The Waukee Warriors girls’ track team held their invitational on Thursday, April 13. The Warriors also recognized theirs seniors during the meet as it was their last home meet of the season.
The Warriors placed first out of eight teams with a team total of 223 points and broke several records.
The Warriors’ distance medley team ran a 4:13.50 for first place. The team of Emily McKibben, Sydney Winger, Logan Akason and Lily Campbell’s time allowed them to currently become number one in the state.
The Warriors’ shuttle hurdle relay team also broke a couple records on Thursday. Sydney Winger, Lauren Nelson, Mary Gray and Hannah Schau made up the relay team that not only broke the school record, but tied the Iowa All-Time Best that was set last year by Pleasant Valley. The four Warriors ran a time of 1:01.26.
Two Warriors broke school records and state records in the shot put. Kat Moody threw a 45’10.5” for first place and Moe Nealey had a 44’6.5” throw that put her in second.
“It was nice to see many of our seniors have a excellent performance at their final home meet,” said Coach Jesse Hunt. “One particular performance was Moe Nealey, who reached 44’6.5” in the shot put which ranks second in the entire state.”
“As coaches, we love to see progress and consistent improvement,” Hunt said. “A number of girls achieved season or personal best performances and we believe our team is developing more confidence in competition.”
The Warriors also did well in many other individual and team events throughout the meet.
Schau and Gray both ran the 100 meter hurdles. Schau finished in first place with a time of 14.73 seconds, which just broke the previous meet record of 14.77 seconds. Gray placed third with her time of 15.63 seconds.
In the 1500 meter run, Karson Foley ran a 5:03.81 for first place. For third place, Miranda Boyle finished the race with a time of 5:11.12.
Sydney Schaffer placed first in the 3000 meter run with a time of 10:50.78.
Gray and Kate Bannister finished first and second in the 400 meter hurdles. Gray ran the race in 1:06.12 and Bannister finished in 1:07.19. Gray’s time barely broke the meet record which was previously 1:06.53.
With a jump of 5’1.5”, Warrrior Chloe Havermann tied for first place in the high jump event. Lauren Nelson also competed in the high jump. Nelson placed third with her jump of 4’9.5”.
Three more of the Warrior’s relay teams placed first at the meet. The 4x100 team had a time of 49.44 seconds, the 4x400 team finished in 4:06.40 and the 4x800 team placed first when they ran a 9:59.50.
Only a few Warriors finished in seconds at the invitational.
Elma Vojic placed second in the 100 meter dash with her time of 12.65 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash was Amy Wieland and Molly Konopik. Wieland ran a 1:02.97 and placed second and Konopik finished in 1:04.64 for third place.
In the discus event, Moody threw a 117’9” for second place. Moody was followed by teammate Kaitlyn Galetich with a throw of 110’2”.
The Warriors’ sprint medley team ran the race in 1:51.97 to finish in second place, just behind the Dallas Center-Grimes team.
“Overall, it was an excellent meet,” Hunt said. “Senior night is always special because it gives us a chance to recognize the girls who have shown a great deal of commitment to our team over the years.”
The Warriors went to the Jim Duncan Invite at Drake University on Saturday, April 15. Their next meet is on Tuesday, April 18 in Ames at 4:30 p.m.