Ellingson takes fifth place at the Drake Relays
DES MOINES — In her fourth time competing in the high jump at the Drake Relays, Washington senior Sammy Ellingson had her best finish.
Ellingson cleared 5 feet, 3 inches and took fifth place on Friday morning.
“Sammy had a great meet,” Washington head girls’ track and field coach Stefanie Tschantz said. “She looked relaxed and focused. It was pretty windy up there for high jump as the wind had knocked over the bar several times and even knocked over the standards once, but Sam was able to block all of that out and just jump. She was very happy about getting fifth place and coming home with a medal. It had been several years since we had brought home a medal from Drake.”
MOC-Floyd Valley junior Alexis Conaway cleared 5 feet, 8 inches to win the high jump competition. Ellingson just missed clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.
“On her second attempt at 5-4 she just clipped the bar with her heels, but looked pretty good,” Tschantz said.
Washington’s 4x100 relay team of Macy Marek, Natalee Enfield, Amber Salow and Dema Giardino entered Friday’s preliminaries seeded 72nd out of 80 teams, but the Demons ran a season-best time of 52.17 seconds to finish 54th.
“We had a season best by a little over a full second,” Tschantz said. “Our previous best was 53.20. We ran a great time and the girls improved their seeding and all had fun. Macy got out of the blocks great, and everybody just did their part. I know they were all very happy with their performance, as they should be.”
For the Washington boys, the quartet of Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder and Austin Witt finished 74th in the 4x100 relay in 46.31 seconds. Even after running several events at the Ekstrand Relays the night before, the Demons ran a nearly identical time to the one they clocked in Wayland.
“They were just tired from the night before,” Washington head boys’ track and field coach Steve Roth said. “Three of the four of them ran four events the night before. But it was a reward. We got the baton around, and that’s what we wanted to do. The handoffs were perfect. We weren’t concerned about the time. This group has been running around 46 flat most of the season.”
The Washington track and field teams will travel to Fairfield today for the Brookhart Relays, and then they will host the Southeast Conference meet tomorrow at Case Field. The meet was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up to tomorrow in an attempt to run in better weather.