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Mavericks fend off Coyotes in ‘A’ Relays class

FINAL HANDOFF — Martin County West’s Katie Lange (left) takes the baton from Samantha Hecht during the anchor leg of the Sentinel Relays’ Class A 4x400-meter relay on Friday night at Bob Bonk Track in Fairmont. The Mavericks’ foursome went on to win the gold medal. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Martin County West’s girls track & field team members held the Sentinel Relays’ Class A trophy for a brief moment late Friday night in Fairmont, but had to give it back — momentarily.

After the rain-soaked pole vault results were tabulated 5 minutes later, the Mavericks could rightfully exit Bob Bonk Track with the hard-fought hardware.

Martin County West produced six first-place finishes, four runner-up performances and five third-place showings to amass 145.5 points to power past the Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes’ runner-up team total of 126.5.

“It’s always a good feeling to leave the Sentinel Relays with a team trophy,” said Maverick mentor Curtis Smith.

Makena Larson literally threw the Mavericks into the early lead in the eight-team Relays standings by striking gold in both the shot and discus. Larson heaved the shot to a winning mark of 35 feet, 9 1/4 inches to fend off Fairmont junior varsity thrower Mackenzie Householder (29-5 1/2) before outdistancing Martin County West teammate Liz Fisher in the discus. Larson collected top honors with a toss of 106-3, while Fisher earned a bronze medal at 80-10.

Samantha Hecht, Katie Lange and Olivia Anderson then packed potent scoring punch for the Mavericks on the tarred surface. Lange crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter dash (1:05.24), Anderson struck gold in the open 200 (28.79), while Hecht utilized a late kick to net top honors in the 300 hurdles (51.35).

River Valley’s Sophie Gustafson led Hecht by 15 meters coming down the backstretch before the Maverick hurdler found a reserve source of power in her legs. Hecht rocketed by Gustafson to claim the individual victory and 10 team points for MCW.

“I always have something left for the final stretch. That’s my strategy and it worked,” said Hecht, who also captured third place in the long jump by clearing 14-5. Fairmont junior varsity long jumpers Cassidy Schultz and Rayah Quiring placed 1-2 in the field event at 15-1 and 14-9, respectively.

Hecht and Lange also combined forces on the track to help put the finishing touches on the Mavericks’ first-place 4×400 relay team. Jayda Rowen and Kari Matejka ran the opening two legs before Hecht and Lange capped their winning time of 4:26.99.

North Union’s Hope Steinberger, Lily Henderson, Sam Nielsen and Cassie Beadle pocketed second place in the 4×400 in 4:32.29.

The Mavericks utilized their potent relay teams to claim second in the 4×200 on the strength of a combined time of 1:57.95 from Rowen, Ella Myers, Madasin Whitehead and Anderson, while Myers, Sway Buchmeier, Rowen and Matejka traded handoffs for a silver-medal time of 4:57.2 in the medley.

Rowen rounded out her successful day with a second-place triple jump of 32-10 1/4, Lange pocketed a silver medal in the open 100 (14.06), Kate Hartke place third in the 3,200 (13:12.12) and Caitlin Whitehead earned a bronze in the 1,600 (6:15.0).

Heron Lake-Okabena/ Fulda sophomore standout Morgan Gehl shattered both of the Sentinel Relays’ Class A records in the mile and 2-mile runs. Gehl’s gold-medal time of 5:09.0 bested former Fulda star Julie Kramer’s Relays 1,600 record of 5:11.0 set in 1988, while Gehl crossed the finish line in 11:04.7 to eclipse former Mountain Lake standout Tammy Olson’s 3,200 time of 11:25.0 from 1982.

“I thought I had a chance to break both records today,” said Gehl, who now owns family bragging rights after topping the mark set by Kramer — her aunt.

Nielsen outdueled Steinberger for the second consecutive day in the high jump, with the North Union teammates posting a 1-2 finish on Friday. Nielsen cleared 5-0 in fewer attempts than Steinberger to strike gold at the Relays. Nielsen elevated over the high jump bar at 5-2 on Thursday night to capture the Top of Iowa Conference field event.

Martin County West competes in the True Team Section Meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Mapleton.

Class A Girls

Team Results: 1. Martin County West (MCW) 145.50; 2. Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda (HLO-F) 126.50; 3. Fairmont (FMT) 102.50; 4. St. Clair/Immanuel Lutheran (SC/IL) 101; 5. River Valley (RV) 69; 6. North Union (NU) 54; 7. Fairmont Relay (FMT Relay) 49.50; 8. Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey (MLA-C) 37.

100: 1. Maddie Schumacher, HLO-F 14.02; 2. Katie Lange, MCW 14.06; 3. Erika Wells, RV 14.26; 4. McKayla Chambers, FMT 14.28; 5. Tiegan Meyer MLA-C 14.35; 6. Hailey Dingman, SC/IL 14.51; 7. Rianna Vivens, NU 14.66; 8. Vanessa Schultze, FMT 22.03.

200: 1. Olivia Anderson, MCW 28.79; 2. MacKenzie Householder, FMT 28.89; 3. Maddie Schumacher, HLO-F 28.99; 4. Emily Frank, FMT 29.29; 5. Michala Morin, MLA-C 30.20; 6. Cheyenne Schreoder, NU 34.13.

400: 1. Katie Lange, MCW 1:05.24; 2. Madison Daly, SC/IL 1:05.74; 3. Corene Moeller, FMT 1:06.48; 4. Skylar Fisher, HLO-F 1:10.79; 5. Lauren Davis FMT 1:13.28; 6. Mercedes Saengosoth, MLA-C 1:14.58; 7. Kasandra Watkins, NU 1:19.06.

