MARCUS - The strong Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls' track squad of veteran Coach Ric Collins stormed to a victory on their home track here Tuesday, winning the Girls' half of the Heartland Co-Ed Relays, scoring 177 points to runner-up Hinton's 132.
MMC's first-place finishes included and a venue-record time of 51.97 in the 4 x 100 relay, and individual triumphs in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively, by two of the relay team members, Erica Dreckman in the 100 (13.11) and Ashley Schneider in the 200 (27.91). MMC also won the sprint medley relay with their time of 1:55.64.
The Lady Eagles' Brandi Orr and Tayor Hohbach finished 1-2 in he discus, throwing 98-10 and 88-7, respectively. Hohbach also finished third in the shot put (28-7) and Orr was fifth (27-9). Anna Wilcox of MMC finished second to West Sioux's Madi Musilek in both the 1500 and 3000 meters. Wilcox' times were 6:18.22 in the 1500 and 13:21.89 in the 3000.
Other placings for MMC included Miki Kinjo, fourth in the long jump (13-7 1/2); Monica DeLaCruz, fourth in the 3000 meters (14:07.92); Mallory Roseen, sixth in the 100 hurdles (21.02); Jena Mittelstadt, third in the 100 meters (13.26); Roseen third (1:27.24) and Jeri Welp fourth (1:27.46) in the 400 hurdles; Amanda Hoefling. third in the 200 meters (29.42); Kayla Foresman, second (1:10.56) and Maria LaPointe fourth (1:11.56) in the 400 meters; and Sarah Bird, third (2:41.45) and Kelsey Sears sixth (3:01.37) in the 800 meters. Other MMC relays finishes included second in the distance medley (4:51.05) and second in the 4 x 400 (4:38.22).
MMC Coach Collins said it was "a great meet" for his team, and that winning the meet was very special for MMC seniors Ashley Schneider, Jena Mittelstadt, Rachel McDermott and Taylor Hohbach. Collins was especially happy to see his team finish ahead of Hinton for the first time all season, and noted that "it took every member to score on a very cold night in May" to meet the team and individual goals.
Collins noted that "Attitude is very important, and we made every event count and even had season bests" on Tuesday.
Collins said that the team members "plan to take this confidence to Laurens for our District Meet (Friday), to reach our goals and get to State."
The Aurelia girls also had some excellent performances Tuesday night, led by junior Audrey Winterhof, who won the 800 meters with her time of 2:37.30. Winterhof also placed second in the 100 meters (13.25). The Bulldogs' Ashley Anderson took third in the high jump with her leap of 4-10 and was also third in the 100 hurdles, with her time of 18.22.
Stephanie Stange finished third in the 3000 meters, in a time of 13:55.95; Shaina Thevenin finished fifth in the long jump (13-6 1/2) and sixth in the 200 (30.33); Meghan Glawe was sixth in the long jump (13-5 1/2) and the Bulldog 4 x 400 relay team of Thevenin, Glawe, Stange and Erin Laursen finished fourth, in a time of 4:56.58.