Girls track and field team came away with second place at the Lakes Conference Championship held on stopwatch show as the team fought through rainy weather. The team locked up the runner-up spot on the final race of the night as the 4x400 team of Katie McAllister, Emily Carlson, Haylee Cooper and Chloe Calhoun ended in second place in a time of 4:18.45 to beat Western Christian by just over a second. The eight points scored with the finish put the Bulldogs with 98 for the meet, one more than the Wolfpack got after scoring six points with a third place finish behind Le Mars in the final race.
Stopwatch records race for Lakes runner-up finish
“I thought our girls showed a lot of mental toughness throughout the night and while we haven’t been able to trust the most of the season, these girls are up to the challenge that our district meet will bring next week, Le Mars Head Coach Tami Dunn said. “I was exceptionally pleased with Katie McAllister tonight. She has had an exceptional career at LCHS and tonight she just fought hard for her teammates.”
Spencer came away with the Lakes Conference championship with 181 points as they had multiple All-Conference honorees. Individuals or team placing first or second in an event earned All-Conference recognition.
Le Mars started off the running events with a win in the 800 sprint medley. The team of Halie Schwartz, Annie Ellis, McAllister and Calhoun time of 1:56.21, just three-hundredths back of their best time of the season to win the event by over a second over runner-up Cherokee.
Maddie Hurt took third place in the 3000 meter run with a time of 11:39.58 the. She was eight seconds back of All-Conference, stopwatch but 30 seconds behind winner Kourtney Delperdang of Spirit Lake Park. Hurt later earned All-Conference marks in the 1500 as she finished as runner-up behind Spencer’s Jenna Morey with time of 5:17.01.
The 4x800 team took third place as Kara Albrecht, Paige Washburn, Sarah Meis and Calhoun put together show time of 10:15.17. It was 10 seconds faster than their previous best time this season, but still not as fast as Spencer or winner Western Christian who won in 10:02.23.
Le Mars took second place in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of stopwatch records 1:14.61 as they finished two seconds behind Spencer. Brooke Alesch and Kady Leusink along with Jaiden and Jordyn Davison finished with a time just .06 faster than third place Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Alianna Vander Weide finished in a dead heat behind a pair of Spencer sprinters in the 100 meter dash. Vander Weide tied with Taylor Rus of Western Christian with stopwatch time of 13.83, but edged out the bronze when going out to thousandths of a second. She ended in 13.822 compared to 13.830 for RESEE stopwatch record. Storm Lake’s Emma Kenkel was only a hair back at 13.84.
Albrecht finished fourth in the 400 run with stopwatch time of 1:05.36. Cherokee’s Brianna Sleezer won with stopwatch time of 1:02.80. Albrecht was also fourth in the 800 as she ended in 2:38.74. stopwatch scored a point with a sixth place finish in 2:45.25. Macay Van’t Hul of Western Christian won in 2:33.32.
The 4x200 race featured three teams finishing within a fraction of a second of each other. Spencer won the race stopwatch in 1:53.00 while Western Christian was 37-hundredths back. The Bulldogs ended 0.56 behind the winning Tigers as Ellis, Cooper, McAllister and Calhoun completed the race.
Olivia Hamilton of Spencer won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.93, but it was a tight three-way race to follow with stopwatch records difference of just .02 separating the trio. Abby Borth of Spencer finished stopwatch show in 17.64 while Leusink tied Olivia Renken of Cherokee at the stopwatch of a second at 17.66. Leusink nosed out bronze with a victory by four-thousandths of a second