Pekin girls bury Tulip Time Relays field
PELLA — Pekin jumped out to a quick lead in the field events Friday and hardly slowed down from there on its way to picking up a Tulip Time Relays championship.
The Panther girls scored three wins in the field and another eight on the track, finishing with a 212-point total for their sixth outdoor meet title of the season. In fact, Pekin was so dominant that they doubled up runner-up North Mahaska’s total of 106.
Beth Atwood kicked the evening off winning the high jump at 4-feet, 10-inches. Shelbie Williams was victorious in the shot put at 32-feet, 10-inches and Bridget Fritchen won the discus with a top mark of 98-feet, 11.5-inches. Victoria Eckley just missed out on a win in the long jump, placing second at 14-feet, 4.25-inches, and Maranda Baker was runner-up in the shot put at 32-feet, 1-inch.
Pekin received victories on the track from Tayler Winn in the 400 (1:04.8) and Whitney Horras in the 800 (2:34.7). Taylor Lock won the 3000-meter run in 11:29 and Mallory Reed was first in the 100-hurdles (16.7).
The Panthers also teamed up to win four relay events, including the 4x800, 4x400, 4x200 and 4x100. Samantha Wright, Maleaha Earnest, Whitney Horras and Sloan Reighard ran the 4x800 in 10:34. Wright, Horras and Reighard also won the 4x400 along with Winn in 4:24.
Eckley and Jessica Horras were also a part of the winning 4x200 (1:57) and 4x100 (53.90). Beth Atwood and Nikole Arendt also ran on the 4x200, while Baker and Reed were on the 4x100.
Weather permitting, the surging Panthers open up the postseason at the SEISC North track meet at Columbus today.
Tulip Time Relays @ Pella
1. Pekin 212, 2. North Mahaska 106, 3. Eddyville-Blakesburg 76, 4. Lynnville-Sully 72, 5. Pella Christian 62, 6. Montezuma 41, 7. Twin Cedars 18