3A teams rule Xavier Invite

CEDAR RAPIDS — The two smallest schools provided the two best teams at the Cedar Rapids Xavier Invitational girls’ track meet.

Dubuque Wahlert and Benton Community, the only two Class 3A schools in the eight-team field, stood atop the team standings last night at Saints Field. Wahlert won it with 125 points; Benton was next with 97.

“We came here for the competition,” said Benton’s Molly Rinderknecht, who led a 1-2 Benton sweep in the 400-meter hurdles. “We didn’t expect to be up at the top. I’m really surprised with how we did.”

It was the first time since 2006 that the meet was completed. Inclement weather claimed it in 2007 and 2008.

Molly Rinderknecht, Benton Community

Molly Rinderknecht, Benton Community

Benton lost sprinting ace Callan Jacobson to graduation after winning back-to-back 3A state titles in 2007 and 2008. But there are still some weapons and some depth in the perennially strong program.

“We’ll have to switch our lineup around a little to get a steady team, but I think we’ll show people that we still have something,” Rinderknecht said.

Wahlert won behind its distance and throwing prowess. The Golden Eagles capped an impressive performance by winning the 1,600-meter relay in 4:05.50, the only meet record of the night. Wahlert won seven events.

Rinderknecht and Abbie Prusha swept the top two spots in the 400 hurdles. Rinderknecht was timed in 1:11.28, Prusha in 1:11.94.

“I was out in an outside lane, so I couldn’t see anybody,” Rinderknecht said. “I didn’t know if I was going out too fast … I went out and ran as fast as I could.”

Emmy Thompson was Benton’s other champ, claiming the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9 3/4 inches.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Xavier traded wins in the sprint relays. The Cougars edged the Saints by 5-hundredths of a second in the 800-meter relay, prevailing in 1:49.85.

But the Saints got even — decisively — in the 400-meter relay. Kate Steingreaber, Erin Lynch, Aubrey Lindgren and Hannah Breitbach were clocked in 50.69 seconds.

“That’s great,” Breitbach said. “We were in the high 52s at the ISU Indoor, and we didn’t run very well (Tuesday at Iowa City High). We hoped we would improve tonight.

“I think our 4-by-1 can go really far. We didn’t lose any sprinters from last year’s team.”

Steingreaber won a 100-meter dash in which the top five runners finished within two-tenths of a second of each other. The Saints also captured the sprint medley relay.

Other Metro champions were Kristen Huebsch of Kennedy (high jump) and Linn-Mar’s Carolyn Newhouse (1,500).

Team standings

1. Dubuque Wahlert 125, 2. Benton Community 97, 3. (tie) Cedar Falls and Dubuque Senior 81, 5. C.R. Kennedy 72, 6. C.R. Xavier 70, 7. Linn-Mar 60, 8. Waterloo East 2.

Results

High jump — 1. Huebsch (CRK), 5-1; 2. Till (DW), 5-0; 3. (tie) Rinderknecht (BC) and Thill (DS), 4-8; Long jump — 1. Thompson (BC), 16-9 3/4; 2. Nessan (DS), 16-2 1/2; 3. Thayer (LM), 16-0; Discus — 1. May (DW), 118-5; 2. Piche (LM), 113-1; 3. Schmidt (BC), 106-6; Shot put — 1. Reimer (DW), 36-3; 2. Kromminga (BC), 35-6 1/2; 3. Schmidt (BC), 32-1 1/2.

3,000 — 1. Rusch (DW), 11:30.75; 2. Kascel (LM), 11:39.20; 3. Klein (DS), 11:41.87; 3,200 relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 10:01.47; 2. Cedar Falls, 10:18.24; 3. Benton Community, 10:28.03. Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Cedar Falls, 1:12.43; 2. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:13.15; 3. Dubuque Senior, 1:16.56; 100 — 1. Steingreaber (CRX), 12.71; 2. Lichty (CRK), 12.75; 3. Nessan (DS), 12.85; Distance medley relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 4:31.47; 2. Dubuque Senior, 4:31.71; 3. Cedar Falls, 4:37.73; 400 — 1. Francois (DS), 1:03.07; 2. Burkle (LM), 1:04.50; 3. Till (DW), 1:04.53; 800 relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy, 1:49.85; 2. C.R. Xavier, 1:49.90; 3. Cedar Falls, 1:50.45; 100 hurdles — 1. Nessan (DS), 16.44; 2. Snitker (BC), 16.60; 3. Welsh (CRK), 16.88; 800 — 1. Perry (DW), 2:30.03; 2. Hersom (CF), 2:31.49; 3. Rusch (DW), 2:34.55; 200 — 1. Francois (DS), 27.02; 2. Schatzle (CRK), 27.41; 3. McCright (LM), 27.44; 400 hurdles — 1. Rinderknecht (BC), 1:11.28; 2. Prusha (BC), 1:11.94; 3. (tie) Dietzel (DW) and Hanson (CRX), 1:13.45; Sprint medley relay — 1. C.R. Xavier, 1:52.52; 2. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:53.46; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 2:02.37; 1,500 — 1. Newhouse (LM), 5:11.91; 2. Savage (CF), 5:15.46; 3. Strike (CF), 5:18.79; 400 relay — 1. C.R. Xavier, 50.69; 2. C.R. Kennedy, 52.30; 3. Dubuque Wahlert, 52.41; 1,600 relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 4:05.50*; 2. C.R. Xavier, 4:10.78; 3. Benton Community, 4:17.49.

*meet record

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