MONROE — North Polk is no longer in the Heart of Iowa Conference. But the Comets and PCM girls track teams had quite the battle on Tuesday, like they did so many other times as conference rivals.
The Mustangs claimed five wins, tallied four runner-up finishes and were third seven times during the PCM High School Coed Invitational.
PCM (152) was edged out by Class 3A North Polk (154) in the team race by two points. No other school scored more than 70 points.
Baxter also was in the eight-team field and finished fourth with 63 points. Chariton was third was 66 points. The rest of the lineup included Montezuma (53), Knoxville (52), Twin Cedars (35) and the PCM JV (13).
The Mustangs’ lone relay win came in the 4x100. The foursome of Margo Chipps, Ryan Bennett, Eliana Buswell and Chelsea Bird grabbed the gold medal in 54.73 seconds.
Bird and Chipps also won individual events. Chipps was first in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles as she recorded times of 16.38 seconds and 1 minute, 9.05 seconds, respectively.
Bird won the 100 in 13.51, finished third in the 200 in 28.71 and tallied a runner-up finish in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 9 inches.
Baxter’s lone individual win came in the long jump. Mandee Selover’s leap of 14-11 won it.
The Mustangs’ other win came from Paige Steenhoek in the 3,000. She won it with a time of 12:16.65 and Tiffani Koonce was third in 12:53.52.
Baxter’s other win came in the 4x800 relay. The team of Elie Tuhn, Regan Russell, Morgan Ratliff and Kailee Conradi finished in 10:58.6.
The rest of PCM’s second-place finishes came from Celeste Wagaman in the high jump, Vi Humpal in the shot put and in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Wagaman hit 5-0 in the high jump, while Claire Wilson was fifth with a leap of 4-4.
Humpal’s second-place throw in the shot put covered 29-4 1/2. Rylee Gallaher (28-4) was fourth, Cate Humpal (26-11) finished fifth and Jaden Fairbanks (26-11) took sixth.
The shuttle hurdle team of Belle Hudnut, Kate McClellan, Buswell and Avery Houser finished second in 1:18.68.
Baxter’s lone runner-up finish came in the sprint medley relay. The team of Maddie Pierce, Maggie Schabilion, Bree Buswell and Selover finished in 2:01.45.
PCM was third in seven events. Baxter grabbed a bronze medal in three events.
In the 100, PCM’s Bennett was third in 13.6. Houser (18.57) took third in the 100 hurdles while McClellan (18.62) was fourth.
In the 400, PCM’s Delaney Baird was third in 1:06.46 and Lilli Baird took fifth in 1:08.89.
The Mustangs doubled up in the discus. Vi Humpal (79-2) was third and Gallaher (74-1) finished fourth. Baxter’s Merrin Ziesman (68-10) took sixth.
PCM’s 4x400 relay team also was third. The team of Delaney Baird, Lily Bowen, Sophia Steenhoek and Lilli Baird finished the race in 4:40.92.
One of Baxter’s third-place finishes came in the 4x100 relay. The team of Pierce, Bree Buswell, Schabilion and Selover finished in 55.45.
Conradi also took third in the 800 with a time of 2:41.18. Tuhn finished third in the 1,500 in 5:25.30 and Russell was sixth in 5:47.55.
Both schools had a few more fifth and sixth place individual finishes.
For PCM, Paige Steenhoek (2:47.25) and Koonce (2:48.94) were 4-5 in the 800. Bennett (29.32) was fifth in the 200.
Baxter’s Buswell was fifth in both the 100 hurdles (18.75) and 400 hurdles (1:21.73). Lydia Pierce (15.0) finished sixth in the 100 and Carlee Zahurones (1:33.27) took sixth in the 400 hurdles.