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Lady E’Hawks Qualify Four Events For State

By Staff | May 13, 2008

MAKE THE EXCHANGE - Emmetsburg’s Tacee Leebens begins to accelerate for the baton exchange in the 4x200 relay Saturday as teammate Jaimee Kerber reaches out with the baton. The relay, with Katie Malm, Kerber, Leebens and Kayla Herbers, qualified for the state meet with a third place finish and time of 1:51.60.--Dan Voigt photo

EAGLE GROVE – Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks will send four events to the 2008 Iowa High School Track and Field Championships this week after competition at the 2A Regional Track and Field meet Saturday in Eagle Grove.

“It was an up and down day for us,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Jeff Brennan. “You have to be your very best on one day of the season to qualify for the state meet, and we were in some events and not in some others. But all in all, we qualified 10 girls, four events, to compete at the state meet.”

The Lady E’Hawks will send three relays to state, starting with the Sprint Medley Relay, which won on Saturday with a time of 1:54.38. The quartet of Molli Smith, Jaimee Kerber, Tacee Leebens and Kayla Herbers, will be joined by alternates Jordan Kerber and Katie Malm when they compete at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the state meet, which will be run on the Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium.

Emmetsburg’s 10-Flight shuttle hurdle relay would earn second place on Saturday, but set a new season’s best time in the process with their 1:06.71 clocking. Members of the shuttle hurdle relay are Nicole Leuer, Katie Malm, Bailee Moore and Kayla Herbers, along with alternates Blake Schany and Jordan Morris. They will compete at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15 in Drake Stadium.

Emmetsburg’s 4×200 relay would finish in third at Eagle Grove, but had one of the eight fastest times in the state to earn the trip to the blue track at Drake. The foursome of Katie Malm, Jaimee Kerber, Tacee Leebens and Kayla Herbers finished with a 1:51.60 clocking, the 17th fastest time for the state meet. They will be joined by alternates Mollie Smith and Nicole Leuer when they compete at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, May 16.

Emmetsburg’s lone individual entry at state will be Kayla Herbers, who won the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday with a :15.40 time, which was also a personal record for her. Herbers will compete in the 100 hurdles at 11:40 a.m. on Friday to round out the Lady E’Hawk state qualifiers.

The Lady E’Hawks got a third place finish from Jordan Kerber in the 100 meter dash with a :13.39, but missed qualifying by two-hundredths of a second. Katie Malm finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a :28.52 time and the 4×400 relay, with Tacee Leebens, Molli Schmeling, Bailee Moore and Kaitlin Weisbrod, finished in seventh place with a time of 4:32.03.

Blake Schany earned an eighth place finish in the 400 hurdles with a 1:16.91 clocking, which was her season’s best effort. Molli Schmeling also earned an eighth place finish in the 800 meter run, with her time of 2:43.83.

Kaitlin Weisbrod earned 13th place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:10.86 and Nicole Leuer would end up in 23rd place overall in the 100 meter hurdles, after she caught a hurdle and fell just short of the finish line, but got up to complete the run in :19.37. However, the 4×100 relay was disqualified for dropping the baton on a handoff.

“We were extremely disappointed with our 4×100 relay,” Coach Brennan said. “We really thought they had as good a chance as the 4×200, but things didn’t work out as planned. Jordan Kerber ran extremely well in the slow heat of the 100 meter dash to finish third in our district and only two-hundredths of a second from qualifying for the state meet.”

Brennan continued, “Kayla has the eighth fastest time in the 100 hurdles going into state, the shuttle hurdle has the sixth fastest and the Sprint Medley has the fifth fastest time, and our 4×200 relay has the 17th fastest time overall in the state. The girls really ran very, very well given the rain and conditions and I’m very proud of all their efforts.”