Lady Beavers claim 2 relay golds
Scott City freshman Madison Shapland prepares to clear the bar at 8-feet-6 to claim a fourth place finish in the Scott City Relays.
By Rod Haxton, editor
The times weren’t what the Scott City girls were hoping for, but with a pair of gold medals in hand it was hard to be disappointed following the Scott City Relays on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Beavers swept the 4x400m and 4x800m relays and pulled away for the team title in the 81st annual track meet which was held under near-ideal conditions.
Scott City was well
ahead of their season best in the 4x800m with a winning time of 10:34.33 - nearly 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Lakin.
“With the exception of Cami (Patton) this is a pretty young relay and a couple of them are still figuring things out,” says head coach Jim Turner.
Despite competing in the relay for only the second time, junior Emily Smith (2:34.27) posted the fastest split on the squad, followed by sophomore anchor Dulce Ayala (2:38.44). The other two members were Weathers (2:41.95) and Patton (2:39.48).
“The last three girls were pretty much running on their own. I told Dulce to cruise her last lap,” Turner says.
The 4x400m relay was less than two seconds off its season best with a winning time of 4:18.95, finishing just ahead of Colby (4:20.46). Members of the winning relay were Paige Winderlin (63.35), Smith (65.54), Weathers (64.45) and Ayala (65.36).
It was an opportunity to get Winderlin back on the track after she missed the Salina meet while working through an injury. The senior was also able to compete on the 4x100m relay (52.89) which picked up a silver medal, but she scratched from the 400m.
Other members of the 4x100m relay were Olivia Prieto, Macy Berning and Madison Shapland. They finished just 29/100 of a second behind Colby.
Ayala turned in a solid performance for the day which also included a gold medal in the 800m (2:30.15), followed by teammates Weathers (2:33.72, 2nd) and Patton (2:35.57, 5th).
Smith Claims Silver
Smith was a silver medalist in the 300m low hurdles with a time of 51.71, finishing behind Hannah Pletcher (Wallace County, 50.43).
Also collecting a silver medal was junior Makaela Stevens (5:53.8) in the 1600m. She was a runner-up to long-time nemesis Rebeca Avelar (Stanton County, 5:44.78). Stevens followed up with a fifth place finish in the 3200m (13:10.5).
“The heat took its toll during the 3200,” noted Turner about the 82-degree temperature.
Seeing action for the first time this season was freshman Madison Shapland due to a hamstring injury. She was a fourth place medalist in the pole vault, clearing 8-foot-6, and added another fourth place finish in the 100m (13.43).
Lizzy Eikenberry was a bronze medalist in the javelin (106-5).
Claiming sixth place finishes were Trella Davis in the 3200m (13:46.47) and Stormy Wells in the 300m low hurdles (53.83).
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