge joined up with Fricke, Jones and Trinity Stover to clock in at :53.24. Madrid took first in Class B with a time of :51.88.
As a team, Collins-Maxwell placed second in Class B with 141 points. Madrid just edged out the Spartans with 146 points.
Fricke won silver in the 400 hurdles and helped the Spartans finish runner-up in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Fricke completed the 400 hurdles in 1:14.40. East Marshall’s Melinda Puumala easily won the race in 1:07.33.
Cheville, Shasta Moody and Josie Wierson ran the first three legs of the shuttle hurdle for Collins-Maxwell. The Spartans ran a 1:14.02 to come in behind South Hamilton’s 1:11.72.
Stover and Cheville went second and third in the Class B long jump behind Puumala’s winning leap of 15-4.75. Stover jumped 14-4 and Cheville 13-11.
Stover also won silver in the open 400 with a time of 1:06.12 and Jones earned bronze in the 100 with a :14.31 showing. The Spartan 4 X 400 team of Cheville, Moody, Kenzi Wierson and Reagan Franzen won a bronze as well with a time of 4:47.76.
Final Class B team scores: 1. Madrid 146, 2. Collins-Maxwell 141, 3. South Hamilton 125.5, 4. East Marshall 94, 5. Ankeny Centennial JV 87.5, 6. South Hardin 58, 7. Gilbert JV 37, 8. Meskwaki 26.