PELLA — PCM’s track and field teams combined for five wins and 22 top-three finishes at the Pella Christian Coed Invitational on April 9.
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.
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), 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.
PCM’s Sperfslage was second in the 400 hurdles 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 Mustangs’ 4x800 relay team of Delaney Baird, Lilli Baird, Klaire Jungling and Hannah McCarthy took second in 11:14.32.
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.
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.
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.
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).
PCM took fourth in the boys’ 4x400 relay. PCM’s team of Cummings, Van Winkle, Anderson and Bennett finished fourth (3:44.17).
PCM girls finish
seventh at Gilbert
GILBERT — After a weekend of prom and a seven-hour community service day on April 15, PCM’s girls didn’t have much left in the tank during the annual Gilbert Girls Bengals Relays on April 15.
The Mustangs competed in the large-school division, did not win an event and finished in a tie for seventh in the eight-team field. PCM and Webster City both scored 65 points in seventh.
“The effort was there and the girls competed, but there was just not enough energy in the tanks,” PCM girls track coach Eric Karr said. “Most of our kids were just exhausted after a busy last few days.”
Iowa Falls-Alden won the team title with 156 points followed by host Gilbert (137), Forest City (87), Roland-Story (85), Nevada (75) and West Marshall (67).
The only top-five finishes in individual events came from Uhlenhopp in the 400 hurdles (1:12.05), Cowman in the 100 hurdles (17.42) and Lexi Kuecker in the long jump (14-10 1/2).
The sprint medley relay team of Foster, Freland and Kate McCarthy and Schut stopped the clock in 2:00.22 for second.
The 4x200 relay team of Chipps, Bird, Schut and Foster finished third in 1:55.13. The 4x100 relay team of Foster, Freland, Bird and Schut finished fourth in 54.26.
The 4x200 relay team of Chipps, Bird, Schut and Foster finished third in 1:55.13.
The 4x100 relay team of Foster, Freland, Bird and Schut was fourth in 54.26.
The 4x400 team of Delaney Baird, Lilli Baird, junior Hannah McCarthy and Kate McCarthy finished fifth in 4:33.71.
The 4x800 team of Delaney Baird, Lilli Baird, Jungling and Hannah McCarthy hit the finish line in fifth with a time of 11:24.72.