PELLA — The Prairie City-Monroe and Baxter track and field teams gave fans a first-look at their 2018 rosters at the Pekin Indoor meet on Friday. All four programs left Central College with at least one victory.
The PCM boys showed off its depth in the sprints, while the Mustang girls once again proved they’ll be competitive in relays. For Baxter, senior Sailor Hinegardner and junior Will Clapper look primed for big years after combining to win three events.
All three of the wins by the PCM boys came in sprint relay events. The Mustangs also got second-place finishes by junior Cole Dustin in the 55-meter hurdles and junior Payton Strovers in the long jump.
Dustin and Strovers helped the Mustangs win the California Mile in 3 minutes, 22.89 seconds. Joining them on the eight-member relay team were senior Noah Anderson, juniors Wes Cummings, Jarron Trausch and Preston Van Wyk and freshmen Connor Bennett and Jacob Van Winkle.
The PCM boys, who were missing 14 athletes due to spring break, also won the 4x200 and 55-meter shuttle relay.
The foursome of Strovers, Cummings, Van Wyk and Anderson won the 4x200 in 1:37.65, and Strovers, Dustin, Van Wyk and Anderson won the shuttle relay in 26.89 seconds.
The 4x400 relay team of Cummings, Van Winkle, Anderson and Van Wyk finished second in the 4x400 in 3:52.08.
Dustin’s second-place finish in the 55 hurdles was clocked at 8.72. Junior Nick Buswell was fifth in the event with a time of 9.27.
Strovers was the runner-up in the long jump. His best leap was marked at 20 feet, one-half inch.
The PCM girls’ lone win came in the distance medley. The foursome of sophomore Kate McCarthy, senior Baylee Smith and juniors Paytan Schut and Kirstin Ives won the race in 14:54. Ives rallied her team with a strong anchor leg.
The Mustang girls were second in the 4x400 and third in the 4x200. The 4x400 relay team of Schut, McCarthy, sophomore Ashley Miller and sophomore Hannah McCarthy finished in 4:28.50.
The 4x200 team finished in 2:01.20, and that foursome included freshman Margo Chipps, senior Ashley Miller, sophomore Meghan Kinnamon and Hannah McCarthy.
The PCM girls, who were missing 12 athletes, grabbed four fourth-place finishes.
In the 4x800, the Mustang girls’ team of Smith, sophomore Sayde White and freshmen Emily Tuinstra and Kiara Landon was fourth with a time of 12:24.09.
The California Mile group finished fourth in 4:13.59.The team of eight runners included Hannah McCarthy, Miller, Chipps, Kinnamon, junior Rachel Jorgensen, sophomore Megan Cowman and freshmen Celeste Wagaman and Jaslyn Jones.
Wagaman was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. She was one of three jumpers to hit that height but dropped to third on most misses.
Cowman was fourth in the 55 hurdles as she finished in 10.2.
One of the runners who came in ahead of Cowman in the 55 hurdles was Baxter’s Hinegardner. She won the race in 9.41 seconds.
Hinegardner won the long jump with a career-best leap of 16-2. That would have placed her fifth in last year’s Class 1A state meet.
The next best finishes for the Baxter girls, who were also missing athletes, came in the shot put and 4x800 relay. The shuttle hurdle relay, shuttle relay and distance medley relay were all fourth.
Junior Kaylin Van Ryswyk was third in the shot put. Her best throw was 32-3 1/4.
The 4x800 relay team of freshman Kailee Conradi, senior Ashlee Johnson, sophomore Holly Jessen and junior Lauren Ratliff finished third in 11:49.27.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of senior Mary Schabilion, junior Avery Backus, senior Jordynn Wesselink and Hinegardner placed fourth in 44.7.
The shuttle relay team of Wesselink, sophomore Rachel Kenney, Schsabilion and sophomore Emily Nation was fourth in 32.62.
The final fourth-place finish came in the distance medley relay and that team of Ratliff, Johnson, junior Brenna Thomson and Jessen finished in 15:21.16.
Clapper had success in the boys’ shot put. He won the event with a toss of 51-6 1/2, which would have placed fourth at last year’s 1A state meet.
The Bolt boys went 4-5 in the long jump and three relay teams were fifth.
Seniors Travis Lindemoen and Devin Carson placed fourth and fifth in the long jump, respectively. Lindemoen’s best jump was 18-2 1/2 and Carson was marked at 17-10 1/2.
The 4x800 relay team of juniors Josh Bruntz and Ian Thomson and sophomores Logan Berg and Cole Damman finished fifth in 9:40.
The distance medley relay team placed fifth. That foursome included Bruntz, Thomson, Berg and junior Ben Huff and they finished 12:57.
The final fifth-place relay came in the 55 shuttle relay. The foursome of Lindemoen, Carson and seniors Brady Geilenfeldt and Joe Keeling finished in 27.95.