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Lady E’Hawks Battle Wind At Pocahontas Relays

By Staff | Apr 17, 2008

POCAHONTAS – Its tough when you have to run against top-notch competition, but when Mother Nature throws a 25 to 30 mile an hour wind into the mix, the task gets that much more difficult. Such was the case for the Lady E’Hawks of Emmetsburg as they ran at the Pocahontas Relays on Tuesday.

Emmetsburg would come away with a fourth place finish in the team standings after Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas and Algona. Humboldt and Prairie Valley finished fifth and sixth behind the Lady E’Hawks.

“There was no question that the wind was a factor in the meet,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Jeff Brennan, “but everyone ran under the same conditions.”

The Lady E’Hawks got three first place finishes, starting with a Personal Best jump of 15’6.75” in the long jump from Jaimee Kerber. Nicole Leuer earned a Personal Best time of :16.33 in the 100 meter hurdles to win the event, and in the 400 meter hurdles, Kayla Herbers took first with a 1:13.34 clocking.

The shuttle hurdle relay, with Nicole Leuer, Katie Malm, Bailee Moore and Kayla Herbers, was second with a 1:14.43 time. The 4×100 relay, comprised of Mollie Smith, Nicole Leuer, Maddison Woodruff and Jaimee Kerber, took second place honors with a Season’s Best time of :55.04, while the 4×400 relay, with Tacee Leebens, Bailee Moore, Teanna Leebens and Kayla Herbers, also finished second in a time of 4:34.59.

Nichole Hasbrouck took third in the discus, throwing 94’1″, while Alex Lock threw the shot 32’1” in the shot put for a fourth place finish. Katie Malm earned fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14’2.5″ and in the 100 meter dash, Mollie Smith set a new Personal Best with her fourth place time of :13.34.

Mariah Andreasen tied for fifth place in the high jump, clearing 4’4“, and Jaimee Kerber took fifth in the 200 meter dash with a :30.51 clocking, while Blake Schany took fifth in the 400 hurdles with a 1:20.63 time.

The 4×800 relay, with Mariah Andreasen, Jordan Morris, Blake Schany and Kaitlin Weisbrod, took fifth place with a time of 12:38.45, while the Distance Medley, comprised of Jordan Kerber, Alisha Dunnick, Molli Schmeling and Kaitlin Weisbrod, earned fifth place with a 5:06.85 clocking. The 4×200 relay, with Maddison Woodruff, Morgan Vlasman, Nichole Hasbrouck and Jordan Morris, came up with a fifth place finish in a time of 2:07.10.

Katelyn Schany earned sixth place in the discus with her throw of 90’5″ and Mollie Smith was sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of :31.09. Jaimee Kerber rounded out the efforts with a time of :13.66 in the 100 meter dash.

“We have to do a much better job of competing,” Coach Brennan noted. “We lost a number of races at the end and that is disappointing. We will fix this problem in practice.”

With the season now rolling along, the Lady E’Hawks have a full slate ahead of them. The squad will run on Friday at the ELC Invitational, and on Monday, April 21, are slated to run at the Okoboji Relays in Milford before the Drake Relays break.

“We need a more consistent effort throughout the meet as an entire team,” Brennan explained. “But on a positive note, we had a few personal bests, a relay best and scored over 100 points.”