SPORTS SHORTS: Mustang girls take Union team title

LA PORTE CITY – The East Marshall girls’ track and field team tallied five first-place finishes on its way to the team title at the Union Early Bird on Thursday.

All five victories came in individual events, with two of the three running triumphs coming in hurdles races. Haley Fye took the 400-meter hurdles in an unofficial time of 1 minute, 15.48 seconds, and teammate Madisen Hinegardner was third. Hinegardner was tops in the 100 hurdles in 17.44.

Brooke Miller captured first place in the 400 (1:04.6), while the other two wins came from the field events. Taylor Fricke won the shot put competition with a heave of 32 feet, 1 inch, and Meriel Leavy cleared 4-6 to win the high jump. Ashley Allen was second in the discus and third in the shot.

The Mustangs totaled 168 team points to outdistance host Union Community (121) and Benton Community (105). Vinton-Shellsburg (87), Clarksville (74), Wapsie Valley (54), Oelwein (50) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (15) rounded out the field.

GMG boys lead locals at Meskwaki

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT – Brock Fisher and Bryce Newcomb both captured two individual event victories to lead the GMG boys’ track and field team to a third-place tie at the Meskwaki Warriors Relays on Thursday night.

The Wolverines scored 115 points to share third with BGM in the nine-team meet. Montezuma won with 166 points, followed by Janesville with 120. Area schools South Tama (seventh, 31), North Tama (eighth, 30) and host Meskwaki (ninth, 16) rounded out the field.

Fisher was first down the home stretch in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning in 11.91 and 23.91 seconds, respectively. Newcomb, who was second in the 200, won the 400 (53.0) and the long jump (20 feet, 1 inch).

North Tama’s Omar Martinez scored all of his team’s 30 points, winning three events. He claimed gold in the 800 (2:07.6), 1,600 (4:56.26) and the 3,200 (10:54).

Nata Hala placed third in the discus with a heave of 109-7 to lead South Tama, while Meskwaki’s top finish came from the 4×100 relay team of Allis Tahahwah, Kade Brown, Tyus Grant and Terrell Grant, which was fourth in 50.8. Tahahwah, Brown, Lawrence Stands and Terrell Grant combined to place fifth in the 4×200, and Tahahwah logged the Warriors’ top individual result by scoring sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

On the girls’ side, the South Tama junior varsity was the top local finisher with a runner-up result, trailing champion Montezuma (108) by just three points. North Tama tallied 96 points for fourth place, and Meskwaki got 56 points for sixth.

A 1-2 finish for Naomi Hoskey and Mallory Thede in the 3,000 highlighted the day for the South Tama contingent.

Two of North Tama’s five event victories went to Abi Watson, who won the 800 (2:37) and the 1,500 (5:27.34). Sam Watson finished atop the 400, while Meskwaki’s Claire Kapayou was second.

Redhawk relay teams claimed gold in the 4×400 (Sam Watson, Anna Kvidera, Josie Youel, Jessi Jacobs; 4:40.53) and the distance medley (Youel, Kvidera, Jacobs, Abi Watson; 4:41.95).

Marci Guevara charted the lone event win for Meskwaki, clearing 86-3 for the discus championship. Grace Tahahwah was second in the 100 (13.85) and the shot put (31-4), and the Warriors’ 4×200 foursome of Tahahwah, Sara Ikebe-Bear, Kredence Clark and Dairrah Keahna was third (2:04.1).