|Sydney Danker accepts the baton from Breanna Meier
| Guthrie Center's girls and boys track teams both scored 77 points while finishing fourth in the team standings at the annual Gonzales-Parrish Invitational at Guthrie Center Thursday.
Both coaches, Dave Spratte for the girls, and Bob Bolton for the boys, continue to experiment in an effort to determine their best chances to qualify events for the state meet.
The Lady Tigers posted five victories.
Leah Courtney won two individual titles. She took the 400 meters in 1:01.00 and the 800 meters in 2:27.33. Therese Frels also copped individual gold winning the 1500 meters in 5:26.95.
Frels anchored Guthrie's winning distance medley unit which finished in 4:39.08. Carrying the baton on the first three legs were Hayley Wilson, Breanna Meier and Sydney Danker.
Guthrie captured first in the shuttle hurdle relay with Wilson, Kacie Schreck, Keisha Bailey and Meier completing the race in 1:10.45.
Bailey was runner-up in both the 100 meter hurdles, 16.94, and the 400 meter hurdles, 1:11.81.
The Lady Tigers scored third place points in the sprint medley (Wilson, Meier, Schreck, Danker) 2:03.04.
The 4 x 100 relay managed a fifth place with a 54.97 clocking. Relay runners were Wilson, Schreck, Bailey and Meier.
Schreck placed fifth in the 400 meters, 1:05.66 and Olivia Chiodo was sixth in the 3000 meters, 13:33.93.
1. Panorama 131; 2. Audubon 130; 3. IKM-Manning 115; 4. Guthrie Center 77; 5. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 60; 6. Adair-Casey 40; 7. East Greene 25.
A number of Tigers ran personal bests. That list included Eric Langford who ran his best 400 hurdle race of the season while winning in 59.42 and Adam Courtney who broke the five minute barrier with a victory in the 1600 meters, 4:59.50.
Guthrie's third first place during the evening was provided by the shuttle hurdle relay unit of Austin Laabs, Gavin Laughery, Marcus Bolton and Langford, 1:03.17.
Jordan Christensen shaved nearly 49 seconds off his previous best when he finished second in the 3200 meters in 10:41.80. Teammate Eddy Halbur was fourth in the race finishing in 11:19.45. Halbur was a fifth place winner in the 1600 meters, 5:18.25.
Caleb Courtney earned second place in the 800 meters, 2:13.54, and third in the 400 meters, 57.79.
Guthrie's medley relay (Laughery, Curtis Bolton, Marcus Bolton, Adam Courtney) was third in 4:01.51.
Fifth place individuals were Jack Wilson, 200 meters, 25.37, and Laabs, 400 meter hurdles, 1:03.39. Also fifth was the 4 x 400 relay (Cody Hix, Broderick Grizzle, Jacob Herbert, Matthew Schacherer) 4:09.82.
Grant Cleveland picked up a sixth place point in the discus for the Tigers throwing 103'10". Sixth place relays were the 4 x 100 (Cleveland, Bryce Paterson, Maurico Lemus, Wilson) 50.56 and the 4 x 200 (Marcus Bolton, Lemus, Laabs, Curtis Bolton) 1:40.92.
1. IKM-Manning 141; 2. Panorama 128; 3. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 79; 4. Guthrie Center 77; 5. Adair-Casey 57; 6. Audubon 30; 7. East Greene 27.
"I was impressed with the girls' efforts. We scored 75 points with 11 girls," commented Lady Tigers' coach Dave Spratte after Guthrie Center finished sixth at the West Central Activities Conference track meet at Ogden Monday.
"We were shuttle hurdle champions and Therese Frels ran a personal best in the 1500 meters," added Spratte.
Earlham was the runaway winner of the meet with 154 points.
The shuttle hurdle relay was Guthrie's lone first place. Hurdlers were Hayley Wilson , Kacie Schreck, Keisha Bailey and Breanna Meier. They were timed in 1:10.82.
Leah Courtney and Frels both annexed a pair of second places for the Lady Tigers.
Courtney was runner-up in the 400 meters, 60.49, and the 800 meters, 2:25.56. Frels ran 5:18.22 in the 1500 meters and also was second in the 3000 meters, 11:45.53.
Wilson, Meier, Schreck and Sydney Danker comprised the second place distance medley relay which was clocked in 4:37.78.
Wilson placed third in the 100 meter hurdle race, 17.36. Bailey ended fourth in the 400 meter hurdles, 1:12.44, after falling on the ninth hurdle.
Guthrie's sprint medley relay finished third in 1:57.86. Baton carriers were Wilson, Meier, Danker and Courtney.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the Lady Tigers were edged by one-hundreth of a second by DM Christian and finished fourth in a season best 4:18.25. Relay runners were Danker, Bailey, Schreck and Courtney.
The 4 x 200 relay (Meier, Schreck, Bailey, Danker) 1:56.12, scored sixth place points.
"We will take one last look at a few things Thursday at Panorama Relays," said Spratte. Guthrie Center will host the Class 1A co-ed state qualifying meet May 10.
Eight places were scored in the meet.
Girls Conf. Standings
1. Earlham 154; 2. Des Moines Christian 110; 3. Woodward-Granger 106; 4. Madrid 83; 5. Panorama 81; 6. Guthrie Center 75; 7. Van Meter 65.5; 8. West Central Valley 39; 9. Ogden 17.5; 10. Coon Rapids-Bayard 9.
"It was a very tough meet," stated Guthrie Center boys track coach Bob Bolton after Monday's West Central Conference meet at Ogden. "A number of state leaders in their respective classes (1A/2A) performed."
The Tigers finished seventh among 11 teams and Bolton considered that good since his team still was not at full strength.
Guthrie posted three third place finishes. They were the shuttle hurdle relay (Austin Laabs, Gavin Laughery, Marcus Bolton, Eric Langford) 1:02.96; Marcus Bolton, high jump, 5'8"; and Adam Courtney, 1600 meters, 5:03.63.
Jordan Christensen placed fourth in the 3200 meters, 11:03.79. Eddy Halbur was seventh in the race, 11:17.20.
The distance medley relay (Jack Wilson, Curtis Bolton, Marcus Bolton, Adam Courtney) 4:01.62, scored fifth place points.
Coming in sixth were Caleb Courtney, 800 meters, 2:15.11; Eric Langford, 400 meter hurdles, 59.50; and 4 x 200 relay (Wilson, Curtis Bolton, Marcus Bolton, Laughery) 1:38.75.
Laughery ran seventh in the 200 meters, 24.76.
Picking up an eighth place point was the 4 x 400 relay (Wilson, Curtis Bolton, Laabs, Langford) 3:56.22.
The Tigers expect to have Tim Schachtner for Thursday at Panorama.
Boys Conf. Standings
1. Madrid 127; 2. Des Moines Christian 123; 3. Earlham 118; 4. Van Meter 68; 5. Woodward Academy 65; 6. Panorama 46; 7. Guthrie Center 41; 8. Ogden 38; 9. Woodward-Granger 29; 10. West Central Valley 21; 11. Coon Rapids-Bayard 20.
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