Girls win Williamsburg track meet
Heading toward the middle of the track season, Solon’s girls continue to rely on balanced performances throughout the lineup. However, key contributions are showing up from several freshmen and a few other new faces in the lineup.
Solon won the April 8 Williamsburg Invitational with wins in seven events, and by scoring in all but one of the 19 events.
“We told the girls getting off the bus that this lineup was not one set for scoring a lot of points; that if they wanted to win, somebody was going to have to step up… and a few more people did,” reviewed coach Brent Sands. “I thought Katie and Audrey both ran very well– two big wins for us. Katie cut a couple seconds off which I thought was pretty impressive given the conditions.”
Katie, as in Folkerts, notched her first meet win (1:11.60) in the grueling 400 hurdles; and Audrey, as in Lester, with her first ‘first’ (17.26) in the 100 hurdles.
First place points also came via Shelby Gunnells in the shot put (40’2), and also in the discus (114’7). Jordan Smith took first in the long jump stretching the tape 15’11.25. Back on the track, wins came in the 4x100 meter relay (Emma Moss, Sydney Lawson, Emily Ira, Smith in 52.71) and 4x200 relay (1:52.52), with the same quartet.
“The relay times were pretty good, considering we fumbled handoffs in each,” noted Sands. “We need to cut about three seconds in the 4x200 to have a shot at qualifying for Drake; going a little lower in the 4x100, too, would be safe.” Qualifying for the Drake Relays is a mid-season goal for Iowa high school programs. The nationwide track showcase in Des Moines includes about a dozen high school events, all on a ‘best in state’ qualifying standard.
Other standouts in the Williamsburg meet included a 1-4-8 finish from Gunnells, Katy Misel (104’0) and Morgan Kroymann (88’0) in the discus, as well as a 1-3-4 Gunnells, Misel (33’11.5), and freshman Bryce Hinkel (32’8) finish in the shot put. Though only two entries per school are allowed to score in an event, that third finisher provides insurance that the points are still there, if one of the top performers stumbles. Likewise, in the long jump, freshman Jessica Heick (14’9.75) and Emma Moss (14’8) landed in fourth and fifth, backing Smith’s win.
Adding to the team total were Molly Walkner (2:30.73) in the 800; Sydney Lawson (13.05) in the 100; Trisha Coberly (fifth, 1:06.32) and Hailey Bell (sixth, 1:07.11) in the 400; Coberly, Shafer, Walkner and Eva Platz (third, 11:02.65) in the 4x800 relay; and Olivia Erenberger, Vance, freshman McKenna Miller and Lester (1:18.52) in the shuttle hurdle relay. In the distance medley, freshman Ali Prybil led off the second place finish (4:44.11), with Shafer, Kristina Shelman and Folkerts taking the baton.
Heick came back with fifth place (28.54) in the 200. Bell, Ira, Lawson and Platz (1:59.34, including a 1:05+ anchor 400 from Platz) were third in the Sprint Medley, with Moss, Walkner, Bell and Smith teaming for a second place finish (4:22.07) in the 4x400. Showing their growing depth in the long sprints/middle distance, a second Solon team of Shelman, Shafer, Heick and Brokaw would have been fifth overall (4:38.25) and an all-freshman team of Heick, Lexi Stebral, Miller and Prybil (56.80) had the seventh best overall time in the 4x100, backing Solon’s winning quartet. And not to be overlooked, a tie for sixth in the high jump, from Lester, clearing 4’2 for the final half point.
“With the wind, there were not a lot of low times or season bests,” observed Sands. “It was one of those ‘if you ran about the same, you ran pretty well’ nights. Lawson ran a very good 100. She beat a girl she had lost to earlier. The throws continue to be good to us. Katy Misel’s 104’0 discus throw was a personal record for her.”
After a cancelled-because-of-cold meet Monday, the Lady Spartans next see action Thursday at Davenport North.