Just two weeks into the competitive running season, the Albia Lady Dees traveled to Bloomfield for the Denny Anderson Relays. The team finished fourth in the field of seven teams and set a staggering 30 personal bests.
“We came down focused and ready to run tonight,” said Coach Todd Ratliff. “I’m very excited to see these ladies have the drops that they had tonight.”
Relays continued to be the strong side of the scoring for the Dees with top three finishes in the shuttle hurdle relay, the 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800. In the shuttle hurdle relay the hurdlers Sophia Hopkins, Emma Wenger, Ashley Beary and Jenna Gronewold bettered their 1:31 run earlier in the season to a 1:24.06 for third place.
The 4x2 saw the first three legs set personal records from Janelle Clark (31.91), Ashley Beary (29.56), and Jenna Gronewold (30.61) with Sydney Hoskins anchoring the relay to a third place finish.
The 4x400 had a pair of PR’s with Ellie Martin coming out of the blocks on the first leg with a 67.82 followed by Juliana Brown’s fastest 400 at 70.38. Allie (72.56) and Avery Major (70.89) legged out the last two legs as the Lady Dees drop their time in this event by 10 seconds running a 4:41.82 finishing in third.
The 4x800 featuring the same quartet shattered their previous times of the season by 36 seconds and three of the four competitors ran all time bests at the 800 distance and the fourth just missing hers by a second. Brown started the relay in 2:49 with Ellie Martin (crushing her previous best of 2:50) ran a 2:40, Allie Major dropped nine seconds (2:50), and Avery Major dropped 13 seconds to run a 2:44 anchor leg. The time was 11:06 finishing third behind Davis Co. and Pekin.
Danica Workman led the sprinting corp once again as she clocked a 13.95 in the 100 meter dash for third place with a 4th place finish in the open 200 meter in 29.40. Hoskins set a PR in the 100m with a time of 14.9 in 7th and Sayler Rozenboom ran a 31.72 (PR) open 200 meter time finishing 12th.
In the 400 meters, Allison Major ran to a 7th place finish in 74.07 with Ellie Martin running her fastest ever open 400m in a time of 69.20 for 5th place points.
Albia’s 4x100 meter relay, sprint medley relay and distance medley relay finished top five. The 4x100 team of Workman, Maia Paxton, Beary and Wenger dropped a season best time in the event at 58.14, finishing fifth.The sprint medley, with runs from Workman, Paxton, Brown and Ellie Martin. Both Brown and Martin ran a PR in their legs of the race and the team finished in 2:08.71 for 5th place. The distance medley squad of Janelle Clark, Paxton, Sayler Rozenboom and Emma Martin (2:49.5) finished in a time of 5:05 for 5th place with Clark and Martin capturing PR’s.
Brooke Smith picked up 5th place points for the team in a career best time of 13:42.35 and ran a 6:10 in the 1500 meter run. Makenna Cronin ran a PR in 6:26.35 and Cheyenne Selvy ran a PR in a time of 6:43.74.
In the hurdle races, Wenger set an all time best of 20.38 for 6th place points with Sophia Hopkins finishing 8th in 21.23 seconds. Avery Major ran her first ever 400 meter hurdle race and finished 4th in a time of 79.61 with Hopkins finishing 8th in a time of 92.56.
Emma Martin and Makenna Cronin competed in the 800 meter race with Martin edging out Cronin in a time of 3:01.09 (7th) and Cronin 3:05.44 (9th).
In field events, Beary and Wenger set new bests in the long jump at 13’ 4” and 13’ 6” respectively. Eads set a new best in the shot put at 22’ 5” with Kaydine Smith throwing 23’ 3.5”, Paige Kaster had a team best at 23’ 6”. Smith threw 71’1” for 8th place,
Team Scores on the night: Davis Co. 212, Pekin 163, Centerville 107, Albia 80, Cardinal 69, Seymour 47, and Moravia 11.