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Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:03 p.m. CST

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MONROE — After numerous postponements and cancellations this spring, it appeared Monday would finally be the day for Prairie City-Monroe to host a girls track meet.

For a little while, anyway.

Teams in attendance completed 14 events, many of them through a driving rain, before the meet was eventually called off following the conclusion of the 800-meter run. In addition to PCM, area schools Colfax-Mingo, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and Lynnville-Sully were in attendance for the two-class meet.

No official results were available as of press time.

The host Mustangs were having a good night before the meet was washed out, indicated by coach Bridget Burns naming it as the team’s best effort of the season. Unofficially, junior Abbi Gilson scored a victory in the discus with a throw of more than 109 feet, while fellow junior Lexi Kain picked up a victory in the 100-meter dash.

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Kain, Shelby Palm, Emma Williams and Kelsey Townsend had PCM’s lone second place finish. Taking third were Rachel Peter in the 3,000, the distance medley relay team of Townsend, Peter, Kenzie Clarke and Alex Samson and the 4x200 team of Clarke, Williams, Courtney Van Houweling and Emily Hugen. Ashley Van Gorp added a fourth-place finish in the 400.

“Although the meet was cancelled before the end, we were well on our way to having a great night,” Burns said. “We continue to improve each meet with more season bests tonight. Mother Nature hasn’t been nice to us this year, but what we were able to get in tonight looks promising for the meets to come.”

It was a similar situation for the Tigerhawks, who coach Zach Tomas actually pulled out of competition after the 4x200 because of risk of injury and illness. Thanks to a strong leadoff leg from Bailey Pease, C-M took third in the 4x800 and also got a season-best time from its shuttle hurdle relay team.

Other highlights for the Tigerhawks include Jessica Albright and McKinzie Tjaden taking fourth and fifth in the 100, respectively. Kayla VanDusseldorp took advantage of the somewhat dry conditions for the throwing events by recording a career-best toss of 29 feet, six inches.

“Even though we left early, we had several great performances and the girls stayed positive despite the conditions,” Tomas said.

Unofficial results from CMB and Lynnville-Sully were also unavailable at press time.

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