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With the exception of the Drake Relay participants and the Mid-Prairie girls’ team, all the area track athletes converged on WACO for the Ekstrand Relays.
The Lone Tree boys’ team led all boys’ teams on their way to winning the Class B side of the meet with 152 team points.
The Lions collected 18 top-3 finishes spread across 16 events on their way to winning the boys’ meet. The win also checked a goal off the team’s preseason checklist.
“Our team goal on winning four meets this season was met Thursday and we look forward to trying to capitalize on the success,” head coach Caylon DeVaul said.
The Lone Tree girls finished fourth in Class B. The girls’ performance was highlighted by a pair of seconds by Kaycee Kane in the discus and shot put and seconds from Emily Feldman in the 100 meter shuttle run and the shuttle hurdle relay.
Their lone first came in the 4x800 meter relay.
The Highland girls took second in Class B as a team with a win in the 4x100 meter relay, a one-two finish from Emily Yahnke and Aly Stokes in the long jump, a second by Kelsey Hora in the 400 meter, and a third from McKenna Winegarden in the 400 meter hurdles.
The boys’ side also saw some improving finishes. Zack Lasek continued to place well in the throwing events, but the team also took home first in Class B in the 4x400 meter relay.
Mid-Prairie only sent the boys’ team, but they did well by placing second in Class A. Only Washington fared better in the class than the Golden Hawks.
The second place finish was made possible by a trio of first in the relays (1600 distance medley, 4x800 meter, and 4x400 meter) and a pair of relay seconds.
Four individuals also received firsts. Kyle Miller took first in the high jump, with teammate Marshall Teets earning runner-up honors. Teets earned a first for himself for his 400 meter run performance. Peyton Miller won the 1600 meter run and Cary Shcaefer won the 800 meter.
IMS girls’ track team finished fifth of eight teams in Class B behind a lot of season-best times. These season-bests include Rubye Ney’s second-place in the 400 meter hurdles, the sprint medley relay, the 4x400 meter relay, and Suzanna Yoder posted a season-best long jump and a personal best in the 200 meter.
Emma Beachy won the discus with a throw of 95’1”.
The season bests transferred over to the boys’ side as well, ahead of their next competition at conference. Adrian Gonzales added nearly two feet to his long jump and set a personal record in the 200 meter.
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