MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys won first place in their competition, and the MMC girls claimed second place in theirs at the annual Heartland Relays here Tuesday night in chilly, windy conditions.
The MMC boys notched nine first-pace finishes to total the winning 160 points for team score, followed by Hinton 140, Akron-Westfield 100, Storm Lake St. Mary's 92, West Sioux 32, and Aurelia 20.
Individual firsts for the host Eagles in the boys competition included Will Hanson's 15.68 clocking in the 110 hurdles, Blaine Dammann's 11.36 time in the 100 meters, Jat Welp's 4:50 time in the 1600 meters, and Neal Bunt's 54.64 time in the 400 meters.
The Eagles' 4x200 (1:34), medley (3:51), shuttle hurdle (1:03), 4x100 (45.49), and 4x400 (3:39)relay teams also earned first-place finishes. Names of the runners aboard the MMC relays were not submitted.
Roseen was fourth in the shot put with a 37-6 effort, John Hoefling fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17-2 1/4 and fourth in the 400 meters in 59.67, and Zac Specht was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:21.
The Eagles' 4x800 relay team was third in 9:38.
For the Aurelia boys, Aaron Bruce was second in the 800 meters in 2:18, and third in the 3200 meters in 11:48.
Eagle seconds included Dreckman's 12.94 clocking in the 100 meters, Schneider's 27.7 time in the 200 meters, and Taylor Hohbach's 86-10 discus throw.
Four MMC relay teams finished second, including the 4x200 of Dreckman, Mittlestadt, Amanda Hoefling, and Schneider timed in 1:52; the 4x800 of Reagan McDaniel, Carly Lehnhoff, Kayla Foresman, and Jeri Welp timed in 12:43; the 4x400 of Lehnhoff, Kelsey Sears, Foresman, and McDaniel timed in 4:58; and the 4x100 of Mittlestadt, McDermott, Hoefling, and Schneider timed in 53.5.
Fourths went to Lehnhoff's 1:11 time in the 400 meters; Hoefling's 28.4 time in the 200 meters; Christina Wilkens' 6:39 time in the 1500 meters; and the distance medley relay of Hoefling, Jalyn Doeden, McDermott, and Sears clocked in 5:08.
For the Aurelia girls, Shaina Thevenin was third in the long jump with a 15-3 1/4 leap, and third in the 100 meters in a time of 13.50. Ashley Anderson was second in the 100 hurdles in a time of 18.38. The Aurelia 4x200 relay was third in 1:57. No names were submitted for that relay team.
"It was a good meet to have for the Eagles, not perfect weather, but it was at home which is a big advantage mentally and physically," noted MMC coach Ric Collins. "Some people wanted better results, but scoring points for our team is why we have team trophies.
"All season the girls have given their best, and I'm sure they will on Friday at Districts."