A-D-M, DC-G girls go head-to-head for conference crown

Staff Report
A-D-M, DC-G girls go head-to-head for conference crown

The A-D-M girls’ track team went head to head with Dallas Center-Grimes and emerged victorious at the Raccoon River Conference track meet on Monday in Carlisle.

The Tigers won the team title with 138 points, outpacing the runner-up Fillies, who had 124 points. Boone was third with 83.

“We had great battles with DC-G earlier in the season and they have a talented group,” said A-D-M coach Bart Mueller. “I felt like if we maximized our open events we would have a shot.”

A-D-M prevailed with five event victories and five runner-up placings. Regan Engleman, Bri Mueller, Emily Hofmann and Torrie Hook won the 4x400-meter relay in 4 minutes, 16.48 seconds, and the sprint medley team of Madi Bertman, Maggie Bjustrum, Haley Schepers and Hook edged DC-G by .02 seconds to win in 1:55.91.

It was one of several close finishes for A-D-M. In the 400, Hook and Kari Dufoe finished first and third, separated by just .02 seconds. Hook’s winning time was 1:00.44. Dufoe (26.91) and Hook (27.21) also finished first and second in the 200. The Tigers’ 4x100 (Bertman, Schepers, Bjustrum, Dufoe) and distance medley (Piper Freestone, Engleman, Hofmann, Mueller) were second, and the 4x800 team of Engleman, Natalie Harada, Jenny Wicks and Kinzie Sutton was third.

Mueller was also second in the 800 (2:23.14) and 3,000 (11:35.17). Brennan Hook (11:48.69) was third.

“We are blessed to have a talented group of runners who are competitive and work hard,” Mueller said. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of how hard our girls competed and how positive they were as a team all night long.”

The Fillies kept pace with three relay victories in the 4x800, distance medley, 4x200 and second-place finishes in the shuttle hurdle and sprint medley. The 4x400 team was third.

Madison Waymire won the 3,000 in 11:34.93, and she was thirdi n the 800 in 2:26.01. Olivia Weaver was second in the high jump (4-10) and third in the 400 hurdles (1:11.27), and Maci Masching claimed second in the 100 hurdles in 16.86.

Boys

The Tiger boys crowned fourconference champions en route to a third-place finish.

Jesse Bennett threw 49-3 3/4 to win the shot put, while Tate Jensen crossed the finish line of the 110 hurdles in 15.27 seconds and won the 400 hurdles in 55.53. The team’s fourth title came in the 4x100, as Grant Goeden, Beck Goplerud, Jensen and Jordan Grove won in 44.21.

Grove and Goeden were second and third in the 100, while the 4x200 (Goden, Goplerud, Kolby Whisner, Grove), shuttle hurdle (Whisner, Ricky Chestnutwood, Steh Crowe, Jensen) and distance medley (Goplerud, Whisner, Cooper Richardson, Kyle Hovey) teams all placed third.

DC-G finished fifth in the team standings, helped out by Reese Iversen. He won the high jump (6-6) and placed second in the 200 (23.52).

The 4x400 team of Jake Lewis, Austin Goode, Austin Grosklags and Josh Prohaska won the 4x400 in 3:31.80. Prohaska was also second in the 800 (2:00.49) and third in both the 400 (51.71) and 1,600 (4:30.32).

Josh Kidman, Tyler Johnasen, Goode and Grosklags finished second in the 4x800 in 8:23.88, and Lewis was third in the high hurdles in 16.06.

The four schools will venture south to Winterset on Thursday for the state-qualifying meet. The field there also includes Carlisle, Chariton, Knoxville, Norwalk and Perry.

“We do have some momentum riding into regionals, where our focus will shift more on setting up events to place at state rather than loading up all the open events,” Bart Mueller said.