CLEAR LAKE — Competing on home soil, the Clear Lake girls traveled to the North Central Conference track and field team title here Thursday night.
The Lions racked up 165 points to stay ahead of Humboldt and the rest of the field. Hampton-Dumont/CAL finished third followed by Algona, Iowa Falls-Alden, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Webster City and St. Edmond.
For the Gaels, Caroline Shelly, Emma Alstott, Gracie Harvey and Michaela Leiting won the 4×800 meters relay title. The quartet returned home in 10:20.28.
To close out the night, Mya McClain, Harvey, Ellie Knox and Shelly took the 4×400 meter relay crown in 4:20.90, storming the field.
Shelly also earned a second place in the 800 in 2:30.94, while the medley distance relay of McClain, Harvey, Shelly and Leiting was third in 4:40.94.
“I’m very proud of this group of girls” SEHS head coach Monica Alstott said. “They’ve worked so hard in training and they’re really starting to see their efforts pay off. The smiles after crossing the finish line are amazing.
“We had really good time drops in the 4×800, 4×400, medley and sprint medley. We also had great season PR.
McClain, Knox, Jana Pfannkvch and Harvey were fourth in the 4×200 in 1:56.30, while Leiting was fourth in the 1500 (5:28.98). Hannah Landwehr was fifth in the 3,000m (12:26.21) and McClain, Kaili Henning, Pfannkvch and Knox were fifth in the sprint medley relay (2:04.28).
The St. Edmond sprint medley of Sylvia Hess, Claire O’Connor, Sasha Hess and Andee Barwin won the junior varsity race, while Mady Halverson (100 hurdles) and Henning (400) were runners-up.
“I can’t say enough good things about this team,” said Shelly. “I’ve given them some pretty tough training sessions and they’re still up for the challenge.”
Humboldt won both the sprint medley relay (1:58.67) and the 4×100 relay (52.81). Morgan Olson, Alexis Hansen, Morgan Mann and Paige DeWinter ran the sprint medley, while Olson, Tayla Wempen, Hansen and DeWinter made up the 4×100.
Mann won silver in the 400m and high jump, with Sophia Harris placing second in the 400m hurdles.
Makayla Biesel was a double winner for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, finishing first in the 400 hurdles (1:12.78) and high jump (5-2). Kennedy Trca was the winner of the 100 hurdles (16.92).
Trca also placed second in the long jump, as did Cowgirl 4×200 of Jorga Fulk, Clarissa Hasty, Ezra Heifner and Matea Conlon.
For Algona, A’Lailah Perry took silver in the discus and shot put, with the Bulldogs finishing second in the 4×200 (Andi Jensen, Kaitlyn Burns, Malyn Davis, Lauren McLaughlin), 4×100 (Ava Henry, Tora Solbach, Peyton Bradley, Ella Lawson) and the 4×400 (Burns, Jensen, McLaughlin, Lawson).
Webster City won the Shuttle Hurdle Relay, as McKenzie Mishler, Brynna Croy, Bonnie Nohrenberg and Addie Tesdahl clocked 1:14.37.
Teams will now prepare for districts, which will take place around the state next Thursday.