TRACK & FIELD: South Hardin scores home-meet victory

ELDORA – Racking up 11 top-three finishes, the South Hardin girls’ track team needed just two event winners to top an 11-team field with 124 points at the United Supliers Meet on Friday.

Hudson was six points back at 118, while BCLUW (89) edged Dike-New Hartford by a point for third.

Lydia Rose led the Tigers by winning the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 31.01 seconds and also anchoring the victorious 4×800 unit with Megan Carr, Kassidy Bunger and Miquela Teske in 10:31.69. Sarah Boomgarden earned second in the high jump (5-2) and 200 (27.36), while Claire Damon grabbed silver in the 3,000 (11:59.83). The Tigers also earned runner-up in the 4×400.

BCLUW’s Mallory Vawter swept the 100 hurdles (15.07) and 400 hurdles (1:09.18) and was second in the 100 (12.87).

AGWSR (60) and West Marshall (56.5) were sixth and seventh while Grundy Center (52.5), Colo-NESCO (22) and GMG (17) claimed the final three spots in the field.

AGWSR’s Bethany Lippert claimed the 3,000 in 11:40.05.

West Marshall’s Jennifer Davis dominated the shot put with a winning heave of 39-04, nearly five feet ahead of second, while also taking silver in the discus (103-11). The Trojans also won the 1,600 medley with Sadie Simatovich, Allison Hilleman, Madie Streeter and Shannon Breja.

Hannah Stumberg’s 1:05.04 was the top time in the 400 and she also anchored the Spartan’s winning 4×400 unit joining Kayla Mathews, Piper Johanns and Katie Lindaman.

Angela Brinkman paced Colo-NESCO with a runner-up finish in the 400 hurdles and GMG’s Josie Claassen took fifth in the high jump.


Meinders nets shot put title at Hudson

HUDSON – AGWSR’s Clay Meinders is well on his way to taking part in the 2014 Drake Relays.

The Cougar junior had another throw in the shot put that eclipsed 51 feet Thursday and he was the only athlete from the area to claim an individual win at the Hudson Relays.

Meinders’ best toss of 51-11 1/2 was nearly 7 feet better than the runner-up and that mark was good enough for the ninth-best throw in the state this season. Meinder’s best in 2014 is 53-11, which ranks fourth overall.

Vinton-Shellsburg rolled to the team title after winning seven events and scoring 153 points. Aplington-Parkersburg (81) was second, host Hudson was third (72), while Belle Plaine (66) and East Marshall (63) rounded out the top five. AGWSR was seventh with 40 points.

East Marshall’s best finishes came in the relays where the Mustangs won the 4×800 (Caleb Benzing, Nick Meling, Josh Benzing, Ben Terrones; 8:41.27) and took second in the distance medley (Nick Long, Nick Mommer, Zach Rubenbauer, Terrones; 3:45.47).

Drew Schossow also took second in the 400 hurdles in 59.68 seconds, while Sam Benzing was fourth in 1:00.37. Meling finished third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:58.68 and Caleb Benzing was fourth in 4:59.58.

AGWSR also got a strong performance from senior Austin Heitland, who was second in the 400 (52.99) and third in the 200 (23.9).

Trojan girls third at South Hamilton, boys fourth

JEWELL – A trio of first-place performances led the West Marshall girls’ track and field team to a third-place result at the South Hamilton Invite on Thursday.

Shannon Breja was in on all three Trojan victories, including an individual triumph in the 800-meter run. She clocked in at 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

Breja also anchored the 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams to victory. In the 4×400, Sadie Simatovich, Shelby Larsen and Madie Streeter teamed with Breja to win in 4:23, while the 4×800 foursome of Streeter, Ashley Pfantz, Georgia Porter and Breja timed in at 10:54 for first place.

Allison Hilleman tallied second in the 100 (13.71) and anchored the runner-up 4×200 team, joined by Simatovich, Larsen and Streeter for a time of 1:54.

Jennifer Davis was second in both throwing events, clearing 38 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the shot put and 106-8 in the discus. Breja added a third-place finish in the high jump to her medal haul, clearing 4-6.

The West Marshall boys scored 69 points on their way to fourth place in the six-team meet, which was won by Madrid (165).

The Trojans were denied a first-place finish in the meet, getting five runner-up results to lead the way.

Nathan Bradley took second in both the 1,600 (5:00) and the 3,200 (10:43), while Nick Juel scored second in the long jump (19-1).

Three West Marshall relays were runners-up as well: 4×100 (Blake Young, Elijah Streeter, Juel, Duncan Ferch; 45:24); 4×200 (1:33); and 4×400 (Juel, Jake Thompson, Sam Sheer, Streeter; 3:39).

Ferch finished third in both the 100 (11.15) and 200 (23.55).