SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall girls win PCM meet

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LE GRAND — The West Marshall girls track and field team took the top spot in the team standings in the PCM Invite held at East Marshall on Monday with 139.5 team points.

The distance races yielded quite a few points for the Trojans, with Avril Sinning winning the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 47.16 seconds, and Grace Girard taking first in the 3,000 after crossing the line in 12:04.38. Lilly Buck was also third in the 800 for an extra point boost, and Girard also got second in the 1,500 with a 5:42.16.

The field events were the other point-getter for West Marshall, considering it won three of the four events in the field. Renae Schaper took care of business in the throws, winning the shot put with a heave of 37 feet, 4 inches, and the discus with a toss of 106-11. Schaper is a Drake Relays qualifier in the shot put and will compete at the Blue Oval on Friday.

Kayla Cripps was the third field event winner by placing first in the high jump with a height of 5-1.

The distance medley relay of Adisyn Young, Sinning, Cripps and Buck also took first with a 4:49.62. The 4×400, 4×800 and sprint medley relays all took second for West Marshall, as did Avery Randall in the 400 and Teresa Disney in the discus.

East Marshall finished in third with 92 points. Melinda Puumala showed out once again for the Mustangs by winning three events.

Puumala won the 100 hurdles in 16.1 seconds, more than a second faster than second place, and she took first in the 400 hurdles in 1:08. Her third win came in the long jump with a distance of 16-5 3/4. Puumala is the only athlete in the area who is a Drake Relays qualifier in two individual events, the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles.

Puumala picked up a fourth win on the evening as well by leading off the sprint medley relay team to a win along with Emma Pfantz, Genesis Wanatee and Ellie Hull in a time of 1:58.61.

Wanatee also picked up third place in the 100 and 200, Raeann Meling was third in the high jump and Wendy Liera was third in the 3,000

Tollefson leads Trojans at Gilbert meet

GILBERT — West Marshall senior Jake Tollefson took an individual title to help the West Marshall boys track and field team finish fifth out of seven teams in the ‘Division A’ standings at Gilbert’s Bengal Relays on Monday night.

Tollefson was first to the finish line in the 100-meter dash, winning in a time of 11.68 seconds to hold off Roland-Story’s Eli Thorson (11.79) and West Marshall sophomore Jarrin Goecke (11.87).

The same Trojan duo combined to make up half of West Marshall’s three runner-up relays, teaming with Colby McMorran and Brian Morrison for second place behind Roland-Story in the sprint medley (1:44.62), the 4×200 (1:36.41) and the 4×100 (46.75).

Tollefson also had his team’s only individual silver, scoring second-place points for his long jump leap of 17 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

Trojan sophomore Blake Pinegar picked up fourth in the 400 (56.81), and classmate Luke Pinnick finished fourth in the shot put (40-2).

Roland-Story was the division champion with 180 points, ahead of Gilbert (151) and Iowa Falls-Alden (124). Hampton-Dumont-CAL (95.5) held off West Marshall (80) for fourth, while South Hardin (54) and Interstate 35 (46.5) rounded out the standings.