Back-To-Back: Lynx, Hawks duel at Bengal Relays on tired legs

GILBERT – Webster City girls’ track co-head coach Kristy Manson and Dan Brodie, her counterpart at South Hamilton, have both thrown their hands up in frustration numerous times this spring because of weather-related cancellations.

So anytime their teams can find competition they’re going to jump at the chance, whether their athletes are rested or not.

Case in point: Last night’s rescheduled Bengal Relays.

Even though they both competed on Monday, the Lynx and Hawks both made the trek south on weary legs and finished third and fifth, respectively, in the field of seven.

Webster City piled up 110 points, while South Hamilton finished with 46. The Waukee JV squad snared the top spot with 160, three points ahead of Gilbert (157).

“I think things went pretty well, some better than others, for having a second meet (in two days),” Manson said. “We weren’t able to stack the events we wanted to because we did that (on Monday), but it was still good to compete.”

WCHS brought home 10 medals, including gold in five individual events.

Freshman Allie Flaws remained unbeaten in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with winning times of 12.91 and 26.65 seconds. The stoic rookie bolted out of the blocks in the 100 and was well ahead just 10 meters into the race. In the 200 she allowed the rest of the field to maintain contact until the curve and then she surged ahead down the straightaway.

“Allie was finally happy with herself after the 200,” Manson said. “She’s pretty quiet, but she works so hard.”

The Lynx received an influx of points in the field events, as Carrie Gerdes and Hannah Myers won the jumping events and Kaylee Schnathorst placed second in the shot put.

Gerdes – the 2012 Class 3A state runner-up in the long jump – stuck a jump of 15 feet, 7 inches on her final attempt to move from second to the top of the heap. Myers navigated her way over the high jump bar at 4-10 to win. South Hamilton’s Eliana Lowry also cleared 4-10, but had two misses at 5-8.

Schnathorst tossed the shot 33 feet.

Schnathorst later claimed victory in the 100 hurdles (16.51), as she leaned at the tape to maintain a slight lead.

Morgan Shannon and Morgan Moline added bronze medals to the Lynx haul. Shannon held on down the stretch for third in the open 800 (2:38.48), while Moline glided across in the same spot in the 1,500 (5:31.62).

Flaws and fellow freshman Kisston Thomas rallied the Lynx 4×200 relay (1:56.15) over the final lap for third. Kenzie Garvey joined Gerdes, Flaws and Thomas on the third-place 4×100 (55.54).

Lowry was the lone individual medal winner for South Hamilton. The Hawks collected three top-three finishes in the 4×400 (4:33.09), 4×800 (10:56.62) and distance medley (4:41.99) relays.

“It was nice to see Eliana Lowry clear 4-10 in the high jump,” Brodie said. “But we were a little sluggish from the weekend and the track meet (on Monday). I know some of the girls were pretty disappointed with some of the times they posted.”

Both teams are scheduled to compete again on Thursday, weather permitting. WCHS will travel to Eagle Grove, while South Hamilton will be at Saydel High School in Des Moines.