Even some more questionable spring weather can’t slow down the Prairie City-Monroe girls golf team.
The Mustangs shot a 194 to defeat Pleasantville and Melcher-Dallas Tuesday afternoon at Pleasantville Country Club.
Maddie Peters led the Mustangs with a 47, but the rest of the team fell in line right behind her. Cassidy Van Veen finished with a 48, Taylor Phifer carded a 49 and Kelsey Van Veen rounded out the team’s scoring with a 50. Both Hannah Hugen and Rachel Phifer contributed non-scoring 52s.
“The top and bottom scores for us were only five strokes apart. That is pretty competitive amongst the team,” PCM coach Val Edwards said. “Usually when one of my golfers is struggling a bit, another one steps up and has a better night.”
PCM will take some hard-earned time off, competing next Monday in an invitational hosted by Bondurant-Farrar at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona.
Hawk girls track takes fifth at Pella Christian
The Lynnville-Sully girls track team took fifth place out of seven teams in Tuesday’s meet at Pella Christian. Coach Darin Arkema was happy to get the meet in, even with the elements being what they were.
“I was glad we were able to get this meet in tonight, even though it got windy and cool, and even raining before the end,” Arkema said. “It was a meet with some bigger schools and competition that the girls won’t go against at other meets. It’s good to get a different look, see some new competition, and try to focus on improving ourselves.”
Even though their team score was not very impressive, some of the individual scores tell a different story.
The Hawks showed up big in the distance events. Alexa Vander Leest took first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:48.50. Vander Lees also had an impressive run in the 800, where she finished second with a time of 2:38.03.
“Alexa had two strong races in the 3,000 and 800 going first and first,” Arkema said. “Her 3,000 time would have been much faster in better conditions, so she knows she is capable there.”
Tara Vos was second in the 1,500, posting a time of 5:32.83. Vos was also the anchor in the Hawks’ first place distance medley team that also included Kasiah Ehresman, Madison Rasmusson and Cori Rice. That team won the event with a time of 4:41.07. Vos’ final event was as the anchor in the second place 4x400 team, which was identical to the medley team.
“The distance medley group put together a great effort in winning that race,” Arkema said. “Good early legs and handoff between Kasiah and Madison allowed Cori and then Tara to run out front and be in control. Tara had a really good night, anchoring that medley to first, placing second in the 1,500 with a great time, and anchoring the 4x400 to second.”
Ehresman and Rasmusson joined Tierney Needham and Shelby Davis on the Hawks’ fourth place 4x100 team. They were timed at 55.80. Davis joined Rice, Rasmusson and Ehresman on the third place finishing 4x200 team, timed at 1:58.25. Davis along with Taylor Vander Leest, Needham and Natalie Nickell took third in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:20.22. Davis also competed in the high jump, finishing third with a jump of four feet, eight inches.
Arkema came away with a good amount of optimism.
“We had a number of good performances and improvements even though conditions weren’t favorable so that is a good sign for the future,” he said.
Tigerhawks get team win over Saydel’s Eagles
The Colfax-Mingo boys golf team traveled to Des Moines on Tuesday and got the team victory on the Eagles’ home turf, 166-182.
MaCauley Mosher was the only golfer to shoot under 40 in the rough conditions, but several rounds in the low 40s were enough to secure the 16-stroke victory for the Tigerhawks.
Austin Yoakum was second on the team, shooting a 41 that included a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. Jimmy Abell shot a 42 for C-M, matching the low score for the Eagles posted by Zane Martin. Colton Russell and Brady Dejoode both shot 44s, and the final Tigerhawk in the 40s was Mason Mosher with a 47.