The St. Ansgar girls’ track squad finished third at the Top of Iowa Conference (Eastern division) Relays held in Osage on Thursday, May 4. Team scoring: Osage – 160, Central Springs – 125, St. Ansgar – 112, Northwood-Kennett – 101.5, West Fork – 73.5, Nashua-Plainfield – 48, North Butler – 41, Newman Catholic – 39 and Rockford – 33.
The Saints had two individual champions and two relay champions. Caitlyn Juhl won the 100 meter hurdles in a season’s and personal best time of 16.58. Mariah Hulshizer won the discus throw with a toss of 113-3.5. The shuttle hurdle relay team won in a season’s best time of 1:10.51. Team members included Juhl, Claire Groth, Avery Hendrickson and Maddy Eibes. The 4×100 relay team was the other winner in a time of 53.21. Team members included Groth, Gabby Finberg, Madison Minnis and Chelsey Huisman.
Second place finishes for the Saints included Juhl in the 100 meter dash (13.09) and the 4×200 relay team (1:56.52). Relay members included Huisman, Rylie Hansen, Hannah Patterson and Eibes. Third place finishes for the Saints were Huisman in the 200 meter dash (27.75) and Eibes in the 400 meter hurdles (1:11.18).
“Congratulations to the St. Ansgar boys’ team and Coach Clevenger and Coach Sherman,” said coach Phil Baldus. “They really put on a great show tonight in winning the boys’ division of the conference relays.”
“Our seniors led the way for us tonight. Caitlyn Juhl, Mariah Hulshizer, Claire Groth and Maddy Eibes had strong performances this evening. Caitlyn anchored our shuttle hurdle relay team to an exciting victory and then turned right around and had her best performance in the 100 meter dash, placing second there. She also won the 100 meter hurdle race in her best ever performance in that race. Mariah didn’t have her best night, but she battled her way to a conference championship in the discus throw. Claire Groth just keeps getting better and better with each performance this season. Her improvement is key to our success in the shuttle hurdle relay. She earned a fourth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and ran on our 4×100 relay team. Maddy Eibes ran on the shuttle hurdle relay and then ran her best time ever in the 400 meter hurdles finishing third. She’s run the race less than a handful of times but keeps improving.”
Junior Chelsey Huisman also continues to have a good spring. She finished third in the 200 meter dash and anchored our 4×100 relay team to an exciting come-from-behind victory.