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By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Good things happen in final regular season meets

New girls' 400 meter dash school record established

 

May 13, 2021

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Madison Otto and a South O'Brien competitor work for position during the 1500 meter run at the WEC meet. She placed fourth in the race.

A school record was among the highlights of performances last week by the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls' track and field team. The Hawks hosted the War Eagle Conference meet on May 3 and traveled to Paullina on May 6 for the South O'Brien Wolverine Relays.

At the War Eagle meet, Jasmine Lux broke the school record in the 400 meter dash. She ran 1:00.57, which broke the previous record of 1:00.86 by Shanna Vetter. Although Lux finished third in the race, it was an extremely competitive field, according to Hawk coach Nicole Dorhout.

"This was a great race," Dorhout said. "Jasmine was running against two quality sprinters who also ran great times. It was fun to watch."

The sprint medley team of Anna Vander Veen, Emily Mutombo, Abby Otto and Lux finished second (1:58.85) behind a very good team from Unity Christian.

"This relay has been our most consistent relay event this year," Dorhout said. "We continue to improve on it."

Other place winners at the conference meet included Madison Otto, who was third in the

3,000 meter run (12:25.73) and fourth in the 1,500 meter run (5:40.59). Lux added a fifth-place finish in the 200 meter dash (:27.33), and Vander Veen was sixth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:18.69).

The 4x100 relay team of Vander Veen, Mutombo, Abby Otto and Lux placed fourth (:55.02). The 4x200 team also placed fourth (1:57.28). Members of that relay were Vander Veen, Lydia Harders, Emily Otto and Abby Otto. The 4x800 team of Jocelyn Abonce, Kayla Kathman, Kya Christopherson and Haley Grotluschen added a sixth-place finish (13:24.32).

Unity Christian won the War Eagle Conference girls' track and field championship with 174 points. South O'Brien finished second with 128, followed by Hinton 90, Gehlen Catholic 68, H-M-S in fifth with 36, Remsen St. Mary's 31, MMCRU 22, Akron-Westfield 17, West Sioux 14 and Trinity Christian 6.

At the Wolverine Relays, Lux was the champion of the 400 meter dash, running 1:00.99. Harders was the runner-up in the 200 meter dash (:28.73). Madison Otto finished third in the 3,000 meter run (12:26.29) and fourth in the 1,500 (5:47.20).

Emily Otto was sixth in the 100 meter dash (:14.94) and the 400 meter dash (1:11.40). Abby Otto was sixth in the 200 meter dash (:29.76). Vander Veen placed sixth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:16.56).

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Emily Mutombo gets out to a fast start for the second leg of the sprint medley relay at the conference meet in Hartley.

The 4x100 team (Mutombo, Harders, Abby Otto and Lux) finished third (:54.13). Also in third were the 4x200 team of Mutombo, Vander Veen, Harders and Abby Otto (1:59.47) and the sprint medley team of Mutombo, Vander Veen, Abby Otto and Lux (1:58.23).

Unity Christian also dominated the field of the Wolverine Relays, winning the girls' title with 184 points. South O'Brien was runner-up with 133, followed by Sioux Central 130, Alta-Aurelia 62 and H-M-S 50.

Junior varsity place finishers from H-M-S were Alexa Reed-Clancy in the 100 (seventh, :17.01), the 4x200 relay (third, 2:23.29), the 4x100 relay (fourth, 1:06.32) and the sprint medley relay (fourth, 2:26.65).

The Hawks are now preparing for the state qualifying meet on Thursday, May 13 at Lawton-Bronson. Dorhout said that some bright spots have been emerging.

"I'm looking forward to Thursday's meet because there are some good things happening," she said. "It will be exciting from now until the end of the season."

 
 

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