Host FDSH 2nd at Dodger Relays
Fort Dodge head girls track coach Todd Constable left the 33rd Dodger Relays feeling excited about where his team is headed.
The host Dodgers placed fourth overall here Thursday, scoring 87 points and winning seven events. Waukee was first with 112 points, followed by Humboldt and Dallas Center-Grimes.
It’s been two years since Fort Dodge hosted its own event, as weather has canceled the recent runnings. This year, despite some wind and late chill temperatures, it was an almost-perfect night.
“I could not be more pleased with how we performed,” Constable said. “Everybody, from the junior varsity ranks through varsity, came out and had great performances.
“We’ve had a rough season so far with the weather, but this was a great night and our kids took advantage.”
Shariah Smith clocked a 12.77 in the 100-meter dash to earn gold, while teammate Tiana Mericle won the 200 in 26.88.
Smith, Car’Maiya Mosley, Lexi Astor and Mericle crossed home in 51.57 to secure the 4×100 relay, while Smith, Alexis Lessmeier, Mericle and Astor comprised the winning sprint medley relay in 1:55.94 – over five seconds ahead of runner-up Humboldt.
“Tiana had the kind of night you want to have as a senior,” Constable said. “She ran some great splits and going out with a win in the 200 is just a great accomplishment for her.
“The ultimate goal is a team title, but in track, you really like to see your kids win events because it shows how hard they have worked to better their craft.”
Astor continued her strong showing in the long jump, leaping 16-3.5 to win the title by over two feet. Justice Crooks won the 400 hurdles in 1:15.09, edging out Humboldt’s Brittney Nilles, while Mosley claimed the shot put title with a throw of 35-10.5.
“That should get Car’Maiya into Drake (the cut-off was Thursday night),” Constable said. “And Lexi just continued to excel in the long jump.
“I was really proud of Justice’s effort in the hurdles, too. We’re just really starting to get into a grove right now.”
Fort Dodge added four more event titles in junior varsity action, as Quinea Lawrence won the 200 (28.78) and Kelsey Illo claimed the shot put (27-6). Myleesha Clayton was runner-up in the discus (83-8).
The other two Dodger JV wins came in the 4×100 relay (Elizabeth Slater, Olivia Egli, Alexis Wolfe and Lawrence; 57.64) and 4×200 relay (Wolfe, Egli, Carson Jarrard and Lawrence; 2:02.64).
Along with the performance of his kids, Constable was also pleased to see the Fort Dodge community come out and support track.
“To look up in the stands and see (former Dodger) greats like Sam Moser and Nik Moser – that shows how much track means to this town,” he said. “And everyone involved with the meet, from (FDSH athletic and activities director)?Matt Elsbecker to Fran Long and all the workers … things were ran perfectly.”
Fort Dodge runs again on Monday at Marshalltown in the Bobcat Invitational.