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PCM girls finish third at Eddyville, look ahead to Drake Relays

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:14 a.m. CDT

EDDYVILLE — At the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont varsity track meet Thursday, Prairie City-Monroe’s girls were out to prove something, and they did. The Class 2A Mustangs took third, placing only behind Class 3A Grinnell and Oskloosa.

Mustang head coach Bridget Martin said the team was happy with the results of Thursday’s meet.

“We continue to be impressed with our field event performances. We are a very well rounded team this year which is going to help us be very successful in scoring points.”

The Mustangs placed first in four events at Eddyville. 

Gold medals went to the 4x200-meter relay team of Jayci Vos, Mackenzie Clarke, Ashley Van Gorp and Lexi Kain in 1 minute, 49.63 seconds; 4x400 relay team of Van Gorp, Courtney Van Houweling, Emily Hugen and Katie Vande Wall with a time of 4:24.04; the sprint medley team of Vos, Clarke, Kain and Rachel Staford; and the 4x800-meter team of Vande Wall, Rachel Freland, Staford and Rachel Peter.

“We made tremendous improvements in our 4x200 and sprint medley relay, which is exactly what we were looking to do,” Martin said of Thursday’s meet. 

The PCM coach said the team has begun looking for possible qualifying opportunities for the Drake Relays.

In the discus, Abbi Gilson placed second with a throw of 111 feet, 6 1/2 inches and Grace Telfer placed sixth with a throw of 90’8”. Gilson had a second-place throw of 34’9” in the shot put with Telfer taking fourth place at 33’6”.

Mustang runner Clarke placed third in the 100-meter dash with 13.52 seconds. In the 200-meter dash Rachel Gulling finished third in 28.75 seconds. Two Mustangs were in the top six in the 400-meter dash, with Van Houweling in third in 64.92 seconds and Freland in sixth in 74.76 seconds.

In the shuttle hurdle relay, the team of Gulling, Gilson,Vos and Kain finished third in 72.01 seconds. In the 4x100-meter relay the team of Hugen, Kayla Jennings, Tatum Schnug and Gilson was fourth in 56.68 seconds. 

In the long jump, Van Gorp took fourth with a jump of 14’7 3/4” and Freland placed fifth at 14’ 5 1/2”.

The Mustang distance medley team of Taylor Burns, Sierra Littrell, Morgan Novak and Mallery Downey placed fifth in 5:49.59. Peter placed fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:42.75. Gulling placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.06 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles, Jennings placed fifth in 78.56 seconds and Schnug placed sixth 79.52 seconds. Downey placed sixth in the 3000-meter run in 15:30.82.

In the high jump, Rachel Stafford placed fifth, clearing the bar at 4’6”.

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