Central girls track and field team one point shy of conference title

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Hannah Asche, Delaney Scherf, Kaitlyn Wiley and Jaydin Dettman were part of Central’s conference-winning 4x400 meter relay team. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Brandy Beatty, Kaitlyn Wiley, Gracie Cummer and McKenna Jaster were victorious in the 400 meter shuttle hurdle relay at the Upper Iowa Conference meet on May 6.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central girls track and field team put on a thrilling show at the May 6 Upper Iowa Conference meet, nearly pulling off the victory over North Fayette Valley in the final event.


“We had a fun and exciting conference meet. All day long, we competed very well and the announcer helped create extra excitement by often giving the team scores during the meet,” said head coach Martha Bauder. “We knew very well that we were six points behind North Fayette Valley at the beginning of the 4x400 relay. We knew we had an excellent chance to win the relay, but we also knew we had to have North Fayette get fifth place or lower in order for us to win the meet. In dramatic fashion, North Fayette won the slow heat, so we had to wait until our heat was done to see if their time was faster than anyone in our heat. Well, North Fayette finished fourth by beating Turkey Valley by a half-second and, sadly, we finished second by one point. But the agony of defeat only lasted a short time because, overall, we did such a great job competing.”


North Fayette Valley finished the meet with 122 points, while the Warriors compiled 121. Four Central athletes scored over 10 points, including Kaitlyn Wiley with 15, Gracie Cummer with 12.5, Brandy Beatty with 10.5 and Brittni Tieden with 10. Another 20 Warriors scored points for the team during the meet. 


Central showed off its season-long consistency starting with the 100 meter dash, as Mackayla Vlazny finished  10th  and Brooklyn Amsden a close 12th. 


In the 200 meter dash, Maci Kluesner crossed the line ninth with a personal record time of 32.41, and Madylen Gregerson finished in 10. 


The 400 meter dash included more top-10 finishes, as Wiley finished second with a time of 1:05.58, adding eight points to the team total. Staci Herman had a seventh place effort, earning two points and setting a personal record time of 1:12.13.


The 800 meter run was highlighted by Delany Scherf’s fourth place finish. She picked up five points and raced to a  personal record time of 2:33.76. Teammate Mylee Wingert finished the race  14th. 


In the 1500 meter run, Jaydin Dettman finished in fifth place while Allie Mussman was right behind in sixth. The runners combined for five points. 


Mussman came back for the 3000 meter run, finishing sixth with a time of 13:28.07, good for three points. Eva Embretson kept the top-10 finishes going with an eighth place run and a time of 15:18.82.


In the hurdles, the Warriors were led by Beatty, who finished the 100 meter event in third place, crossing the line in 17.34. Teammate McKenna Jaster finished sixth. Combined, the two provided nine team points. 


In the 400 meter hurdles, Gracie Cummer starred with a fourth place finish in a time of 1:15.52, adding five team points. Taylor Moser finished the race sixth with a personal record time of 1:20.85, which was worth three more points. 


In the throwing events, the Warriors relied on Abby Cummer and Aly Feickert. In the discus, it was Feickert who led the way, with a personal record throw of 89 feet, 11 inches, which was good for seventh place. Cummer finished the event eighth. In the shot put, Cummer was the top team finisher in third place with a distance of 32 feet, 3 inches. Feickert was 11th, but achieved a personal record distance.  


Tieden led the way in the jumping events, with another first place finish in the high jump. She hit a height of 4 feet, 8 inches and gained 10 points for the team. Gracie Cummer came through in the long jump with a fourth place finish and personal record jump of 15 feet, 3 inches. Teammate Lexi Loan also reached a personal record jump of 14 feet, 7.5 inches, finishing sixth. The duo won a combined eight points. 


It was the relays where the Warriors shined, though. The team finished in the top five in every relay and won two of them. 


The 4x400 was the highlight, as Hannah Asche, Wiley, Delaney Scherf and Dettman finished in a time of 4:20.61, almost four seconds ahead of second place Kee High. 


The 400 shuttle hurdle relay was another victory for the Warriors, when Beatty, Wiley, Gracie Cummer and Jaster turned in a time of 1:14.42, less than half a second ahead of West Central. 


In the 4x100, the Warriors sent out Maddy Wille, Grace Kuehl, Wiley and Beatty, who finished second with a time of 54.02, losing to Turkey Valley by less than half a second. 


The team added a third place finish in the 4x200 meter relay, when the group of Lexi Loan, Ashlyn Scherf, Shannon Farmer and Alivia Keppler finished at 2:02.96. 


It was the same result in the 800 sprint medley—with the team of Wille, Haley Mueller, Asche and Dettman—as well as the 1600 distance medley. That race featured the quartet of Wille, Kuehl, Asche and Delaney Scherf.


The 4x800 meter relay foursome of Lizzie Royer, Moser, Katelyn Scherf and Carly Kluesner was fourth. 


Bauder admitted the Warriors over-achieved in 10 events, meaning they placed higher than she  predicted. Of the 19 events, the team finished at or above expectations in 15 of them. Along with that, the Warriors double placed in seven of the 12 individual events and had 13 personal records.


The girls will now head to districts at Edgewood-Colesburg on May 13. The meet will serve as the team’s state-qualifying event as well.

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