Kaley Hauxwell grinds through another lap en route to her fourth place finish in the 3200. Teammates Lindsey Mendenhall and Kayla Schilke put in some work, too, as they keep the pace. (Johnson Publications photo)
Madison Brown surged in the last 100 meters of the 1600 to capture first place over some strong competition at last week’s Sutherland meet. (Johnson Publications photo)
With dozen firsts, Chase County girls continue to dominate
By more than 70 points, the Chase County girls took another high school meet championship last week as weather issues continue to plague the track season.
Their latest win came at the Sutherland Invitational last Thursday. Originally scheduled for Friday, it was moved a day earlier to avoid the weekend snowstorm.
Coach Troy Hauxwell is getting weary with all the rescheduling.
He said it was a good decision to move the meet last week, but the team’s practice and training schedules are in a real state of flux.
The team competed in a meet at Cambridge April 9, then had little recovery time when Sutherland was moved to Thursday last week.
But that didn’t seem to bother the performance of the Lady Longhorns at Sutherland. It was the first meet they attended in which preliminaries were held.
Chase County collected 12 of the 17 firsts, dominating the running events and also taking gold in three of the six field events.
Mallie McNair had a four gold medal day.
It was her first time to run the open 800 and won the gold with a time of 2:24.55, a good time according to her coach.
As she’s done all season, McNair repeated as winner of the 400, finishing ahead of second place Emery Swan of Brady, as she did in the 800. Swan is the defending Class D state champion in the 800, and also medaled last year in the 400.
McNair also ran on the championship 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams.
Adelaide Maxwell had a four gold medal day, as well, after winning the 100 and 200, and running on the championship 400 and 1600 meter relay teams.
Peyton Fiedler came home with four medals, too, three of which were gold and one silver.
It was a photo finish in the 100 meter hurdles, as Fiedler nipped Hershey’s Ashley Hassett at the finish with a time of 16.55 seconds. Hassett was .01 second behind her.
“That was a great performance from her,” Hauxwell said. “Those are two top area times.”
Fiedler also won the pole vault with a 9’8” mark. Hauxwell said she had a good attempt at the school record jump of 10’3” but didn’t quite get over.
She was also on the gold medal 400 meter relay team and was second in the 300 meter hurdles.
Another Lady Longhorn with four medals last week was Kamrie Dillan who was on the winning 400 meter relay team, earned second in the 100, third in the 200 and fifth in the long jump.
Sophie Spady was on all three gold medal relay teams, and took home the bronze in the 400 for another banner day.
Madison Brown won the 1600 meter run with a big push in the final stretch to bypass two runners. Hyannis’ Alyssa Shaw led most of the race, but Brown overtook her and Hershey’s Bailee Vanarsdall, separating herself in the final 100 meters.
In the 3200, Kaley Hauxwell finished highest for Chase County in fourth. Freshman Lindsey Mendenhall scored for the team, too, with sixth.
Allison Owings continued her dominance in the shot put, winning gold again at Sutherland, and chalked up a first there, as well, in the discus.
Hauxwell said he was pleased with the PR from freshman Mercedes Peterson, who took fifth in the shot with a throw over 30 feet and scored some points for the team.
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