Pekin girls win SEISC North title
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Poor weather could only hold off the Pekin girls’ track and field team so long as the Sarah Wright-led squad celebrated its seventh consecutive title Monday at the postponed Southeast Iowa Superconference North track meet hosted by Columbus.
Pekin won five events and finished top-two in several others to tally 161 points — far ahead of runner-up Mediapolis, which scored 132 points.
And to put the icing on the cake for the Panthers, the distance medley foursome of Mallory Reed, Maranda Baker, Whitney Horras and Gwynne Wright also broke the conference record in the race, finishing first by 10 seconds with a time of 4:26.55.
The old record of 4:26.99 was set previously by Pekin in 2010. Baker, Victoria Eckley, Annie Jones and Celsey Conger held the old mark.
“I’m so proud of our girls. I thought we competed well since we weren’t able to run last week,” said Wright.
The Panthers also won the 4x800 relay, with Samantha Wright, Horras, Sloan Reighard and Maleaha Earnest rocketing to the finish line in 10:14. Horras was the open-800 champion in 2:31.02, freshman Gwynne Wright won the 1500 in 5:07 and freshman Shelbie Williams was the top shot putter with a mark of 35-feet, 8-inches.
Second-place finishes were earned by Pekin’s Taylor Lock, who had a pair of them in the 1500 (5:28) and 3000 (11:35), as well as Reed in the 100 (16.04) and Baker in the shot put (35’ 5”). Reighard, Samantha Wright, Tayler Winn and Horras capped it all with a runner-up time of 4:24 in the 4x400.
The Panther girls look for more of the same success — and several state-qualifying performances — when they travel to Highland for the Class 1A regional meet Thursday.
SEISC North @ Columbus
Final Team Standings (Girls)
1. Pekin 161, 2. Mediapolis 132, 3. Columbus 90, 4. Winfield-MU 69, T5. Highland 61, T5. Lone Tree 61, 7. Louisa-Muscatine 55, 8. Wapello 50, 9. WACO 37, 10. IMS 20