The Albia girls track team placed fifth in the South Central Conference track meet on Thursday in Chariton.
Davis County won the event with 134 points followed by Centerville (113), Knoxville (103), Chariton (96), Albia (66), Clarke (46), and EBF (29).
“I could not have asked for anything more from the team,” said Coach Justin Long. “We met expectations in nearly every event, and exceeded them in many. Some of the girls like Taylee Wolfer, Allison Major, and Becca Pistek participated in events that were more about the team than themselves. I really appreciate those efforts.”
Haleigh McDonald got the Lady Dees off to a great start winning the shot put (34’10.5”) and placing third in the discus (88’1.5”). “Haleigh had a tremendous night with both throws being personal bests in each event,” said Coach Long. “I was really happy for her because she lost conference last year on the last throw of the event, so it was good to see her get the win this time.”
Marrisa Terrell finished third in the long jump (14’05”)and Ayana Thomas placed fifth in the high jump (4’06”).
In the open races Sherryl Mae Rowe placed second in the 1500m run (5:31.82) and in the 3000m run (11:59.64).
“Sherryl Mae tied her all-time best in the 3000 and came back in the 1500 to run a lifetime best by a good margin. Only one of the state’s best runners could keep her from winning two titles. Brooke Smith had a personal best by nearly 20 seconds in the 3000 meter run as well.”
“Marrisa Terrell had a personal best in the 100 meter dash, as did Sara Pistek,” added Coach Long. Terrel placed sixth in the 100m dash (13.94). Josie Moode finished eighth in the 400m dash; Emma Martin finished eighth in the 800m run; Brooke Smith placed fifth in the 3000m run (13:01.15); Brooklyn Powless finished seventh in the 100m hurdles.
The 4x100 team (Sara Pistek, Marrisa Terrell, Ayana Thomas, Ellie Spurgin) placed fourth (56.11). “These girls were just off our season best, which was impressive considering we made a couple of errors in this race,” said the coach. The 4x200 team (Sara Pistek, Marrisa Terrell, Ayana Thomas, Ellie Spurgin) took third beating their previous best by nearly four seconds. The 4x400 team (Sara Pistek, Allison Major, Emma Martin, Tahylor Terrell) finished sixth (4:53.16).
The 4x800 team (Becca Pistek, Emma Martin, Ellie Martin, Tahylor Terrell) posted the seventh fastest time in school history for second (10:53.442. The shuttle hurdle relay team (Brooklyn Powless, Allie Major, Taylee Wolfer, Becca Pistek) placed fourth (1:21.35) and the sprint medley team ( Ella Teno, Lauren Bayer, Brooklyn Leshen, Taylee Wolfer) finished seventh. The distance relay team (Ayana Thomas, Ellie Spurgin, Brooklyn Leshen, Sherryl Mae Rowe) met a DQ.
“The team ran really well even though it didn’t count, shaving eight seconds off of the season best time.”
“Finally I would also like to thank Chariton for putting on such a wonderful track meet. It was treated as a truly special event, like it is, and that is what all of the athletes deserve.”
The state qualifying track meet will be in Eddyville on Thursday.