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PCM girls second, boys third at Pella Christian; L-S finishes fifth

PELLA — Prairie City-Monroe track and field teams combined for five wins and 22 top-three finishes at the Pella Christian Coed Invitational on Tuesday night.

The Mustang girls won three gold medals and finished second as a team in the girls’ division with 105 points. PCM’s boys won two events and placed third in the boys’ standings with 122 points.

Lynnville-Sully finished fifth in both divisions. The Hawk girls did not win an event but had five top-three finishes. The L-S boys claimed one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Class 3A Pella swept the standings. The Dutch girls scored 194 points in first. PCM had a 14.5-point advantage over Pleasantville (90.5) for second and the rest of the girls’ field included Wayne (83), Lynnville-Sully (81.5), Centerville (69), Pella Christian (67) and Saydel (36).

The Dutch boys won the team title with 166 points, and 3A ADM of Adel was next with 156.5 points. PCM was easily in front of Centerville (71) and the rest of the eight-team field included Lynnville-Sully (64.5), Pella Christian (61), Pleasantville (45) and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (44).

PCM’s girls won three events. Megan Cowman won the 100-meter hurdles (16.97 seconds) and Celeste Wagaman won the high jump (4 feet, 11 inches) and the shuttle hurdle relay also grabbed gold.

The shuttle hurdle team of Chelsea Bird, Cowman, Morgan Uhlenhopp and Margo Chipps finished in 1 minute, 9.68 seconds, which ranks second in 2A.

PCM’s boys won two events. Payton Strovers won the long jump (19-10 1/2), and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Jarron Trausch, Nigel Sperfslage, Reed Worth and Cole Dustin won with a time of 1:03.27. That time ranks sixth in 2A.

Tyson Vander Linden got the Hawks’ lone win on the night. He won the 400 hurdles in a season-best time of 54.32 seconds, which ranks first in 1A and third overall in the state.

PCM’s Sperfslage was second in the event in a career-best time of 56.97, which ranks fourth in 2A. Worth finished fourth in 59.81.

For the PCM girls, second-place finishes went to Chipps in the 400 hurdles (1:11.77) and the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

The Mustangs’ 4x200 relay team featured Uhlenhopp, Regan Freland, Paytan Schut and Sierra Foster, and they finished in 1:51.09. That time ranks second in 2A.

PCM’s 4x400 relay team of Hannah McCarthy, Kate McCarthy, Schut and Foster were second in 4:31.71. The Hawks’ foursome of Caitlin Alberts, Carson Fisk, Mallory Loftus and Abby Gruver were third in 4:32.91.

The Mustangs’ 4x800 relay team of Delaney Baird, Lilli Baird, Klaire Jungling and Hannah McCarthy took second in 11:14.32.

Alberts claimed one of the second-place finishes for the L-S girls. She was the runner-up in the 400 (1:07.60).

The Hawks also were second to PCM in the shuttle hurdle relay. The team of Gruver, Loftus, Sydney Jansen and Aysia Vander Linden were clocked at 1:14.78.

The PCM boys collected six second-place finishes. Preston Van Wyk was the runner-up in the 100 (11.51) and Beau Webb took second in the 1,600 (4:53.21).

The Mustangs also were second in the 4x100, sprint medley and distance medley relays. The 4x100 team of Strovers, Worth, Brayton Van Dyke and Van Wyk were second in 45.36 seconds. The sprint medley relay team of Van Dyke, Strovers, Van Wyk and Sperfslage took second in 1:39.5. The distance medley relay team of Trausch, Jacob Van Winkle, Connor Bennett and Webb collected a silver medal in 3:56.13.

Kinnick McFarland got the Hawks’ only second-place finish in the long jump (19-1 3/4). The L-S boys also were third once as Gage Vander Leest got the bronze in the 110 high hurdles (15.69).

For the PCM girls, Kate McCarthy was third in the 200 (28.72), Uhlenhopp took third in the 400 hurdles (1:13.78) and the 4x100 relay team of Chipps, Freland, Schut and Foster were third in 53.78.

Janelle Rozendaal secured a third-place finish in the discus (92-6) and Megan Van Zante and Meleisha Vos went 3-4 in the 3,000 for L-S. Van Zante finished in 13:09.72, and Vos crossed the finish line in 13:32.49.

The PCM boys were third in four events, including Worth in the 100 (11.56) and Van Winkle in the 200 (23.59).

The 4x200 relay team of Strovers, Wes Cummings, Van Dyke and Trausch were third in 1:36.98. The top three teams were separated by only .57 seconds.

The 4x800 relay team featured Landon Fenton, Ayrton Breckenridge, Carson Duinink and Garin Padget, and they took third in 10:10.72.

For the L-S girls, Gruver was fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:15.03), Krystal Van Dyke tied for fourth in the high jump (4-4) and Emily Van Gorp took fifth in the 800 (3:06.4).

PCM’s boys got a fourth-place finish from Aiden Anderson in the 400 (56.23) and a fifth-place tally from Dustin in the 110 high hurdles (16.06).

Rylan James of L-S was fourth in the shot put (47-9 1/4).

PCM and L-S went 4-5 in the boys’ 4x400 relay. PCM’s team of Cummings, Van Winkle, Anderson and Bennett finished fourth (3:44.17) and the L-S foursome of Vander Leest, McFarland, Slater Young and Vander Linden placed fifth (3:46.27).

PCM’s girls participate in the Lady Charger Invitational at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Guthrie Center. PCM’s boys are in the ADM Tiger Invitational at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Both L-S squads compete in the Colo-NESCO Royals Coed Invitational at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in Nevada.

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