The Ottumwa Courier


April 23, 2013

Pekin beats out Davis County at Van Buren Invite

KEOSAUQUA — KEOSAUQUA — The Pekin girls track and field team continued its winning ways by capturing first place at the Van Buren Invitational Monday, edging second-place Davis County by 14 points with a collective score of 153.

The Panthers final tally was buoyed by individual performances by Samantha and Gwynne Wright. Gwynne blazed to a first-place finish in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:04.37 and Samantha took first in the 400-meter hurdles with 1:12.02.  Pekin also was bolstered by its dominance in relay races. The Panthers claimed first place in the 4x800 (10:16.10), the distance medley (4:26.97), the 4x400 (4:24.75) and the 4x100 (55.30).

In addition, Taylor Lock zoomed to a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters, as he completed the race in 11:27.97, Monica Cooley grabbed second in the 400-meter hurdles with 1:17.78, Maleaha Earnest placed second in the 800 meters with 2:35.07 and Mallory Reed finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with 16.28.

Once again, Kate Birchmier sparked the Mustangs with stellar performances in the shot put and the discus. Birchmier took first in the shot put with a heave of 40 feet and 5 inches, and she broke the school record in the discus by hurling it 132-5.

"For being so good at her sport, her sportsmanship is amazing," Davis County coach Josh Husted said about Birchmier. "She doesn't brag about her ability. That's pretty unique to see.

Stan Huggins is the throwing coach that coaches Kate. It's pretty amazing the job he does."

Birchmier will take her talents to the Drake Relays this weekend, where she will compete in both the discus and the shot put.

Lauren Lynch also helped the Mustangs taking first in the high jump with a leap of 4-10 and Davis County corralled first place in the shuttle hurdle relay with a personal best time of 1:13.90. Marissa Shuey finished second behind teammate Birchmier in the shot put with a heave of 37-7.5, Hayleigh Sharp claimed second in the long jump with a leap of 15-5.5, Shelby Graves grabbed second in the 1,500 meters with 5:19.60 and the Mustangs' 4x800 team took second with 10.23.78.

"It was a close race between us and Pekin," Husted said. "We got them (at the Anderson Relays) and they got us here. We told the girls they can us this as motivation to fuel them as move later into the season and move toward the conference, district and state meets."

Van Buren  came in seventh with 27 points and Cardinal placed eighth with 14 points.

 Warrior Hannah Haynes claimed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.86 and Unity Daugherty took sixth in the 3,000 meters with 5:28.09. Comet Lindsay Albert took fourth in the 200 meters with 28.93.

"We're going on up on Thursday morning to get her prepared for the atmosphere. It's an honor to have an athlete to make it state."

The Mustang girls meet at Chariton Tuesday was canceled.


at Van Buren High School Track, Keosauqua


Team scores — 1. Pekin 153, 2. Davis County 139, 3. Iowa City Regina 82, 4. Fort Madison 74, 5. Clarke County (Mo.) 40, 6. West Burlington/Notre Dame 35, 7. Van Buren 27, 8. Cardinal 14, 9. Fort Madison 0.


Shot put — 1. Kate Birchmier (Davis County) 40-0.5, 2. Marissa Shuey (DC) 37-7.5, 3. Shelbie Williams (Pekin) 35-1.5, 4. Maranda Baker (P) 34-7.5.

Discus — 1. Birchmier (DC) 132-5, 4. Baker (P) 109-7, 6. Shuey (DC) 105-7.

High jump — 1. Lauren Lynch (DC) 4-10, 3. Hayleigh Sharp (DC) 4-8, 4. Beth Atwood (P) 4-8, 5. Delaney Ridgeway (Cardinal) 4-6.

Long jump — 1. Raegan Olson (West Burlington/Notre Dame) 15-11.5, 2. Sharp (DC) 15-5.5, 6. Cami Guiter (DC) 13-3.5.

3,000 run — 1. Kaylee Alvarez (Fort Madison) 11:21.11, 2. Taylor Lock (P) 11:27.97, 4. Payton Lock (P) 11:49.67, 6. Unity Daugherty (Van Buren) 11:58.28.

100 hurdles — 1. Hannah Haynes (VB) 15.86, 2. Mallory Reed (P) 16.28, 5. Kristin Fipps (DC) 18.07, 6. Taiylor Morgan (P) 18.15.

100 dash — 1. Cassie Hocker (FM) 13.23, 4. Nikole Arendt (P) 13.64.

4x800 — 1. Pekin 10:16.1, 2. Davis County (Shelby Graves, Maggie Hougland, Kalleigh Tharp, Addie McKee) 10:23.78.

200 dash — 1. Gabby Dutchik (Iowa City Regina) 27.73, 4. Lindsay Albert (C) 28.93.

1,500 run — 1. Gwynne Wright (P) 5:04.37, 2. Graves (DC) 5:19.6, 5. T. Lock (P) 5:26.4, 6. Daugherty (VB) 5:28.09.

4x200 — 1. Iowa City Regina 2:04.37, 4. Pekin 2:18.52, 6. Van Buren 2:21.63.

400 dash — 1. Dutchik (ICR) 1:03.69, 2. Tayler Winn (P) 1:05.38, 3. McKee (DC) 1:05.41, 4. Maleaha Earnest (P) 1:06.59, 5. Hougland (DC) 1:07.63.

400 hurdles — 1. Samantha Wright (P) 1:12.02, 2. Monica Cooley (P) 1:17.78, 3. Ally McClure (DC) 1:17.98, 5. Mallory Wells (DC) 1:23.5.

Sprint Medley — 1. Iowa City Regina 2:02.72, 2. Davis County (Jennifer Buckingham, Macy Grooms, McKee, Lynch) 2:03.94, 3. Pekin 2:05.41, 6. Van Buren 2:13.47.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 1. Davis County (K. Sharp, Connor Wilfawn, Fipps, H. Sharp) 1:13.9, 2. Pekin 1:16.85, 3. Van Buren 1:21.38.

Distance Medley — 1. Pekin 4:26.97, 2. Davis County (Lynch, Wells, H. Sharp, McClure) 4:34.97.

800 run — 1. Alyssa Stickfort (FM) 2:35.07, 2. Earnest (P) 2:35.78, 3. Hougland (DC) 2:37.5, 4. Smith (DC) 2:38.95.

4x100 — 1. Pekin 55.3, 3. Cardinal 56.06, 5. Davis County (Buckingham, Dixon, Guiter, Sharp) 56.48, 6. Van Buren 57.66.

4x400 — 1. Pekin 4:24.75, 2. Davis County 4:28.12.

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