DEWITT — They finally got a nice day for a track meet, and the Camanche girls continued to look strong with a third-place finish behind a pair of Class 4A schools Monday at the Pam Duncan Invitational at Central DeWitt High School.

"We have strong field events, and our freshmen who have come in have grown the team even more," said Camanche's Libby Schnoor, who won the high jump competition moments after taking second in the 800 meters.

She said the running preliminary helped her in the high jump, where she cleared 4 feet, 10 inches on her first attempt. Central DeWitt's Sam Barr, who took second, and Camanche teammate Courtney Sowle, who was third, each needed all three attempts to clear 4-10, and none of the three cleared 5-0.

"My legs were more warmed up but tired, too," Schnoor said. "I just wanted to get it done."

Both Barr and Sowle also had to squeeze the event in between races.

"It's really rushed," Barr said of the high jump competition. "I feel I can't do really well because I'm really rushed. Consistency is the big thing. To get back in the zone is hard. I feel I can do much better."

Sowle finished her jumps moments after winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 7.24 seconds. It was the Indians' lone victory on the track.

"It's such a nice day, I figured maybe this would be the one," she said of her race, which was .24 slower than her best time this season. "I ran the best I could and tried not to stutter. The wind was hard down the homestretch, but that's when you've got to push through."

The Indians finished with 78 points, scoring 30 of them in the field events. Camanche, a Class 2A school, finished behind only Davenport Central (116 points) and Western Dubuque (93) in the 10-team meet.

"Third is not bad with the big schools," Schnoor said. "I'm feeling a lot better for districts now. It really helps having new competition we don't see."

Northeast claimed fourth place with 72 points, and coach Pat Healy saw some good signs.

"Our relays are looking good today," he said. "We're getting nice times; that was our second best in the four-by-2(00)."

The Rebels won the 800 relay in 1:50.53. Tierra Hildebrandt flew past several runners and to the front with her third-leg split of 27.3 seconds, then Danae Diedrich widened the margin over runner-up Camanche with a 26.57 split on the anchor leg.

"We can make up a lot of ground right there," Healy said. "Throw in (freshman Aleenah) Marcucci, and we're real good."

Clinton placed sixth with 58 points, but coach June Wilden gave the performance mixed reviews.

"It was a Monday, and I thought the kids really looked sluggish," she said. "We have to step off the bus ready to go.

"The freshmen are starting to figure it, but they will have to be faster in the next couple of weeks."

The River Queens picked up one victory. McKenzie Petersen, Shelby Weets, Erin Wenzel and Elle Tubbs won the 3,200 relay in 10:20.90, their fastest time of the season.

"We're coming together, we've just got to know our places and where everybody is going to run," Wenzel said of the River Queens' performance. "We dropped about five seconds in the four-by-4(00) but have to make bigger strides."

Central DeWitt, the host school, finished seventh with 50 points.

Sarah Schoel won the long jump for the Sabers at 15-7, and the foursome of Emily Hawkins, Cori Peterzalek, Gretchen Henningsen and Barr won the 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay with a season's-best effort of 1:10.02, a top-six time in Class 3A this spring.

"We really look good this year," Barr said. "The way we ended last year is how we started this year. I feel good. It helps to run against faster people; they push you along, and it really shows in the shuttle."


Team standings

1. Davenport Central 116; 2. Western Dubuque 93; 3. Camanche 78; 4. Northeast 72; 5. Davenport North 64; 6. Clinton 58; 7. Central DeWitt 50; 8. Pleasant Valley 50; 9. Maquoketa 14; 10. Wilton 13. Scoring: 10-8-6-4-2-1

Individual results

(Winners, area scorers)

High jump — 1. Libby Schnoor (Cam) 4-10; 2. Sam Barr (CD) 4-10; 3. Courtney Sowle (Cam) 4-10; 5. Mackenzie Ernst (Clin) 4-8.

Long jump — 1. Sara Schoel (CD) 15-7; 3. Sydney Grell (Cam) 15-4.5; 5. Hailey Saunders (CD) 14-9.5.

Discus — 1. Brianna Nash (DC) 120-1; 2. Kiana Turner (Cam) 110-6; 3. Alyana Geronzin (Clin) 108-2; 5. Erika Hammond (Clin) 99-2.

Shot put — 1. Maddie McComber (PV) 37-1; 4. Hammond (Clin) 33-3.

3,000 meters — 1. Dakota Tell (WD) 11:42.65; 2. Kim Kaster (Clin) 11.49.76; 3. Kaitlyn Riley (NE) 11:54.58; 4. Emily Franks (NE) 11:59.25; 5. Mikayla Coyle (CD) 12:27.05.

3,200 relay — 1. Clinton (McKenzie Petersen, Shelby Weets, Erin Wenzel, Elle Tubbs) 10:20.90; 2. Central DeWitt 10:25.69.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Central DeWitt (Emily Hawkins, Cori Peterzalek, Gretchen Henningsen, Sam Barr) 1:10.02; 5. Northeast 1:21.90.

100 — 1. Tamika Tucker (DN) 13.34; 3. Tierra Hildebrandt (NE) 13.72; 4. Danae Diedrich (NE) 13.77; 5. Aubree Taylor (Maq) 14.02.

Distance medley relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Raegan Hoefler, Michelle Fagerlind, Megan Maahs, Brette Correy) 4:25.10; 2. Camanche 4:28.95; 6. Clinton 4:53.53.

400 — 1. Alisha Jones (DN) 57.84; 2. Wenzel (Clin) 1:01.28.

800 relay — 1. Northeast (Alyssa Roth, Aleenah Marcucci, Hildebrandt, Diedrich) 1:50.53; 2. Camanche 1:51.92; 3. Maquoketa 1:53.17.

100 hurdles — 1. Tadaisha Thornton (DC) 16.25; 3. Marcucci (NE) 16.56; 4. Barr (CD) 17.00; 6. Henningsen (CD) 17.38.

800 — 1. Correy (WD) 2:22.74; 2. Schnoor (Cam) 2:24.89; 3. Wenzel (Clin) 2:27.16; 4. Bailey Mensinger (Cam) 2:31.25; 4. Hannah Kilburg (NE) 2:33.94.

200 — 1. A. Jones (DN) 26.65; 3. Diedrich (NE) 27.63; 4. Rylee Dickey (NE) 28.95; 5. Allison Vandemore (Maq) 29.19; 6. Raven Jones (Clin) 29.48.

400 hurdles — 1. Sowle (Cam) 1:07.24.

800 sprint medley relay — 1. North (Pauline Wyatt, Krystal Pollard, Tucker, A. Jones) 1:52.29; 2. Northeast 1:58.14; 6. Central DeWitt 2:05.60.

1,500 — 1. Tell (WD) 5:19.70; 2. Kilburg (NE) 5:23.27; 3. Kaster (Clin) 5:27.45; 5. Alexis Namer (Clin) 5:31.03; 6. Coyle (CD) 5:35.70.

400 relay — 1. Central (Michaela Duvall, Thornton, Gabi George, JaQuoia Lindsey) 51.99; 3. Northeast 52.38; 4. Camanche 53.09; 5. Central DeWitt 54.61.

1,600 relay — 1. North (Takora Cuevas, Tucker, Pollard, A. Jones) 4:10.51; 3. Camanche 4:15.81; 4. Maquoketa 4:17.22; 5. Clinton 4:17.45; 6. Central DeWitt 4:28.61.

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