1600: 1. Morgan Gehl, HLO-F 5:09.00; 2. Abby Hagen, RV 5:57.00; 3. Caitlin Whitehead, MCE 6:15.00; 4. Anna Volk, HLO-F 6:26.00; 5. Riley Schroeder, MLA-C 6:44.00; 6. Kady Pedroza, FMT 6:52.00; 7. Eleanor Hamlet, FMT 6:57.00; 8. Brenna Abel, FMT 6:58.00.

3200: 1. Morgan Gehl, HLO-F 11:04.70; 2. Grace Busch, SC/IL 12:49.99; 3. Kate Hartke, MCW 13:12.12; 4. Ella Stapek, HLO-F 13:40.33; 5. Ellie Tonn, RV 13:52.23; 6. Riley Schroeder, MLA-C 14:04.50; 7. Logan Kosbab, MCW 14:40.68; 8. Lorna Warrington, NU 14:49.08.

100 Hurdles: 1. Anna Fest, HLO-F 17.88; 2. Samantha Untiedt, HLO-F 17.93; 3. Brooklyn Meyer, FMT 18.07; 4. Sam Hecht, MCW 18.53; 5. Hadley Artz, FMT 18.65; 6. Bethany Linse, FMT 18.85; 7. Sophia Cazier, SC/IL 19.01; 8. Sophie Gustafson, RV 19.02.

300 Hurdles: 1. Sam Hecht, MCW 51.35; 2. Sophie Gustafson, RV 52.10; 3. Samantha Untiedt, HLO-F 53.09; 4. Hadley Artz, FMT 53.91; 5. Claire Nemmers, FMT 54.45; 6. Olivia Guerdet, NU 57.18; 7. Hailey Green, MLA-C 58.41.

4×100: 1. HLO-F 55.84; 2. SC/IL 56.45; 3. NU 56.63; 4. RV 56.84; 5. MCW 56.93; 6. FMT 56.94; 7. MLA-C 58.18; 8. FMT B 1:02.30.

4×200: 1. SC/IL 1:57.88; 2. MCW 1:57.95; 3. FMT 1:59.46; 4. HLO-F 2:01.39; 5. MLA-C 2:04.05; 6. FMT Relay 2:05.28; 7. NU 2:14.41.

4×400: 1. MCW 4:26.99; 2. NU 4:32.29; 3. RV 4:33.10; 4. FMT 4:33.25; SC/IL 4:43.98; 6. HLO-F 4:49.05; 7. FMT Relay 5:05.55; 8. MLA-C 5:14.76.

4×800: 1. RV 10:42.90; 2. HLO-F 11:24.12; 3. MCW 11:28.34; 4. FMT 11:43.60; 5. FMT Relay 11:57.27.

Medley Relay 1600: 1. RV 4:45.57; 2. MCW 4:57.20; 3. NU 4:59.15; 4. SC/IL 4:59.20; 5. FMT 5:03.46; 6. HLO-F 5:11.20; 7. MLA-C 5:15.44; 8. FMT Relay 5:20.27.

Shot Put: 1. Makena Larson, MCW 35-09.25; 2. MacKenzie Householder, FMT 29-05.50; 3. Saige Wall, MLA-C 29-05-25; 4. Alexi Schafer, MCW 28-00.00; 5. Courtney Wendt, RV 27-01.75; 6. Amber O’Donnell, SC/IL 26-09.50; 7. Addison Fisher, HLO-F 26-09.25; 8. Breanna Golda, HLO-F 25-05.00.

Discus: 1. Makena Larson, MCW 106-03; 2. Liza Felber, SC/IL 87-07; 3. Liz Fisher, MCW 80-10; 4. Claire Reith, HLO-F 74-01; 5. Makayla Burt, NU 73-11; 6. Addison Fisher, HLO-F 71-02; 7. Aerin Schwandt, SC/IL 67-00; 8. Sophie Johnson, FMT 66-04.

High Jump: 1. Sam Nielsen, NU 5-00.00; 2. Hope Steinberger, NU 5-00.00; 3. Sophia Cazier, SC/IL 4-10.00; 4. Hannah Linse, FMT 4-06.00; 5. Cadee Becker, FMT 4-06.00; 6. Tiegan Meyer, MLA-C 4-04.00; 7. Kobi Malo, FMT 4-04.00; 7. Isabella Lange, MCW 4-04.00.

Pole Vault: 1. Hannah Schommer, SC/IL 7-09.00; 2. Faith White, HLO-F 7-03.00; 2. Madison Daly, SC/IL 7-03.00; 4. Katie Lange, MCW 7-03.00; 5. Skylar Fisher, HLO-F 6-06.00; 5. Rachel O’Connor, FMT 6-06.00; 7. McKayla Chambers, FMT 6-06.00.

Long Jump: 1. Cassidy Schultz, FMT 15-01.00; 2. Rayah Quiring, FMT 14-09.00; 3. Sam Hecht, MCW 14-05.00; 4. Courtney Wendt, RV 14-00.75; 5. Madison Lynch, SC/IL 13-11.00; 6. Lynae Castro, SC/IL 13-10.50; 7. Samantha Untiedt, HLO-F 13-09.50; 8. Hadley Artz, FMT 13-05.00.

Triple Jump: 1. Sophia Cazier, SC/IL 33-02.00; 2. Jayda Rowen, MCW 32-10.25; 3. Emily Frank, FMT 32-06.25; 4. Savanah Baker, FMT 32-01.75; 5. Cassidy Schultz, FMT 31-11.00; 6. Claire Nemmers, FMT 30-08.50; 7. Hali Soukup, RV 30-08.25; 8. Lucy Larson, MCW 28-09.75.

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