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Trio Of Relays, Two individuals Earn Trip To Des Moines

By Staff | May 19, 2009

RACE?TO?THE?FINISH - With the wind and rain blowing the runners down the final straight, Emmetsburg’s Kayla Herbers, third from the right, edgs out in front of runners from Manson Northwest Webster and Osage to take first place honors in the 200 meter dash at the 2A Regional track meet Friday night. Herbers finished with a :26.88 clocking in the win to earn a berth at this weekend’s State Track Championships in Des Moines with the effort. -- Dan Voigt photo

EAGLE?GROVE – The Class 2A Girls Regional Track Meet produced five state qualifications for Coach Dan Dooley’s Lady E’Hawks Friday night. A pair of individual events and three relays will represent the Lady E’Hawks at the State Track Meet, which begins Thursday, May 21, and continues through Saturday, May 23, at Drake University on the famous blue Jim Duncan track.

While the weather was less than ideal for most of the evening, with rain showers and strong winds, the Lady E’Hawks persevered in their efforts.

Earning a qualification for the state meet was senior Kayla Herbers, who won the 200 meter dash, beating a field of seven other runners in her heat and wind-driven rain to finish in :26.88.

Sophomore Nicole Leuer earned a second place finish in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of :16.81, but only after a review of the finish line videotape moved her to second place from third place.

The Lady E’Hawks were watching as their male counterparts appeared to win the boys shuttle hurdle, only to be disqualified. So, when the Lady E’Hawks settled in for their turn at the Shuttle Hurdle, there was some unfinished business to account for. The quartet of Nicole Leuer, Blake Schany, Bailee Moore and Kayla Herbers ripped off a 1:08.52 time to finish second and earn the state qualification.

The 4×200 relay stepped up next, and the foursome of Mollie Smith, Maddison Woodruff, Katie Malm and Kayla Herbers posted a time of 1:48.81 to also earn a second place finish and qualify for the state meet.

The evening capped off with the 4×100 relay taking to the track. The group of Jordan Kerber, Nicole Leuer, Maddison Woodruff and Mollie Smith blazed their way around the windswept track to finish second with a :53.27 clocking which signed their ticket for a trip to the state meet.

Blake Schany would finish the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:12.16, for a third place finish, but missed out on qualifying by one second.

Nicole Leuer would finish third in the long jump, leaping 14’5“, but missed out on qualifying for the state meet by eight inches.

In the 100 meter dash, Jordan Kerber finished fourth with a time of :13.05 and teammate Mollie Smith was fifth in a time of :13.18. Rachael Moore placed fourth in the 800 meter run in 2:34.43 and then placed fourth in the 1500 meter run with a 5:30.06 effort.

The 4×400 relay with Tacee Leebens, Bailee Moore, Kaity Degen and Kayla Herbers earned a fourth place finish in 4:27.48 and the Sprint Medley relay, comprised of Mollie Smith, Jordan Kerber, Katie Malm and Kaity Degen, also earned a fourth place finish in 1:58.62.

Emmetsburg got sixth place finishes from the Distance Medley, comprised of Jaymee Penrod, Bailee Moore, Tacee Leebens and Rachael Moore, with their 4:37.88 clocking, while Morgan Vlasman finished in a six-way tie for sixth in the high jump, clearing 4’6″ and Alex Lock took sixth in the shot put, throwing 32’1“.

In the 400 meter dash, Kaitlin Weisbrod finished seventh overall with a time of 1:07.88. In the 4×800 meter relay, the foursome of Katie Kassel, Barbara Maria Arana, Marlit Schardt and Hannah Reichert, finished in eighth place with their time of 11:53.04.

Katelyn Schany finished ninth in the discus, throwing the platter 90’7′, and in the long jump, Jordan Kerber came away with a jump of 12’5.25″?for a twelfth place finish.

Jordan Morris rounded out the Lady E’Hawk placings with her :17.75 effort in the 100 meter hurdles for a twelfth place finish overall.