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Pekin girls roll to another team title

Apr 18, 2013

MONTEZUMA — The Pekin girls’ track and field team won its second straight meet Tuesday, racking up 167 points to best five other teams at the Lew-Lundy Relays in Montezuma.

Pekin won eight events, including five individual contest, to distance itself from runner-up South Tama and its 140-point total. PCM scored 85 to finish in third place.

Led by freshman Gwynne Wright, the Panthers once again owned the long distance races. Wright claimed first place in the 1500 with a time of 5:12, and she doubled up in the 800 in 2:21.54. Fellow rookie Taylor Lock claimed the title in the 3000-meter run (11:37).

Maranda Baker added nearly two feet to her latest shot put throw to finish first (35’ 4”), and Mallory Reed picked up a win in the 100-meter hurdles (16.76).

Sloan Reighard, Samantha Wright, Cassidy Tolle and Whitney Horras ran to a winning time of 10:46 in the 4x800; and the distance medley team of Jessica Horras, Beth Atwood, Whitney Horras and Maleaha Earnest was first in 4:47.07. Reighard, Tolle, Samantha and Gwynne Wright capped the evening with a first-place time of 4:26.71 in the 4x400.

Second-place finishes came from Whitney Horras in the 800 (2:40.7), Lock in the 1500 (5:34) and Samantha Wright in the 400-hurdles (1:12). Tayler Winn added a runner-up medal in the 400-dash (67.03); and Victoria Eckley, Jessica Horras, Reed and Earnest finished first in the sprint medley (2:05.2).

With the weather the area has been experiencing as of late, Pekin head coach Sarah Wright called any night her team is able to run a success.

“It was another cold and rainy night to compete ... but we were glad to be able to compete. Our girls are really needing the meet experience,” she said. “I am very proud of how our team supports each other and how positive they are towards each other. Even when a baton is dropped, they rally around each other and focus on the next event.”

Today’s meet at Mid-Prairie has been canceled. Weather permitting, the Panther girls will run Monday at the Van Buren Invitational in Keosauqua.

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