MV's Wall qualifies for Drake Relays


Girls track

     Senior Sam Wall has earned a spot in the Drake Relays, having qualified to run in the spring classic in the 100-meter dash.

     Wall will compete in the prelims of the 100 on Friday, April 26, 8:45 a.m. at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     Meanwhile, it was a big week for all the Wildcats, who got the chance to compete in their annual Wildcat Invitational April 15 in Delhi.

     The Wildcats took fourth place in a competitive field of 13 schools at the meet, scoring 63 points. Decorah won with 117, Cascade was second with 96, and Jesup took third with 79.5.

     Wall played a big role in the finish, winning the 100 in 12.82 seconds.

     Finishing second were Amaya Hunt in the 400, and Lydia Helle in both the discus and the shot put.

     Placing third was Leah Ries in the 100 hurdles.

     Three days later, Maquoketa Valley scored 48.5 points to finish sixth of 11 teams in the West Delaware Invitational April 18. Cascade won the meet with 97 points, Vinton-Shellsburg was second with 76.5, and Independence placed third with 73.

     Winners for the Wildcats included Sam Wall in the 100-meter dash, 13.97 seconds; and Leah Ries in the 100 hurdles, 17.13.

     Lydia Helle was second in the shot put and third in the discus. MV took third and fourth place in the 3,000 with Emma Doyl and Kylie Chesnut, respectively.


Boys track

     Maquoketa Valley racked up 134 points in a second-place effort at the Alburnett Invitational April 16. Cedar Rapids Xavier totaled 183 to win the meet, and North Linn was third with 91.

     The Wildcats won three events, including James LeGassick in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 56.20 seconds; the shuttle hurdle relay of Derek Becker, LeGassick, Teige Hunt and Chad Neuzil in 1:02.64; and the 800 sprint medley relay of Daniel Hunter, Evan Hoefer, Derek Becker and Chance Downs in 1:38.34.

     Placing second were Derek Becker in the 400, Downs in the 800, Nolan Ries in the 3,200, Blake Becker in the discus, LeGassick in the long jump, Brian Heims in the shot put, the 4x100 relay of Hunter, Hoefer, Neuzel and Owen Mensen; the 4x100 weightperson’s relay of Norman Wilson, Alex Digman, Devin Smith and Blake Becker; the 4x200 relay of Zach Digman, Hunt, Hoefer and Mensen; and the 4x400 relay of Derek Becker, Hoefer, LeGassick and Downs.

     Finishing third were Hunter in the 100 and Neuzil in the 110 hurdles.



     Maquoketa Valley earned a split of two meets April 16 in Bellevue.

     The Wildcat girls defeated Bellevue Marquette 212 to 219. Kelly Winter led the way with a 50, finishing second to Marquette medalist Lauren Sieverding, who shot a 46. Faith Hunt shot a 52 for MV, while Mady Moenck, Chloe Roling and Kelsey Ries each had 55 and Erika Supple had a 56.

     MV’s boys lost 208 to 216 despite getting the overall top two scores, a 45 from Isaac Zirtzman and a 50 from Tony Offerman. Austin Snyder had a 56, Morgan Hermanson and Garrett Lahr each had a 65, and Jackson Hunter totaled 66.

     Roling and Offerman each recorded a birdie for the first time in their respective high school careers.

     On April 18, the Wildcats battled cold, blustery conditions and the Cascade Cougars in a dual meet at Fillmore Fairways. MV won the girls’ meet, 199 to 260. Winter was medalist with a 46, and Supple shot a 49 to finish second. Moenck and Roling tied for third, each with 54.

     Cascade won the boys’ meet, 198 to 221. Leading Maquoketa Valley were medalist Zirtzman with a 44, Hermanson with a 58, Offerman with a 59, and Snyder with a 60.

     “Kelly Winter had another strong outing, in less than favorable conditions,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “Shout-out to Erika Supple, as she won her first medal.

     “The MV boys continue to work hard, trying to improve as the season winds down. We were proud of everyone’s efforts.”



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