40 Days, 40 Nights: Lynx girls finally get chance to compete, shine at Boone

BOONE – Physically, Carrie Gerdes was ready to compete. But mentally, well, the Webster City sophomore admitted she had doubts as she stepped onto the long jump runway at yesterday’s Boone Classic.

Would there be pain? Would she still have the speed, power and hops that produced a Class 3A state runner-up result during her rookie season last spring?

It took only two jumps for Gerdes’ fears to subside.

Yes, she’s back.

Competing for the first time since undergoing hip surgery last December, Gerdes soared through the air and made the sand fly as she splashed down with a leap of 16 feet, 4.25 inches to win the gold by 4 inches on a sun-drenched afternoon. Her smile as she exited the sand was one of joy and relief.

“I was really nervous because it’s scary coming back after hip surgery,” Gerdes said. “I was thinking what if the pain does come back and then I have to take more time off? But there was no pain it was awesome. Now I’m just getting started.”

Gerdes’ leap put her 10th in 3A, according to quikstatsiowa.com.

She wasn’t the only Lynx athlete with questions. After six cancellations this month, WCHS was competing outdoors for the first time this season. It had been 40 days since its only meet of the season at the BVU Indoor in Storm Lake on March 16.

But co-head coaches Theo Clark and Kristy Manson were impressed with what they saw, as the Lynx claimed four gold medals and 11 top-three results to tally 67 points and place second behind North Central Conference rival Algona (72). Boone (62) was third, followed by Greene County (42) and Denison-Schleswig (39).

“We were just excited to go out and compete and we were thrilled with what we saw,” Clark said. “The girls just brought it. They had so much mental focus and they did everything they could to support each other.”

Freshman speedster Allie Flaws decimated the 100-meter field with a winning time of 12.93 seconds. She was the only sprinter to break 13 seconds, and her time – the first of her expected stellar career – put her tied for seventh on the 3A hierarchy.

Flaws also blazed to the 200 title in 26.98 – 11th-best in 3A this year -ahead of teammate, classmate and silver medalist Kisston Thomas (27.66). Flaws added a runner-up result in the 400 (1:06.15), and she anchored the 4×400 relay (4:28.93) to second. Courtney Biere, Morgan Shannon and Faith McClain were also on the relay.

“We know what we’ve got in (Flaws) and it was fun to actually see it on the track,” Clark said. “Kisston Thomas, we knew she was fast too and she showed it.

“This freshman class, their dedication to this program is unmatched. It’s amazing.”

Sophomore Hannah Myers rallied the Lynx shuttle hurdle relay from behind on the anchor to the top spot in 1:10.87. Junior Kaylee Schnathorst led off the relay, and later she placed second in the 100 hurdles (17.40). Kenzie Garvey and Chelsey Wagoner, two more freshmen, ran the second and third legs on the relay.

Myers added a second-place finish in the high jump (4-10), and Garvey grabbed bronze in the 400 hurdles (1:16.35).