Mount Vernon-Lisbon creeps closer in 3A

Mount Vernon-Lisbon distance medley relay members celebrate their Class 3A title Friday at Drake Stadium. (Photo by Brian Ray)

Mount Vernon-Lisbon distance medley relay members celebrate their Class 3A title Friday at Drake Stadium. (Photo by Brian Ray)

DES MOINES — It’s still a deficit. But it seems a little more manageable.

Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the distance medley relay, finished second in two events and crept closer to Dubuque Wahlert in the Class 3A girls’ standings at the state track meet Friday at Drake Stadium.

Wahlert has 51 points heading into Saturday’s final slate, which consists of nine events. Mount Vernon-Lisbon has 42 1/4.

“I think we have a good chance,” said Courtney Kintzel, who ran on a pair of relays that scored big. “We’ve got the sprint medley relay right off the bat (Saturday), and a lot of other events that should score well.”

It’s pretty apparent that this is a two-horse race. MV-L edged Wahlert in the distance medley, then Wahlert returned the favor in the 800-meter relay. Holly Salzbrenner gave Mount Vernon-Lisbon a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles.

“We’re all here for the team score,” said Karly Cochrane, the distance medley anchor. “To beat the team that we’re competing with head-to-head, that makes the victory all the better.”

Shelby Kintzel and Courtney Kintzel ran the first two legs for Mount Vernon-Lisbon, then Kristin Canning put Cochrane in good position with a 59.6-second leg. Cochrane finished in 2:15.2.

“I’m just learning how to run 400s, and I really like them,” said Canning, who has extended her range from the sprints. “In the sprints, you don’t have time to think. In the longer distances, you have to make the choice whether you want to run hard or not.”

Oelwein's Tashina McAllister (right) was the 3A girls' 400-meter hurdles champion. Holly Salzbrenner of Mount Vernon-Lisbon (left) was second, Kelsey Labs of Marion third. (Photo by Brian Ray)

Oelwein's Tashina McAllister (right) was the 3A girls' 400-meter hurdles champion. Holly Salzbrenner of Mount Vernon-Lisbon (left) was second, Kelsey Labs of Marion third. (Photo by Brian Ray)

Oelwein’s Tashina McAllister repeated as the 400-meter hurdles champ, finishing in 1:04.62. Salzbrenner and Marion’s Kelsey Labs were 2-3 in 1:05.30 and 1:05.81.

“I feel great. I’m proud of myself,” McAllister said. “When you’re a champion, you get to defend your title. It puts a lot of pressure on you.

“The crowd gives me a lot of adrenalin to do good in front of a lot of people.”

Williamsburg’s Rachel Curry followed Thursday’s discus title with a second-place effort behind Pella’s Brooke Gritters in the shot put.  

 Curry moved from third to second with a final throw of 42-5 3/4.

“(This week) has been really nice,” Curry said. “I had my best week of practice this week.”

RESULTS

Team leaders (through 10 events) – 1. Dubuque Wahlert 51, 2. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 42 1/4, 3. Pella 31, 4. Benton Community 29, 5. (tie) Atlantic and Williamsburg 25.

Shot put – 1. Brooke Gritters (Pella), 45-4 1/2; 2. Rachel Curry (Williamsburg), 42-5 3/4; 3. Kaitlin Kromminga (Benton Community), 41-9.

Distance medley relay – 1. Mount Vernon-Lisbon, 4:08.31; 2. Dubuque Wahlert, 4:12.34; 3. Grinnell, 4:12.38; 6. Anamosa, 4:19.48; 8. Decorah, 4:21.18.

400 hurdles – 1. Tashina McAllister (Oelwein), 1:04.62; 2. Holly Salzbrenner (Mount Vernon-Lisbon), 1:05.30; 3. Kelsey Labs (Marion), 1:05.81; 4. Molly Rinderknecht (Benton Community), 1:06.91; 7. Laura Krug (Union), 1:07.76.

800 relay – 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:45.07; 2. Mount Vernon-Lisbon, 1:45.78; 3. Benton Community, 1:46.15.

Long jump – 1. Anna Wernimont (Atlantic), 17-9 1/2; 2. Katie Blum (Storm Lake), 17-5 3/4; 3. Emmy Thompson (Benton Community), 17-2 3/4; 7. Kayla Sanborn (Anamosa), 16-3; 8. Breanna Zimmerman (Williamsburg), 15-11 1/2.

Boys state track at Scott Dochterman’s blog.

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