Warriors pick up dominant win at Postville, place second at Starmont

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Lexi Loan takes flight in the long jump during the April 6 meet at Postville. She finished fifth in the event. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Maci Kluesner ran the 3000 at the Starmont Invitational, finishing in fifth place.

Brittni Tieden runs in the distance medley relay at the Starmont Invitational, finishing fifth with teammates Ashlyn Scherf, Carly Kluesner and Staci Herman.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central girls track and field team put together another solid week, winning a meet at Postville, then placing second at Starmont, setting numerous personal records and season bests along the way. 


In the April 6 meet at Postville, the team scored 101 points, one of its highest scores over the last three season and higher than all but one score during the 2019 season.


The Warriors also set 13 personal records and 13 season-best marks, and four athletes scored over 10 points, including Brandy Beatty with a team-high 16, Hannah Asche with 13.5, Jaydin Dettman with 10.25 and Gracie Cummer with 10. 


Four of the team’s points were earned in the 100 meter dash. Maddy Wille placed fourth after running a season best 13.57. Other Central runners included Shannon Farmer, who finished 15th with a personal record time of 14.56, and Mackayla Vlazny in 20th. 


In the 200, the Warriors sent out three runners, with the top finisher being Ashlyn Scherf, who came in 15th with a time of 30.77, while teammates Madylen Gregerson and Brooklyn Amsden finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively.  


The 400 saw another top-five finish for the Warriors, when Kaitlyn Wiley placed fourth with a season-best 1:07.61, earning the team four points. Teammate Carly Kluesner finished 14th. 


Central sent a message to the field in the 100  hurdles, when Beatty won the race with a personal-best time of 17.15, earning 10 points, while teammate McKenna Jaster finished fifth, earning two points.


In the 400 meter hurdles, Gracie Cummer added a third-place finish, crossing the line in 1:17.23, which was a personal record and also good enough for six points. Taylor Moser finished seventh, running a personal record time of 1:26.03. 


The top-five finishes continued in the 1500, as Delaney Scherf placed fourth with a time of 5:42.34, which was a season-best time and earned the team four points. Allie Mussman finished 10th. 


The 3000 meter run produced two top-five finishes, including a race win by Dettman, who ran a season-best 12:36.73. Royer finished fourth. 


In the 800 meter run, two Warriors took to the track, with Lizzie Royer finishing ninth after running a season-best 3:02.98, and Mylee Wingert crossing the line in 15th.


The Warriors won the 400 shuttle hurdle relay with Beatty, Wiley, Lexi Loan and Jaster finishing in 1:15.43 and earning 10 points. The 4x400 squad of Asche, Wiley, Wille and Beatty took second with a season-best 4:27.60, worth eight points. 


In the 800 sprint medley relay, Wille, Beatty, Asche and Delaney Scherf crossed in third place, while, in the 4x200, Ashlyn Scherf, Loan, Vlazny and Staci Herman combined to place fourth with a time of 2:03.40. 


The 4x100 relay of Kuehl, Mueller, Farmer and Keppler finished fifth with a time of 57.89. In the 1600 distance medley, Keppler, Kuehl, Mueller and Dettman finished sixth. The team of Mussman, Carly Kluesner, Wingert and Katelyn Scherf ran in the 4x800 relay and placed eighth. 


The Warriors had four discus throwers, with Abby Cummer leading the way with a distance of 81-10, which was good enough for seventh place. Aly Feickert finished 12th, Regan Rosol 25th and Maci Winters 37th. 


The Warriors shined in the jumping events, as Brittni Tieden finished second in the high jump with a height of 4-08, earning eight points. The long jump had four Warriors place in the top 10, with Asche winning the event thanks to a personal-record jump of 14-09. Teammate Gracie Cummer finished fourth, while Loan was fifth and Maci Kluesner came in 10th. 


In the shot put, Abby Cummer continued to impress, finishing fifth with a distance of 30-09, while Feickert placed 21st, Rosol 34th and Winters 37th. 


