SPORTS SHORTS: BCLUW girls net 4th at Mustang Relays
LE GRAND — The BCLUW girls track and field team had the best showing of the area teams at the East Marshall Mustang Relays on Thursday, placing fifth with a team score of 62.
The Comets won three events on the day, with Cheyenne Cushinberry winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.5 seconds, Kerrigan Hatch taking gold in the discus with a distance of 112 feet and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Kiersten Kruse, Payton Pekarek, Lizzie Garber and Olivia Hughes winning with a time of 1:13.64.
Hughes also did well individually in the hurdles, taking second in the 100 hurdles, while Garber finished fifth in the same race. Cushinberry added a third-place finish in the 200 and fifth-place finish in the 400 to her win in the 100 as well.
South Tama County took 10th at the meet with a team score of 33.5. Callie Frakes and Stacey Slaven made up 27.5 of those points, with Slaven winning the high jump with a vault of 5 feet and Frakes taking second in the 3,000, third in the 800 and sixth in the 1,500. The shuttle hurdle team of Slaven, Morgan Haughey, Kelsie York-Morris and Caitlyn Stochl also placed third.
Tournament host East Marshall finished in 11th with a team score of 27 points. Melinda Puumala accounted for 21.5 of those points, as she won the long jump with a distance of 16-1/2, and she took third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 400 hurdles. The 4×800 relay team of Wendy Liera, Morgan Kremer-Awes, Cindy Liera and Puumala also placed third.
Meskwaki was in attendance but couldn’t come up with any team scoring. Danielle Seymour was the closest to scoring, finishing eighth in the shot put, while Payton Tahahwah took ninth in the 400 hurdles.
Comet boys take 4th at Pirate Relays
HUDSON — The BCLUW boys track and field team faced a large group of competitors at the Pirate Relays on Thursday but managed to finish fourth out of 20 teams with a score of 56.5.
Jack Garber had yet another great day in the hurdles for the Comets, taking first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.22 seconds, as well as second in the 400 hurdles.
Logan Mann took fourth in the 200, as did Caleb Silver in the 1,600 and 3,200. The sprint medley relay team also finished second for BCLUW, while shuttle hurdle team took third.
Grundy Center finished seventh at Hudson with a team score of 47. Drew Rathe and Sawyer Bowen both had the best individual placings, with Rathe taking fourth in the 400 hurdles and Bowen placing fourth in the high jump.
A slew of Spartans also placed fifth in various events, with Matt Jansen doing so in the 100, Caleb Kuiper in the 400, Rathe in the high jump, Cade Rohler in the discus, and the 4×200, 4×400 and sprint medley relays.
East Marshall came in just behind Grundy Center, taking eighth with a score of 43.5. Justin Ridout was a force in the field events, taking third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
Zane Johnson finished fourth in the 110 hurdles for the Mustangs, while Korbin Seth took fifth in the 200 and Cade Curphy finished fifth in the 1,600. The 4×800 team had the best relay finish for East Marshall, taking third.
West Marshall placed 11th in the meet with a team score of 34. Beau Coberley bouyed the Trojan score with his first-place finish in the 200 with a time of 23.33. He also finished fifth in the high jump. The 4×400 and sprint medley relays also did well for West Marshall, with both taking third.
AGWSR took 15th with 12.5 team points, 10 of which came from winning the distance medley relay.
South Tama County was just behind in 16th with 12 team points, and Keith Keahna continued his marvelous year in the high jump with a vault of 6 feet, 8 inches. That jump put Keahna in a tie for the highest high jump this season in the state, regardless of class.
South Hardin placed 19th with 11 team points, helped by a fourth-place finish by Justin Meints in the 800.
GMG finished in 20th with four team points, as Jackson Edens was the lone placer by taking fifth in the 3,200.
STC boys fall to Clear Creek-Amana
TAMA — The South Tama County boys soccer team lost a WaMaC Conference West Division match against Clear Creek-Amana on Thursday 1-0 in penalty kicks.
Jake Wilkerson pitched a 100-minute shutout in goal for the Trojans (1-2, 0-1), recording 10 saves through the first 80 minutes and overtime. In the penalty kicks, Tony Nunez and Joel Medina both converted their shots, but the Clippers (1-2, 1-0) managed to convert more shots and take the win.
Jorge Davilla had two shots on goal to lead STC, while Roger Flores and Medina each had one.