By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:
The West Delaware and Independence boys and girls track teams were in Charles City last night for their class 3A districts in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 state track and field meet next Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines. The West Delaware girls team automatically qualified three events as junior Jamie Glanz was the champion of the high jump as she cleared 5’0″ which was just two inches better than Independence junior Kaitlin Niedert who also qualified with her jump of 4’10”. Hawk junior Katelyn Mangold finished as the runner up in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.65 punching her ticket to the blue oval next week, and the 4×200 meter relay team of Sabrina Welcher, Kira Vaske, Lauren Collier, and Mangold qualified for state with their runner up time of 1:49.20. The girls 4×400 team of Sabrina Welcher, Kira Vaske, Lauren Collier, Katelyn Mangold, Jamie Glanz, and Abby Loecke also qualified with the 23rd best time in the state. Vaske, Collier, Welcher, Mangold, Glanz and Bridgett Hoffman also qualified in the 800 sprint medley. Hoffman qualified in the discus with the 18th best throw of 110-09;
West Delaware head coach Doug Engel was very pleased with the girls that qualified for state:
Engel says they will continue to work this next week in order to bring home some state medals:
The West Delaware boys will be sending two events to the state meet next week as senior Matt McMahon qualified in the 1600 meter run as he finished as the runner up with a time of 4:45.83, and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Cole Engel, Ryan Trainer, Caleb Kehrli, and Kaleb Sparks qualified as they finished in second place with a time of 1:00.75.
The Independence girls finished fourth in the team standings and will be advancing five events to state track. Senior Sarah VanDeWalle was second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.16, freshman Kaylee Hosch was the champion of the long jump with a leap of 16’05 3/4″, along with Kaitlin Niedert in the high jump. The Mustang 4×400 meter relay team of Hosch, Niedert, Jenna Price, and Mackenzie Hupke were runners up with a time of 4:06.40, and the sprint medley relay team of VanDeWalle, Niedert, Price and Izzy Dunlap also finished second with a time of 1:54.63.
For the Independence boys it was freshman Ryan Peyton qualifying in four wheelchair events as he won the shot put with a toss of 18’5 1/4″, the 100 meters in 21 seconds even, the 200 meters in 42.86, and the 400 meters in 1:27.89.
- Vinton-Shellsburg-156 1/2
- Decorah-128 1/2
- Center Point-Urbana-100 1/2
- Waverly-Shell Rock-81
- West Delaware-65 1/2
- Charles City-63
- Charles City-101 1/2
- Waverly-Shell Rock-101
- Center Point-Urbana-76
- West Delaware-74
- Crestwood-41 1/2
The additional qualifiers as well as the results of all the district meets from around the state are scheduled to be posted later today.
In boys soccer last night West Delaware traveled to Decorah and fell to the 13th ranked Vikings 2-0. Both the Hawk boys and girls will travel to Benton Community tonight the girls will get underway at 4:00 pm with the boys game to follow at around 5:45.
Boys golf sectionals take place around the state today as West Delaware along with Independence will be in Decorah for a 10:00 am start from Oneota Golf and Country Club. For a full list of sectional golf sites click HERE.