HCHS freshman Abby Alberti anchors the distance medley relay to second place. Cyclone junior Molly Gubbels (center) runs the 400-meter leg of the team’s distance medley relay, which placed second. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster competes in the 1,500-meter run during Thursday’s Koos Relays. Kaster placed third in the 1,500 after winning the 3,000 earlier in the meet. Alyssa Sotelo starts the anchor leg of the HCHS 4x400 relay on Thursday night at Merrill Field. The Cyclones placed third behind Bishop Heelan and Denison. HCHS freshman Christabel Deas placed eighth in the long jump on Thursday.

Five golds highlight Cyclones’ Koos Relays showing

Bruck, Streit, Kaster and Hansen among the standouts as HCHS girls place second to Bishop Heelan

 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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