GRINNELL — Marking up nine top five finishes at Thursday’s 2019 Little Hawkeye Conference Indoor Track Championships, Newton High’s Cardinal girls had a strong outing as a team. It was the first meet the Newton girls competed as a full team.
There are no team scores accumulated at the meet held at Grinnell College’s Bear Athletic Center.
Three schools did not compete as Norwalk and Oskaloosa are in the Class 3A state boys’ basketball tournament. Pella Christian was the other non participating school.
Senior Abbie Barr cleared the high jump bar at 4 feet, 8 inches to claim second place. She would later finish fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.58 seconds.
The top performance on the track for the Newton girls came in the 1,600 distance medley relay race. The team of sophomores Kate Callaghan and Kynnedei Terpstra, freshman Brooklyn Cupples and senior Rachel Rhoads posted a second-place time of 4 minutes, 33.19 seconds. Indianola won it in 4:30.72.
Rhoads, Cupples and Barr combined with sophomore Ashay Malow to take fourth in the 4x400 relay to end the meet. Their time was 4:35.37. Another Cardinal team of Lauren Zaabel, Grace Benson, Morgan Stalzer and Molly Coy was 11th in 5:10.08.
Cupples went 14 feet, 0.25 inches to finish fourth in the long jump with Liv Whitten in fifth at 13-7 and Priscila Amador in eighth at 13-0.75.
Mackenzie Baker placed fourth in the shot put at 31-11.5 and Kealey Manning was fifth at 31-9.50. Tess Brunsmann was 12th with a toss of 25-11 followed by Maggie Williams in 14th at 23-6.
Riley Davidson ran fifth in the 400 in 1:11.41 and Madelyn Pickett was ninth in 1:26.85. Kelsey Church finished 11th in the 1,500 in 6:03.12. Kya Butler took sixth the 200 in 30.50 seconds and Heather Perry was 10th in 32.88.
Morgan Stalzer placed eighth in the 800 in 3:02.60. Coy was 10th in 3:22.27 followed by Lizzy Raper in 11th at 3:22.70 and Kali Smith in 12th in 3:51.95. In the 4x800 relay race, Newton’s team of Clare Muckler, Malow, Benson and Zaabel finished sixth in 11:24.51.
Kate Callaghan ran a 10.71-second time for sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with Whitten in eighth at 10.93 and Emma Rogers in 10th at 11.18. In the 60-meter dash, Kenleigh Jack, Mackenzie Faircloth, Madison Seiser and Samantha Kimmel went 16-17-18-19 in 10.02, 10.68, 11.32 and 12.89, respectively.
Amador, Savanna Spencer, Teddie Brunsmann and Nya Davis combined for eighth place in 2:07.09 in the 4x200 relay race. The team of Sydni Followill, Briahna Smith, Emma Rogers and Fikir Kokeb was 10th in 2:16.63.
The Cardinal girls have a week off to practice then have two meets the week of March 18. They will compete at Iowa State on March 18 in Ames then concluded the indoor track season back at Grinnell College on March 21 in the Colfax-Mingo coed meet.
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