GRINNELL — Colfax-Mingo senior Braedynn Rawlins is ready for her final track and field season.
Despite not throwing as far as she had hoped, Rawlins still won her second straight South Iowa Cedar League Indoor shot put title on Monday night. And set a new conference indoor record in the process.
Rawlins was the only winner for the Tigerhawks, but junior Abbey McConeghey was the runner-up in the 800-meter run.
“I wanted to throw further, but overall I am happy with where I am at. It’s a good start to the season,” Rawlins said.
For Lynnville-Sully, the 4x200 relay team was victorious, and junior Abby Gruver was the runner-up in the 400.
Rawlins won the SICL Indoor meet for the first time last season after placing third as a sophomore. Her winning throw of 35 feet, 4 inches on Monday set a new SICL indoor record.
“I had a good feeling coming in and was hoping to win, but you never know what other teams have or what freshmen come in and do well,” Rawlins said.
The SICL Indoor meet does not keep team scores. And there were timing issues with the 60 dash, but no area athlete placed in that event.
McConeghey missed her entire sophomore season with an injury. She returned to the oval Monday and was second in the 800 and helped the Tigerhawks to third in the 4x800 relay.
McConeghey finished the 800 in 2 minutes, 51.33 seconds.
The 4x800 relay team featured senior Ilia Hostetter, McConeghey, junior Jodine Woods and sophomore Chelsey Temple, and the foursome was third with a time of 12:03.17.
Hostetter grabbed another third-place finish in the 1,500 run. She was timed at 6:10.93.
The final top-five finish came in the distance medley relay. That team included Woods, freshman Kylie Doty, sophomore Riley Carroll and Hostetter, and they finished in 5:09.11.
It’s Spring Break for both Colfax-Mingo and Lynnville-Sully. The Tigerhawks were missing a few athletes, including senior Jordan Atwood.
The Hawks only had eight of their 30 athletes at the meet on Monday.
Gruver was part of a winning SICL indoor relay for the second straight season. She ran on the Hawks’ winning 4x400 team last year and anchored L-S to a win in the 4x200 on Monday.
The team of sophomores Korinne Jansen and Cally Gibbs, freshman Sydney Jansen and Gruver won the 4x200 in 2:28. Gruver made a pass about halfway through the final lap to give the Hawks the victory.
“It felt good. Everyone contributed really well,” Gruver said. “It felt fast. We all wanted to win, and we were able to do that.”
The Hawks were second in the event last year.
Gruver also placed second in the 400 with a time of 1:06.42. She was fourth in the event as a sophomore.
She will compete in the 400 hurdles and the shuttle hurdle relay when the outdoor season begins. She got over a few hurdles Monday, which will help her get adjusted to the outdoor opener next week.
“It was the first meet of the year so I just wanted to get over some hurdles. We can build off it now,” Gruver said.
The other top-five finish for the Hawks came from Gibbs in the 200. She was fourth with a time of 30.79 seconds.
Colfax-Mingo hosts its annual indoor meet at Grinnell College at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Grinnell.
Lynnville-Sully’s first outdoor meet is at 4:30 p.m. on March 26 in Belle Plaine.