SECOND FIDDLE: Algona runs away with Lynx Invite title, WCHS next

WEBSTER CITY – The “and field” portion of “track and field” was particularly important to Webster City at last night’s Lynx Invitational.

While Algona ran away and hid from the rest of the field with 204 points, WCHS relied on its jumpers and throwers to set the stage for a runner-up finish at its home meet on and around the Bob Buckley Track.

Victories from Hannah Myers in the high jump and Carrie Gerdes in the long jump, coupled with a pair of runner-up finishes from Catie Boyd in the shot put and discus, allowed the Lynx to accumulate 41 of their 133 points before the running events even began. It was an important chunk of points, as WCHS created plenty of space between itself and third-place finisher Iowa Falls-Alden (95).

“It was a really good night for us,” WCHS head coach Kristy Manson said, noting Morgan Gourley picked up third-place points in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches).

Myers cleared 5-0 for the first time this season. She moved the bar up to 5-2 next to take a stab at the meet record; her third attempt was her best, but her back foot just clipped the bar on her way over.

“Hannah’s approach is getting so much better when she keeps her speed because she’s got the height,” Manson said. “We’re hoping we can get her up to 5-2 or 5-3; we really think she can clear that.”

Gerdes followed up her gold medal at Monday’s Bengal Relays in Gilbert with another cruise control win. She turned in four jumps over 15 feet, her best a 15-10 1/2.

“Carrie didn’t jump quite as far (as Monday), but her confidence is definitely there,” Manson said.

Manson gushed about Boyd, who powered out tosses of 31-3 1/2 in the shot and 95-2 in the discus.

“It was a great night for Catie Boyd,” Manson said. “She set a (personal best) in the discus.”

WCHS exited the meet with 13 medals in all. The Lynx placed in all 18 events and doubled up in five of the 11 events.

The surprise of the meet was the Lynx 4×200 relay of Emily Dearden, Hannah Harfst, Olivia Myers and Taylor Schnathorst, which led wire-to-wire for gold in 1:58.93.

“That was the surprising relay of the night for sure,” Manson said. “Who would have ever thought that was going to happen? But they all ran great.”

Allie Flaws added a gold medal in the 100-meter dash (12.83 seconds), as well as a silver in the 200 (26.81). The sophomore will be in Des Moines this morning for the Drake Relays 100 at 8:31 a.m.

Hannah Myers also had a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles (16.81), as did the 4×100 (53.60) of Gerdes, Harfst, Gourley and Abbey Ferrari.

Ashley Flaws lowered her PR in the 400 to 1:03.98 en route to the bronze. The 4×400 (4:33.17) and distance medley (4:55.16) relays were also third.

Northeast Hamilton was also in the field and tallied one point, courtesy of a sixth-place finish in the sprint medley.

Algona put on a clinic throughout the meet. The Bulldogs double-medaled in five individual events and won nine gold medals.

WCHS will take a break from competition for a few days before heading south for the Boone Classic next Thursday at 4:30 p.m.