Warriors start season at Wartburg
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:06 PM
The South Winn girls and boys track teams kicked off the season Tuesday by competing at the Warburg Indoor Invite in Waverly.
No team scores were kept.
Silver for Phillips
The girls were led by Abby Phillips. The senior tied for second in the high jump by clearing 1.52 meters. First place cleared 1.58 meters.
Lexie Warth made it into the finals in the 55-meter hurdle competition. The junior posted a prelims time of 9.60 seconds, good for sixth. In the finals she cleared the hurdles in 9.48 seconds, earning fourth overall.
Two events came in fifth. Kennidee DeVilbiss broke the tape in 1:04.87 in the 400-meter run. Jessica Lechtenberg came on strong in the 3,000-meter run, earning fifth in 12:36.84.
"It was good to be able to get on a track and compete. Even though we are not in the form we will be later in the year, it is always great to get an early season look at where we are at. I was very pleased with how well our girls competed against some exceptional competition. There were about 25 teams - many of which were 3A and 4A schools. Our girls held their own and turned in some nice performances," said girls coach Kevin Kearney. "I was also pleased with the performances of our freshmen in their first high school meet - they stepped up and really competed well for us."
The 4x800 relay of Garrett Bohach, Ben Meyer, Devin Franzen and Nathan Meyer ruled the oval, earning second in 8:41.42. First place went to Iowa City High in 8:28.39.
Chris Brincks and Jordan Rommes tied for second in the high jump, with both clearing 1.83 meters. First place had a best jump of 1.88 meters. B. Meyer came in third in the long jump in 18 feet, 11.75 inches.
The 4x200 relay of Jared Schroeder, Treyton Jacobsen, Rommes and Brincks posted a time of 1:39.74, good for fourth. In fifth was the 4x400 of Bohach, Franzen, B. Meyer and N. Meyer in 3:44.35.
"Anyone or relay that placed in the top 10 was a pretty good day. I was impressed with the intensity with which the guys competed. From seniors down to freshman, they got out after it and competed hard. As a result of less than favorable weather this spring, it's important to take advantage of any opportunity to get in a good race, jump or throw. We had a majority if not all the guys do that last night. It's been hard to get a feel for what kind of a team we'll have this year. However, if we continue to compete, warmup, cooldown and show up like we did last night, we will be a team that gets better every week and from meet to meet," said Coach Scott Conway. "The upper classmen did a great job of helping the new guys get prepared and ready to a run a race. It can be pretty intimidating and hard to know what to do and to do it in a meet with 25 plus boys and girls teams. The meet doesn't stay on schedule so it's hard to judge when to start warmups. Everyone showed up to their events on time, warmed up and ready to compete. In the first 3-5 meets, learning and getting to compete is the name of the game."
The Warriors get back to preseason training until the UIC meet, Tuesday, March 25, at Luther College, beginning at 4 p.m.