JEWELL - The Collins-Maxwell girls’ track team accounted for 13 medals, placing third at the George Abell Hawkette Relays April 23 in Jewell.
The Spartans won four events and added four silver and five bronze medals to score 117.5 points. Roland-Story won the team title with 136 points and South Hamilton was second with 129.5.
“This is where I normally complain about the wind or temperatures and make excuses for not running fast times, but it really doesn’t get any better than the weather that we had tonight,” Collins-Maxwell head girls’ track coach Jerry Meinerts said. “We had several girls run their best times on the year!”
All running events on the track were hand-timed.
Alexis Houge was part of three of Collins-Maxwell’s victories.
Houge won the 100-meter dash in 12.72 seconds and the 400 in 1:01.83. She beat the :12.98 by Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Courtney Harle for first in the 100 and the 1:02.24 run by Des Moines Christian’s Alayna Bakke to win the 400.
Houge also anchored Collins-Maxwell to victory in the sprint medley relay. Jane’e Jones, Shasta Moody and Trinity Stover ran the first three legs as the Spartans finished in 1:58.80 to beat Des Moines Christian by three seconds for first.
“Alexis Houge ran some incredible times tonight,” Meinerts said. “We spent some time earlier this week working on her starts and trying to clean up some things, and she looked pretty good at the start tonight.”
Gracie Cheville picked up Collins-Maxwell’s other gold medal in the long jump. Cheville jumped 14 feet, four inches to just nose out the 14-3.75 jump by Roland-Story’s Ava Charlson for first.
Josie Wierson earned silver medals in the 400 hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay. Moody earned a bronze in the 400 hurdles and was also part of the shuttle hurdle team.
Wierson completed the 400 hurdles in 1:19.63 and Moody ran a 1:20.44. South Hamilton’s Emma Heeran won in 1:18.18.
Cheville and Emma Kahler joined Wierson and Moody in the shuttle hurdle. The Spartan team clocked in at 1:15.60 to come in behind South Hamilton’s winning time of 1:10.89.
Mikayla Houge won silver in the 1,500 and the Spartan 4 X 800 team of Kenzi Wierson, Karley Ruiz-Genovese, Carrie Baldwin and Olivia Pasquariello also took second.
Mikayla Houge ran a 5:46.30 to trail only the 5:23.20 by Roland-Story’s Reece Johnson. The Spartan 4 X 800 team finished in 11:54.29 to place behind South Hamilton’s 11:22.73.
Jones, Kenzi Wierson and Pasquariello all joined Moody in earning an individual bronze for Collins-Maxwell.
Jones placed third in the 100 with a :13.32 showing and Kenzie Wierson ran a 2:49.41 in the 800 to come in behind the 2:45.50 by South Hamilton’s Anna Lammers and 2:46.13 by Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Vanessa Kolb. Pasquariello finished the 3,000 in 14:17.09 to only trail the 12:22.22 by Roland-Story’s Kaitlyn Kilstofte and the 13:39.86 by Des Moines Christian’s Sophie Stineman.
Collins-Maxwell’s distance medley team of Reagan Franzen, Kenzi Wierson, Stover and Mikayla Houge clocked in at 4:57.77 to place third. Roland-Story won in 4:34.85 and South Hamilton was second in 4:46.14.
Moody added a fourth-place time of :17.80 in the 100 hurdles. Cheville placed fifth in the event with a time of :17.85.
Jones came in fifth in the 200 with a time of :28.72. Mackenzie Scott had a fifth-place throw of 29-0.5 in the shot put.
The Spartan 4 X 200 team of Kahler, Josie Wierson, Baldwin and Franzen placed fifth in 1:59.61. Kenzi Wierson, Baldwin, Leah Davis and Ruiz-Genovese finished fifth in the 4 X 400 with a 5:04.20 showing.
Ruiz-Genovese was sixth in the open 400 with a time of 1:14.12. Davis took sixth in the high jump after jumping 4-4.
Final team scores: 1. Roland-Story 136 points, 2. South Hamilton 129.5, 3. Collins-Maxwell 117.5, 4. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 109, 5. Des Moines Christian 43, 6. Colo-NESCO 35.