The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

May 2, 2014

Kaster, Hammond lead way for CHS

BETTENDORF — Clinton crowned three champions in the A Division and one each in the B and C classes Thursday to highlight its day at the Bettendorf A-B-C girls track and field meet.

Each team has one entry in each division, with the point values highest for the A Division and lowest for C. The River Queens finished fourth in A, fifth in B and third in C in the seven-team event.

Kim Kaster was a double winner in the distance races for Clinton. She won the 1,500 in 5 minutes, 19.28 seconds, finishing 1.76 seconds ahead of runner-up Sydney Spranger of Bettendorf. Kaster also won the 3,000 in 11:21.33, which was more than a minute ahead of runner-up Lydia Benda of Dubuque Wahlert.

Erika Hammond threw a career-best 40 feet, 8 inches to win the shot put and took third in the discus at 110-10. Teammate Alayna Geronzin was second in both B throws.

Elle Tubbs was the runner-up in A Division high jump, clearing 5-0, while teammate McKenzie Ernst won the B title at 4-10.

Erin Wenzel took second in the A 800 (2:31.40) and fourth in the 400 (1:04.76).

Clinton’s Clarisma Irving won the C Division 200 in 29.78.

Rebels runners-up

CASCADE — Tierra Hildebrandt and Aleenah Marcucci were individual double winners for Northeast, leading the Rebels to a second-place finish Thursday in the girls division of the Cascade Coed Invitational track and field meet.

Host Cascade, which won 11 events, won the team title with 164 points. Northeast scored 104.5.

Hildebrandt and Marcucci finished 1-2 in the 100, with Hildebrandt winning by seven-hundredths of a second in 13.07. Hildebrandt also won the 200 in 27.30.

Marcucci swept the hurdles, winning the 100 by more than 1 second in 15.36 and the 400 in 1:07.29, her best time this season by .29.

The Rebels also got a first-place finish from Brenna Seeser, who threw 35 feet, 1.25 inches in the shot put.

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