The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 2, 2014

Sabers get the worm on chilly night

By Zach James Herald Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Running on an outdoor track can be hard to be acclimated to following an indoor track season.

Clinton, Central DeWitt and Camanche were three of five schools who braved the early spring Tuesday night.

DeWitt won the meet with 119 points, while Clinton finished in second place by turning in 93 points. Camanche finished third with 62 points.

“We feel pretty good about where we ended up tonight,” Clinton coach June Wilden said. “I think our kids are just now starting to figure it out, but for tonight being the first outdoor meet, it was a good meet.”

It was especially a good meet for Clinton distance runner Kim Kaster, who won the 3,200-meter run as well as in the 1,500.

“She had a really great night,” Wilden said. “It wasn’t a surprise those two stood out. They work hard in practice and get done what we want them to get done.”

Kaster also ran in the 800 run and 1,600 relay, so she had a busy night.

“It was a lot of races, and I just had to try my best,” Kaster said. “I try to take it one race at a time, and just focus on one race at a time as they come.”

Kaster took the lead near the end of the first lap during the 1,500 run, and once she passed Camanche’s Libby Schnoor, Kaster sailed past everyone else.

“I had a pretty good feel with the 1,500 being in the middle of the 800 and 3,200, and I wanted to see where the other girls were,” Kaster said. “Once I took the lead, I tried to go full-stride with it as much as I could.”

Kaster wasn’t the only River Queen who won an individual event at the Early Bird meet. Elle Tubbs had a 4-foot-10 leap in the high jump, and Erica Hammond won the shot put with a throw of 37-4.

While those three had a good night, so did DeWitt long jumper Sarah Schoel.

Sabers coach Eric Olson said: “She had five terrific jumps. It was really impressive to see her make five jumps that all were personal bests.”

Schoel’s best jump was 17-5. Schoel also won the 800 and was part of the 1,600 relay team that closed the night with a win.

Hailey Saunders, also from DeWitt, had a second-place jump of 15--5.

Abby Willis won in the discus competition with a 104-7 throw.

“Up and down, I thought we had a good night,” Olson said. “I was really impressed with our performance.”

DeWitt also took care of business on the track. Starting with the 3,200 relay, the quartet of Lauren O’Neill, Mikayla Coyle, Colleen Kinney and Brittney McNamara came across at 11:09. Then, the Sabers’ shuttle hurdle team of Adrian Templeton, Sam Barr, Saunders and Gretchen Henningsen finished a second ahead of Camanche’s team in 1:15.82.

Saunders and Henningsen went 1-2 in the 100 hurdles, while Indians sprinter Lexie Campie finished in third.

“Like one of my girls said tonight, ‘It was a great workout,’ “ Camanche coach Brenda Metzger said. “These girls are very young, and have a lot of learning to do, but we’re going to take it one meet at a time.”

“It was a hard night to get pumped up for with it being cold. It was a good first meet, and we’re going to count it as successful.”

Camanche brings back Schnoor, Jordan Nissen and Bailey Mensinger, a state qualifier in the 800 last year as a freshman.

Meanwhile, Olson expects the Sabers to finish strong and improve from wire-to-wire.

“We’re setting the bar high early, and our girls are buying into the idea that they can do anything they can set their minds to,” he said.

CLINTON EARLY BIRD RESULTS

Team standings

1. Central DeWitt 119, 2. Clinton 93; 3. Camanche 62; 4. Anamosa 52; 5. Davenport North 43.

Individual results

(Winners, Camanche, Central DeWitt, Clinton leaders)

Shot put — 1. Erica Hammond (Cli) 37-4.5; 2. Alayna Geronzin (Cli) 32-6.5; 3. Victoria McCary (Cam) 30-7.5; 4. Abby Willis (CD) 29-10; 5. Courtney Schnoor (Cam) 28-10.

Discus — 1. Willis (CD) 104-07; 2. Gerozin (Cli) 99-10; 3. Hammond (Cli) 94-09; 5. Schnoor (Cam) 78-01.

Long jump — 1. Sarah Schoel (CD) 17-05.5; 2. Hailey Saunders (CD) 15-05; 3. Jordan Goldbeck (Cam) 14-04; 5. Raven Jones (Cli) 14-03.5.

High jump — 1. Elle Tubbs (Cli) 4-10; 3. Sam Barr (CD) 4-8; 4. Mackenzie Ernst (Cli) 4-6.

3,000 meters — 1. Kim Kaster (Cli) 11:24.48; 2. Miah Betz (Cli) 12:41.39; 3. Kali Roling (CD) 13:16.51.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. DeWitt (Templeton, Barr, Saunders, Henningsen) 1:15.82; 2. Camanche 1:16.92.

3,200 relay — 1. DeWitt 11:09.07.

100 — 1. Tamika Tucker (DN) 13.02; 4. Jordan Nissen (Cam) 13.51; 5. Tubbs (Cli) 14.00.

Distance medley relay — 1. Clinton 5:07.84; 2. DeWitt 5:11.85.

400 — 1. McNamara (CD) 1:03.29; 4. Goldbeck (Cam) 1:14.58; 5. Nicole Goldensoph (CD) 1:15.01.

800 relay — 1. Anamosa 1:52.89; 2. Camanche 1:56.37; 3. Clinton 1:57.34; 4. DeWitt 2:00.44.

100 hurdles — 1. Saunders (CD) 17.12; 2. Henningsen (CD) 17.34; 3. Campie (Cam) 18.77; 5. Demi Edens (Cam) 19.95.

800 — 1. Schoel (CD) 2:31.66; 2. Kaster (Cli) 2:45.55; 3. Roling (CD) 2:53.46; 4. Alexis Namer (Cli) 2:54.57.

200 — 1. Tucker (DN) 26.67; 3. Burken (Cli) 29.27; 4. Haley Seitz (CD) 29.50; 5. Paige Edens (Cam) 30.82; 5. Megan Hoffmann (CAM) 30.82.

400 hurdles — 1. Templeton (CD) 1.17.30; 2. Brittany Paasch (Cam) 1:18.86; 3. Courtney Arndt (CD) 1:19.34; 4. Demi Edens (Cam) 1:23.31.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Clinton 2:04.37; 2. Camanche 2:06.09; 3. DeWitt 2:08.13.

1,500 — 1. Kaster (Cli) 5:26.23; 2. Libby Schnoor (Cam) 5:42.13; 3. MaKayla Coyle (CD) 5:48.46; 5. O’Neil (CD) 5:51.49.

400 relay — 1. Anamosa 53.65; 2. Clinton 54.74; 3. Camanche 55.49; 4. DeWitt 56.56.

1,600 relay — 1. DeWitt; 3. Clinton.