Five golds highlight Cyclones’ Koos Relays showing
HARLAN -- When Harlan Community girls track coach Doug Renkly used words like “mean” and “frosty” to describe his team’s performance here Thursday night, he wasn’t referring to the weather or anyone’s personality.
Renkly was talking about his team’s “lazer-like focus,” determination and competitive spirit that was on display for nearly three hours as the Cyclones placed second to Sioux City Bishop Heelan in the annual Koos Invitational girls track meet at Merrill Field.
Highlighted by five gold-medal events - all featuring personal or season-best performances - HCHS placed 23 times and scored 123 points in the first of two home meets this season.
Heelan’s depth produced seven golds and 148 points as the Crusaders defended their Koos Relays title and had five different girls win the open 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500. Boone placed third with 102 points, followed by Treynor (88) and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (80.5).
“Great competition brings out great athletes,” Renkly said. “There was quality in every single event. It’s good to run away with things once in a while too, but... you’ve got to have people coming to town that are really going to challenge you in every event, and that’s what we had here today.”
HCHS managed to score twice in six out of 12 individual events and was only shut out in the high jump and the 100-meter dash. In addition to an impressive win by the 4x200 relay team of Sidney Craig, Chloe Hansen, Alyssa Sotelo and Lexi Larsen, Cyclone gold medalists included Gillian Streit in the shot put, Greichaly Kaster (3,000), Allison Bruck (100 hurdles) and Hansen (400 hurdles).
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