Gael girls shake off the rust
Competing for just the second time this year, St. Edmond head track coach Liz Flattery saw plenty of things to get excited about.
Due to inclement weather, the Gaels have had a number of meets called off. Thursday night, they were able to perform at the Dodger Relays in front of a home crowd.
St. Edmond placed eighth overall, as Waukee took home top honors. Humboldt was second, followed by Dallas Center-Grimes, Fort Dodge, Ankeny Centennial, Mason City and Des Moines Hoover.
“Considering the competition and the fact that we’ve only been in action twice now, I was pretty happy with what I saw,” said Flattery, who is in her first year as head coach. “We had a lot of personal bests and the girls were excited to run at this meet.”
Megan Flattery defeated two runners from Waukee to take home the 400 title, clocking a time of 1:02.04, almost three seconds ahead of runner-up Caitlin Krohnke.
Flattery was also third in the high jump (4-8) and fifth in the 200 (28.01).
The distance medley relay of Madi Reel, Maggie Harvey, Kara Salinas and Clare Flattery placed third in 4:59.54.
“I thought Megan did a really nice job in the 400,” Flattery said. “And the distance medley ran a good race. Clare had a really nice anchor for us.”
Jessica Kuebler added a fifth-place performance in the shot put with a throw of 31-5.25.
The Gaels return to action on Tuesday at Pocahontas in the Indian Relays.
The Wildcats relied on three firsts and five runner-up finishes to place second overall.
Sam Larson won the 1500 in 5:10.64 and placed second in the 3000 (10:48.50). She also anchored the winning distance medley, which clocked a time of 4:36.72 and placed 20 seconds ahead of Waukee.
Joining Larson on the winning medley were Caitlyn Wadsley, Maggy Duffield and April Jones.
The Wildcats also claimed the 4×800 title behind Brittney Nilles, Jones, Beth Duffield and Maddie Kampen in 10:07.19.
Earning seconds were Nilles in the 400 hurdles (1:15.80), the 4×400 relay (Jones, Nilles, Kampen, Beth Duffield; 4:25.78), the sprint medley (Wadsley, Kessa Kuyper, Jones, Kampen; 2:01.08) and Amaris Runia in the shot put (35-4.75).