Load ’em up: Hawks score in bunches at Bomberette Relays

HUXLEY – Track coaches have long talked about the difficulty of finding someone – anyone – to accept the challenge of running the 400-meter hurdles. So you can imagine Dan Brodie’s surprise this spring when someone actually volunteered for the grueling event.

And so far Allyson Ervin has reaped the rewards of her gumption.

A night after besting the field in the event in Jewell, the lanky South Hamilton junior claimed silver in Class B at Friday’s Bomberette Relays. Her time of 1:08.54 was only four seconds and change slower than her gold-medal time in the open 400 (1:03.85) earlier in the evening.

Brodie admits he can’t take credit for the find in the hurdles. But he’s glad Ervin spoke up.

“She came up to me and said she wanted to try it this year and she likes them,” Brodie said. “It’s rare to find that, but she’s a tough competitor and she knew it was an event she could do well in.”

Ervin dominated the 400 field. Her lead was so big as she hit the straightaway that she could have started to jog if she so desired.

“She’s just running really strong right now,” Brodie said. “The 400 is something she’s been good at in the past, but never this early in the year.”

Competing for the third time in four nights, South Hamilton backed off the gas a little and picked its spots to try to score. Brodie’s moves paid off well and the Hawks tallied 76 points – 68 coming from eight top-three finishes – to place fourth.

“The girls were a little tired, so we tried to limit how much they ran,” Brodie said. “I was pretty pleased with how we did.”

Roland-Story dominated the field with 207 points. Colfax-Mingo (98) and CMB (90) were second and third.

Kali Lucas picked up the Hawks initial gold in the long jump with a best leap of 14 feet, 10 inches. She also ran on the winning distance medley relay (4:43.63) with Alissa Moss, Meghan Fisher and Kayla Monthei.

South Hamilton was in second until the final 200 meters of the distance medley, as Monthei reeled in Roland-Story and then stormed past for a comfortable victory.

The same quartet claimed second in the sprint medley (2:05.30).

Fisher was the runner-up in the 800 (2:40.36), as was Alyssa Hegland in the high jump (4-8).

Annie Johnson, Ronnie Olson, Katie Austin and Hegland put the finishing touches on the long week with a third-place run in the 4×400 (4:52.85).

South Hamilton will have a few days to rest before it gets back on the track Thursday in Manson.