“This was a fun meet for the team. First, because the weather was fantastic and, secondly, because as team scores were announced periodically during the meet, we were ahead the whole way,” said coach Martha Bauder. “We just kept scoring in each event, which shows the combination of talent and numbers that our team has. The biggest plus is that we’re definitely not in good condition yet, so we should be able to keep improving a lot in the next meets.” 


The Warriors kept the winning going at the April 8 Starmont Invitational. They comfortably finished in second place, scoring 133 points and earning 11 personal records and six season-best times. 


Abby Cummer scored a season-best distance of 31 feet, 1.5 inches in the shot put and finished in second place. She was followed by Feickert in seventh and Winters in 13th. 


Cummer added another second place finish in the discus with a distance of 90 feet, 4 inches, while Feickert was fifth and Winters finished 10th with a personal record distance of 36 feet, 8.5 inches. 


Tieden continued to be strong in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches and finishing second. 


The Warriors added two top-five finishes in the long jump when Maci Kluesner finished fourth with a jump of 13 feet, 2 inches and Gracie Cummer finished fifth. 


In the sprint medley relay, two Warrior teams finished in the top 10, as Ashlyn Scherf, Mueller, Kuehl and Wille came in second with a time of 2:05.6, while Loan, Gregerson, Vlazny and Herman finished sixth at 2:17.6. 


The Warriors also had two second place finishes in the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relays. In the 4x100, Wille, Jaster, Kuehl and Beatty earned a season-best time of 54.2, while, in the 4x400, Gracie Cummer, Delaney Scherf, Dettman and Wiley had a 4:36.4 time. 


In the 4x200, Gracie Cummer, Herman, Brooklyn Amsden and Farmer finished fourth with a time of 2:07.1. 


Two Warrior teams were top 10 in the distance medley, as Tieden, Herman, Ashlyn Scherf and Carly Kluesner finished fifth with a time of 5:50.6, and the team of Moser, Vlazny, Eva Embretson and Katelyn Scherf combined for sixth place. 


Beatty provided a meet highlight with a victory in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing the race in 17.28. Also in the race were Jaster, who came in sixth, Gregerson, who was 10th, and Tieden, who was 12th. 


Central pulled off another victory in the 400  hurdles, when Wiley ran a personal record time of 1:16.4. Moser crossed in seventh, followed by Carly Kluesner in 11th and Embretson in 12th.


In the 800, Delaney Scherf crossed the finish line in first place, aided by a season-best time of 2:40.71, while teammate Mussman finished sixth. 


Personal records were also set in the 1500, as Dettman finished third with a time of 5:55.1 and Royer crossed in fifth, running a 6:01.4. 


The 3000 meter run continued the top-five finishes, as Mussman finished fourth with a time of 13:48.1 and Maci Kluesner crossed in fifth place at 17:50.7. 


In the sprint events, Wille was the top finisher in the 100 meter dash, placing fifth with a time of 14.15. She was followed by Farmer in 16th, Mueller in 18th and Keppler in 22nd.


Wille also led the way in the 200, earning a sixth place finish after crossing the line in 29.2. Mueller set a personal record time of 31.6 and finished 13th, while Amsden was 19th. 


The Warriors sent out four runners in the 400, with Dettman leading the way with a fourth place finish and a season-best time of 1:06.3. Wingert ran a personal record time of 1:18.8, which was good for 10th place. Maci Kluesner and Winters finished 12th and 20th, respectively. 


“This meet was quite different from Postville. I think mainly due to the weather being much colder and windy. But, overall, I thought we were just a little flat. We had some hand off errors, we didn’t have quite as many PRs and season bests,” said Bauder. “But on the other hand, placing second and scoring 133 points was actually quite good. And again, we have so much room for improvement as we gain better conditioning and experience.” 


The Warriors get back on the track on April 13 at Oelwein, followed by a meet at Decorah on April 15.

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