A night of champions; Warriors win third straight UIC title
Monday, May 12, 2014 3:31 PM
The stars were out Thursday night in Monona as area teams converged on the track for the Upper Iowa Conference track meets.
Jared Schroeder (R) looks to hand off to Ben Meyer (L) in a meet earlier in the season. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
When the dust had settled, the South Winn boys team had captured first place for the third straight year, this time edging North Fayette Valley by seven points, 176 to 169. Turkey Valley boys finished eighth with 27 points.
The Turkey Valley girls were fourth with 88.5 points while South Winn was a close fifth with 83 points. Central was the team champion with 126 points.
Rain forced a 40-minute delay, and the girls were unable to complete the high jump.
The Turkey Valley girls had three events claim the top-spot. Chloe Reicks was the discus champion. The senior had a best throw of 114 feet, 9 inches.
Johanna Blazek claimed the crown in the 100-meter dash. She broke the tape in 13.31 seconds.
One relay came home champions. Stephanie Martin, Kirsten Huinker, Sadie Nymeyer and Shelby Reicks won the 4x800 in 10:15.42.
“We had seven of the 18 events end up with all-conference honors, which speaks to the type of student-athletes we have at Turkey Valley,” said Coach Brian Schmitt. ”We fell just short of our team goal of trying to be in the top-two but can now use it as motivation for Thursday at Denver.”
South Winn had two gold medalists Thursday night. Lexie Warth continued her domination in the 100-meter hurdles. She junior broke the tape in 16.74 seconds.
Brittany Shindelar was the shot put champion. She had a best put of 34 feet, 8 inches.
“Considering the circumstances we faced with this meet, our team finished as well as we possibly could. We have some kids who have been limited due to injury, and with the cancellation of the high jump, we were at a disadvantage. I thought we could have competed for third place overall, and we were within about 10 points of that goal, without one of our stronger events - the high jump,” said SW Coach Kevin Kearney.
“We had some truly exceptional performances on a challenging night. The weather was rough for everyone, and we had a lot of girls step up with lifetime best performances - amazing in the conditions they faced.”
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