CONRAD - With regionals fast approaching, BCLUW did what it has grown accustomed to this season - winning track meets.
The Comets outran Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 149-127.5, at the Girls Comet Relays on a picture-perfect Thursday evening. BCLUW won just five gold medals to the Rebels' seven, but chalked up four second-place finishes and eight thirds.
"The level of competition here tonight was pretty intense with Sara Stoakes and North Tama here and of course Gladbrook-Reinbeck's very solid," said Comets head coach Dave Welden, whose team runs at a loaded regional in Denver next Friday that features area teams G-R, East Marshall and South Hardin. "I thought we performed well against some pretty good teams."
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Alli Sharp leads off the winning shuttle hurdle relay for BCLUW at the Comet Girls Relays track and field meet Thursday night in Conrad. BCLUW edged Gladbrook-Reinbeck to win the six-team meet. Sharp also won the 100-meter hurdles event for the Comets, who on Monday won the NICL West Division team title.
"We're ranked top 10 in the state in a couple different events and we're third or fourth in our own district," Welden said of next week's scenario. "That's a tough district to be in."
West Marshall finished third with 90 points. GMG was fourth, North Tama fifth and Grundy Center sixth.
The Comets got individual titles from Haddie Vawter in the long jump (a personal best 16 feet, 6 1/2 inches), Nicole Fisher in the 100-meter dash and Alli Sharp in the 100 hurdles. They added gold medals in the 4x800 and shuttle hurdle relays.
"As far as the talent we have it's certainly one of the top teams I've ever coached," said Welden, in his 10th year. "I think it's a lot of balance and it's a lot of versatility. We've got several juniors that are comfortable running any event from the 100 to the (1,500) and they're excelling at anything you ask them to do.
"Then you get a girl like Kate Sams as a freshman coming in and just doing extremely well in the 1,500 and the 3,000; that takes a lot of pressure off the team."
The Rebels won four relays (distance medley, 4x200, sprint medley, 4x100), Breanna Vint gave them two titles in the shot put and discus, and Taylor Petersen won the 3,000.
The 4x200, comprised of Rose Koester, Steph Dilly, Rachael Cheeseman and Shannon Boyle, powered to first place in 1 minute, 49.39 seconds and surprised Rebels head coach Shelli Smoldt.
"I was excited because I was not even thinking we had a chance," Smoldt said. "I had some good performances out of my 4x4 - Jenna (Roeding) actually, who came in and ran great."
West Marshall's Darrah Schlichte won the high jump, clearing 5 feet. McKenzie Shipley was second in the long jump with a personal best 16-3 1/2. And Jamie Harrings, a freshman, nearly won the 400 hurdles, finishing second.
"She knocked 3 seconds off. She stumbled at the last hurdle and she would have won it," said Trojans head coach Brian Weig, who ran most of his varsity girls in only two events to give his JV more experience. "Someone that's never even jumped a hurdle in her life, and she just came out and did it."
The Trojans - who are running in their fourth meet this week tonight at Grundy Center - improved their times in the 4x200, sprint medley and 4x800 as well. "We had great events tonight all across the board," Weig said.
The best runner on the track was from Traer. North Tama's Stoakes ran a blazing 57.92, a season-best, in the 400. She also won the 200, 800 and 1,500.
GMG's Emily Havelka took the 400 hurdles in 1:11.49. Grundy Center's 4x400 quartet of Abby Graves, Sarah Frisch, Meghan Krausman and Adrianne Alexia clocked 4:10.02 to give the Spartans a first place.