Wildcats pick up state meet medals

Kara Orcutt of the Wildcats races in the 100 hurdle preliminaries at the state meet May 19. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Maquoketa Valley’s Sam Wall (right) makes the exchange with Aspen Britt in the 4x100 relay preliminaries at the state meet Friday.

Brock Hillers of Maquoketa Valley clears the last hurdle in the 110 hurdle preliminaries May 19 in Des Moines.

Kyle Wilson of Maquoketa Valley competes in the 800-meter run at State May 20.

Girls track

     With medals in two events, the Maquoketa Valley girls track and field team scored 12 points and finished in 21st place at the State Class 1A Girls Track and Field Meet Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     A capsule look at the Wildcats’ finishes at State:

     • The 4x400 team of Samantha Wall, Brianna Mensen, Kara Orcutt and Aspen Britt won its heat in the Friday preliminaries with a time of 4:12.03, and then finished second in Saturday’s finals with a time of 4:08.63.

     • The shuttle hurdle team of Angela Wendt, Cassiddy Wilson, Kaitlyn Deutmeyer and Orcutt finished 20th overall in 1:13.34.

     • On Friday, the distance medley team finished 18th in 4:35.54 with the team of Madison Imler, Danica Fjelstul, Ashley Stogdill and Wilson.

     • Alison Sheehy finished 19th in the discus event on Thursday with a top throw of 104-5.

     • In the 100 hurdles on Friday, Orcutt was 23rd, 17.67. Orcutt also ran in the 400 hurdles the same day, and finished 23rd.

     • The 4x200 relay team finished fifth in the state on Friday with the team of Mensen, Stogdill, Britt and Wall, in 1:49.59.

     The 4x100 team of Mensen, Stogdill, Wall and Britt finished 10th in 52.50, running in Friday’s preliminaries.

     • On Saturday morning, the sprint medley team of Mensen, Stogdill, Wall and Britt was ninth in 1:54.83.


Boys track

     Maquoketa Valley scored points in two events, picking up seven points and finishing 31st at the State Class 1A Boys Track and Field Meet Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     A chronological look at all of the Wildcats’ events:

     • MV ran in the 4x800 finals on Thursday, and the team of Derek Becker, Kyle Wilson, Chance Downs and Brenden Hogan finished ninth in 8:24.77.

     • Also on Thursday, the shuttle hurdle team of Brock Hillers, Becker, Colin Wendt and Chad Neuzil ran in the prelims, and finished 12th overall in 1:03.28.

     • In the 110 hurdles on Friday, Brock Hillers was 23rd in 16:41.

     • Also on Friday, the distance medley team of Mitchell Neuzil, Zak Harbach, Becker and Wilson finished sixth in 3:38.98. That was worth three points to the Wildcats.

     • On Saturday morning, Wilson ran fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:59.19, earning four points for the team.

     • Brendan Hogan was 18th in the 1,600 Saturday, in 4:46.04.

Girls golf

     Maquoketa Valley totaled 503 and finished in fourth place at the Class 1A first round regional meet Monday, May 15 at Wapsie Ridge in Fairbank.

     Kelly Winter led the Wildcats with a score of 108. Kelsey Ries shot 112, Chloe Roling carded 116, Faith Hunt had 117, Megan McNamara totaled 123, and Maddie Lahr had 135.

     “Overall I was happy with how the girls performed,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “Our goal was to move on as a team to the regional final at Jesup. We fell a little short of that, but did pick up a lot of positives.

     “Some of the girls fought through some adversity early in the day, and golfed much better on the back nine. All the girls that scored for us today were sophomores, so there is a lot to be optimistic about. Placing third at conference and fourth at regionals is something to be proud of with such a young group.”




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