The reign of supremacy continues on for the Waukee girls track and field team as they captured yet another CIML-Iowa Conference title.
On Thursday, May 2, the Warriors captured their eighth straight conference title and continued their hold over the conference with a team score of 234 points. In total, Waukee collected 31 top-five finishes complete with eleven first place finishes.
Highlighted the many fantastic individual performances was a triumphant return to the field for future University of Iowa track star Kat Moody. In just her second meet back from a knee injury suffered during basketball season, Moody bested the entire conference in both the shot put and discuss. In the discus event, Moody delivered a toss of 132’-11”. That marked the best toss out of 12 participants and currently ranks 14th best in the entire state. The senior put up a similar performance in the shot put event where she tossed 43’-07”, a full five feet ahead of second place Grace Tobin of Mason City. With that one toss, Moody put herself squarely with the third-best mark in the state. All together, Moody posted 20 team points towards the winning cause.
Ultimately the field events were dominated by Waukee with a Warrior claiming the top spot in every event. Carly Boss, a Drake Relays participant, finished second in the high jump with a mark of five feet even second only to fellow teammate Layanna Green who notched a height of 5’-04” which currently is tied for 12th best in the state of Iowa. Brooklyn Woods continued her strong run following a Drake Relays trip and on Thursday, she bested the entire CIML-Iowa conference long jump field with a mark of 16’-10”.
On an individual running note, Natalie Harris led the way with 22 total points earned across the conference meet. Those came in large part due to a first place finish in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events. Harris put on her best performances of the season in both events with a season-best mark of 12.53 seconds in the 100-meter dash while obtaining a season best in the 200-meter dash thanks to a time of 22.55 seconds. The freshman now ranks within the top 15 across the state in both events.
Even though she didn’t hit her season best, junior Addie Drees still bested the entire 100-meter hurdle field with a time of 15.18 seconds. She was followed closely by Zoey Stark who captured second with a time of 15.35 seconds.
On the relay side of things, the 4x100 meter relay team of Emma Schossow, Delaney Taylor, Kaliyah Perry, and Charlize Tornell crowned themselves conference champs after a time of 49.55 seconds. Schossow, Perry, and Tornell joined up once again in connection with Laina Lewis to capture first in the 4x200 meter relay thanks to a time of 1:46.07 while the foursome of Sydney Schaffer, Molly Bannister, Emma Shepard, and Lindsey Kelderman clocked in a winning 4x800 meter relay time of 9:35.50. The Drake Relays bound shuttle hurdle relay team of Janjay Peters, Zoey Stark, Kynzi Winger, and Addie Drees bested the conference by nearly six full seconds with their time of 1:04.37.
Other big notable finishes for the Warriors included Jessica Caraway clocking in a second place finish in the 400-meter dash thanks to a time of 59.15 seconds. That time gave Caraway her season best mark and also put her in the top 25 across the state. Sydney Schafer and Emma Shepard clocked in solid times in the 800 meter run with Schaffer placing second (2:21.52) and Shepard placing fourth (2:28.88). Sydney teamed up with sister Isabelle Schaffer, both Drake Relays qualifiers, and placed third and fourth respectively in the 1500 meter run with times of 4:59.00 and 5:00.13 respectively. Isabelle Schaffer then went out and placed fourth in the 3000-meter run thanks to a time of 10:48.29. Kate Bannister clocked in a second place time in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:07.91 to round out the running events while Avelyn Burger posted her season-best mark in the discus event with a toss of 120’-02”.
Next up for the Warrior girls will be the state qualifying meet.