• Keith Hjelle

Track Season Underway; Girls Compete at Ames Indoor; McDermott 8th in Shot Put

It doesn't seem possible, since winter seemed to end about ten minutes ago, but the track season is actually upon us. A long and snowy winter has made for difficult conditions in training for the Charger track teams. The Charger girls' team made the trip to Ames yesterday for the Ames Indoor Meet at the Lied Recreation and Athletic Center. Other than the state meet at Drake University in late May, this is the largest meet of the season in the state of Iowa. Schools from all classes participate in the event, making it a very competitive experience.

Twelve Chargers participated in the twelve event meet, with Madison McDermott making the best showing as she finished eighth in the shot put with a distance of 35 feet even. Ninety seven shot putters entered the event, giving an indication of how well McDermott performed.

Savana Fuller turned in a respectable performance in the 60 meter dash, as she ran it in a time of 8.56, good for twenty first place out of one hundred and thirty five sprinters.

Kate Crawford's time of 11:20.25 in the 3000 meter run placed her fifteenth out of the fifty eight girls participating. Crawford's time clearly indicates what a difficult spring it has been for training. The veteran Charger ran the event about a minute faster last May at the state meet when she placed second in the event. The junior stalwart will no doubt improve her time as the weather improves.

Charger coach Colin Shawgo seemed glad to get the season underway. "My biggest takeaway is that it was great to see where we are and what we need to work on. It is a very long season, and I am excited to see how we progress throughout the season."

The Charger boys will be in Ames for the male version of the Ames Indoor this afternoon. The girls' next meet will be at Jefferson next Monday, March 24th.

Complete girls' results:

Event: Winning time/distance

Shot put: Madison Mc Dermott, 35'0", 8th place 40'10.5"

Madalyn Kelsey, 31'0"

Long jump: Reagan Rumelhart, 11'4.25" 18'2.75"

High Jump: No entry 5'6.25"

60 meter dash: Savana Fuller, 8.56 7.85

Reagan Rumelhart, 9.16

60 meter hurdles: No entry 8.83

800 meter run: Kendra Campbell, 2:58.13 2:17.09

Chelsea Larsen, 3:08.87

1500 meter run: Rylee Sloss, 5:48.78 . 4:58..24

800 meter sprint medley relay: Savana Fuller, Reagan 1:53.07

Rumelhart, Jorja Hoover, Audrey Stowe, 2:11.17

3000 meter run: Kate Crawford, 11:20.25 10:19.93

Lauren Embleton, 12:12.33

4x400 relay: Savana Fuller, Reagan Rumelhart, 4:02.48

Rylee Sloss, Sophie Danker, 4:55.74

4x800 relay: Jorja Hoover, Kendra Campbell, 9:37.21

Sophie Danker, Audrey Stowe, 11:58.26

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