Demons lower times at Pen City Relays
FORT MADISON — The Washington girls’ track and field team went to Tuesday’s 38th annual Timm Lamb Pen City Relays in Fort Madison hoping to lower its times in several relay races, and that’s just what the Demons did. Washington ran season-best times in five different relays.
Washington’s 4x400 relay team of Mariah Reighard, Sammy Ellingson, Lauren Kimball and Stephanie Fishback recorded a time of 4:10.19, dropping its time by 9½ seconds. The Demons placed third in the event behind quartets from Iowa City West and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
“It was nice to see them all click and run so well together,” Washington head coach Stefanie Tschantz said.
The quartet of Kimball, Kaitlin Buchholz, Morgan Kimball and Reighard took fourth place in a season-best time of 10:21.86, a time that now ranks 10th in Class 3A. Reighard anchored the relay with a 2:29 split, her first time running under 2:30.
“We changed up our 4x800 relay to see what we could do, and they ran faster than I was expecting,” Tschantz said.
Washington’s sprint medley relay team of Maddie Bohr, Grace Redlinger, Rachael Hall and Morgan Kimball recorded a time of 1:58.94 and dropped its time by 2½ seconds. Kimball anchored with a 62-second 400-meter split. The Demons also took third place in that event behind quartets from West and Jefferson.
Washington’s 4x100 relay team of Macy Marek, Natalee Enfield, Amber Salow and Dema Giardino lowered its time by three-hundredths of a second, finishing fourth in 53.20 seconds. And Washington’s shuttle hurdle relay team of Buchholz, Emma Wood, Ellingson and Carolan Hoffman finished fifth in a season-best time of 1:11.40.
The quartet of Marek, Hall, Enfield and Fishback took third place in the 4x200 relay in 1:52.03, and the distance medley relay team of Salow, Addison Gaal, Redlinger and Aubrey Zimmer finished fifth in 4:59.40.
Marek took second place in the 100-meter dash in 13.49 seconds. Redlinger finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 28.65 seconds, and teammate Kelly Wheeler finished fifth in 29.31 seconds. Freshman Mackenzie Knutson took fourth place in the 400-meter dash in 1:07.21.
Buchholz ran a personal-best time of 1:10.57 to take fourth place in the 400-meter hurdles, and Lauren Kimball finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.68 seconds.
Ellingson cleared 5 feet and took second place in the high jump, and Lauren Kimball placed third after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. Senior Joni Erwin took fourth place in the shot put competition with a throw of 34 feet, 2.5 inches.
Washington finished fourth in the Class A team standings with 62 points. Iowa City West won the Class A title with 147.5 points, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson was second with 120 points. Mt. Pleasant finished in third with 82.5 points.
“We saw a lot of good things last night,” Tschantz said. “We had tough competition with Iowa City West, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Mt. Pleasant, but overall we did better than I had expected.”