Seven golds lead Cyclones to Lady Red Relays title
MISSOURI VALLEY (April 23) -- Harlan Community earned seven gold medals, improved three relay times and scored 164 points to win the team title at Tuesday’s Missouri Valley Lady Red Relays.
The AHSTW girls also made a strong showing with three gold-medal performances and 79 points, placing fourth behind HCHS, Logan-Magnolia (105) and Denison-Schleswig (97). Lo-Ma finished with five gold medals, led by Taylor Sporrer’s sweep of the 3,000 and 1,500-meter runs.
Overall, the Cyclones placed at least once in all 19 events, scoring 26 times to claim their fifth meet title in eight tries this season.
“We had a good opportunity to try and run some season bests,” noted HCHS head coach Doug Renkly. “Missouri Valley has a new track and the weather forecast was nice so we decided to try and load a few things to see where we were. Overall, the team is very happy with their performance."
The Lady Vikes placed 16 times in 12 events, starting the meet with a victory in the sprint medley relay and later adding wins by Ryann Portch in the 800 and Holly Hoepner in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Cyclones’ seven wins included four relays and three individual events. Freshman Savanna Musich won the 200-meter dash with a new ‘PR’ time of 27.13 (hand held), junior Abby Alberti won the 400 dash with a ‘PR’ of 1:05.08 and Madison Schumacher won the shot put with a throw of 35 feet.
Two Cyclone relays placed first with season-best times: the 4x800 quartet of Kaia Bieker, Liv Freund, Alberti and Greichaly Kaster (10:12.6) and the shuttle hurdle relay squad of Justine Buman, Maci Schmitz, Zophi Hendricks and Ally Curren (1:11.08). Also placing first were the 4x200 and 4x100 relays, with Musich and Delaney Wegner running the first two legs of both races.
Members of the Lady Vike sprint medley relay winner were Hoepner, Kelsi Cornejo, Talia Welsh and Portch. They clocked a season-best time of 1:56.26. In addition to their individual golds, Portch placed second in her 100-meter dash debut and Hoepner had a ‘PR’ of 16.18 for second place in the 100 hurdles. Kinsey Scheffler placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
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