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Drake on the horizon

Hammond sets meet record in the shot put

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CLINTON — Elle Tubbs was disappointed Tuesday night that she didn’t get to qualify for the Drake Relays in the high jump during the River Queen Invitational.

Clinton’s Tubbs finished tied for fourth in the event with a jump of 4 feet, 8 inches, 4 inches short of the Drake cutoff at 5-2. When the initial cutoff distances and times were released this weekend, Tubbs, a junior at Clinton, tweeted that this week was a crucial one to qualify.

“I’m definitely disappointed in myself,” Tubbs said. “I expected myself to jump a lot better than I did. It’s definitely disappointing, but I have one more chance to qualify on Thursday.”

Tubbs is close to the qualifying level, as she jumped 5-0 last week at Pleasant Valley.

“I think I came in tonight overthinking it, thinking that I would qualify tonight,” Tubbs said. “Just working hard toward getting to Drake, I think I overlooked things. I definitely have put a lot of pressure on myself, and I think that was another problem tonight, too. I put myself in a position that I shouldn’t have.” 

Tubbs has committed to play volleyball at Drake after graduating.

Meanwhile, Sydney Laufenberg and Erika Hammond have had throws in both the discus and shot put good enough to qualify for Drake in Des Moines on April 23-25.

Hammond broke the meet record in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 11 inches. That throw was 4-plus-feet longer than the Class A runner-up (41-10) from Dubuque Wahlert’s Maddie Niles. 

The old record belonged to Leann Boerema, who threw the shot 44 feet, 10 inches in 1998. 

“I was just aiming for 44 feet,” Hammond said. “I didn’t expect to almost throw 46 feet.” 

Hammond now owns the state’s second-longest throw behind Solon’s Shelby Gunnells (46-3.50).

Laufenberg’s third-place throw of 40-4 was good enough to qualify her for Drake. She is in the top 15 among Iowa throwers with the qualifying throw Tuesday.

“That was my goal for today,” Laufenberg, a Prince of Peace transfer, said of qualifying for Drake. “I was looking at it, and I knew last year’s were in the upper-38s, and I knew if I could get to that point, I should make it. After I threw my 39, I just knew that I could hit 40. I’ve been thinking about qualifying during every track meet so far this year.”

Niles, however, broke the discus meet record that stood for nine years. Niles threw the discus 149-3.5 to break Elise Nylin’s throw of 134-1.

Niles has the state’s second-longest throw behind Kingsley-Pierson’s Kiana Phelps (162-10).

Clinton’s 800-meter relay team won Tuesday in 1:15.26. The quartet involved in the victory was Olivia Calvin, Carlie Taylor, Tubbs and Raven Jones.

“We’re really close to qualifying in that, and I’m very positive we can qualify in that on Thursday,” Tubbs said.

RIVER QUEEN INVITATIONAL

CLASS A

Team standings

1. Bettendorf 146; 2. Dubuque Wahlert 145; 3. North Scott 110; 4. Moline 106; 5. Clinton 85.5; 6. Pleasant Valley 54; 7. Iowa City, City High 39.5; 8. Davenport West 23.

Individual results

(Winner, Clinton results)

3,000 meter dash — 1. Maddie Case (North Scott) 10:58.53; 2. Kim Kaster (Clinton) 11:00.72.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Bettendorf 1:10.67.

100 — 1. Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf) 12.86.

800 relay — 1. Clinton (Olivia Calvin, Carlie Taylor, Elle Tubbs, Raven Jones) 1:15.26.

800 — 1. Abby Sears (Bett) 2:28.91; 7. Jessica Riojas (Clinton) 2:36.20.

400 hurdles — 1. Grace Herber (Dubuque Wahlert) 1:09.87; 3. Paiton Schultheis (Clinton) 1:12.26; 6. Alexis Namer (Clinton) 1:16.59.

1,500 — 1. Haley Humphrey (Bett) 4:56.40; 4. Kaster (Clinton) 5:13.26.

1,600 relay — 1. Bettendorf 4:07.37; 5. Clinton (Namer, Riojas, Samantha Wohlstader, Schultheis) 4:31.82.

3,200 relay — 1. Wahlert 9:46.40.

Distance medley relay — 1. Moline 4:31.05; 3. Clinton (Shalaya Austin, Madison Eberhart, Namer, Riojas) 4:41.86.

400 — 1. Madison (Moline) 1:03.64.

100 hurdles — 1. Erica Loussaert (North Scott) 16.23.

200 — 1. Katy Fricano (Wahlert) 26.79.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Wahlert 1:50.86; 7. Clinton (Austin, Calvin, Eberhart, Tinderholt) 2:16.76.

400 relay — 1. Wahlert 50.33; 4. Clinton (Calvin, Taylor, Tubbs, Jones) 54.05.

Discus — 1. Maddie Niles (Wahlert) 149-3.5; 3. Erika Hammond (Clinton) 126-5; 5. Sydney Laufenberg (Clinton) 11-7.5.

Shot put — 1. Hammond (Clinton) 45-11; 3. Laufenberg (Clinton) 40-4.

Long jump — 1. Haley Cook (Moline) 17-00; 5. Jones (Clinton) 15-9.5.

High jump — 1. Annie Brown (PV) 5-0; 4. Tubbs (Clinton) 4-8.

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