ANAMOSA - Coming into their own Lady Raider Early Bird meet Tuesday, April 9, the Anamosa girls had won two consecutive meet team championships, and were heavy favorites to make it three-for-three.
That was until Linn-Mar was added as a late addition to the meet.
Take out the talented class 4A Lions, and it’s the Raiders who dominated at their own meet scoring an impressive 119 points.
“We finished second to Linn-Mar and found success in many different events,” said Anamosa girls track coach Reed Smith, as Linn-Mar claimed the Early Bird team title scoring 159 points overall.
“About half of the girls on the team set their personal record for the year in splits or open events which is great to see. It was also fun to see a large number of community members come and support the girls by attending or working the meet. I am very thankful for the community support and appreciate their willingness to help.”
It was another balanced attack from a variety of events that once again led to the Anamosa girls’ impressive performance, as the hosts claimed five event championships, including four individual titles from Olivia Nebergall (200-meter dash and high jump), Corinne Gadient (800) and Maggie McQuillen (400 hurdles).
Nebergall was once again the class of the high jump soaring over the bar set at 5-feet, 2-inches to easily win the event while her time of 26.29-seconds in the 200 also dominated, winning by over a second against runner-up Emily Schmidt, of Linn-Mar.
Gadient bested a loaded field in the 800 crossing the finish line with a time of 2:23.97, but teammate Ava Claussen-Tubbs made it a 1-2 finish for the hosts taking second with a 2:28.68 clocking that was an impressive six-seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
McQuillen has quickly transformed herself into one of the top 400-meter hurdle runners in the state, winning the title on her home track after coming through with a time of 1:09.13, edging West Branch’s Kaiya Luneckas (1:10.45) at the finish line.
The Raiders’ 4x400 team of Gabby Gadient, Nebergall, McQuillen and Corinne Gadient claimed Anamosa’s lone relay title of the night cruising to a 4:11.74 clocking that won the event by a whopping 10-seconds over runner-up Beckman (4:21.93).
McQuillen, Gabby Gadient, Abby Fairbanks and Corinne Gadient paced the 4x800 team to a runner-up finish posting a time of 10:00.19 while the distance medley team also scored runner-up points as Starr Kirk, Lauren Martensen, Delaney Frater and Claussen-Tubbs combined for a time of 4:40.36.
Kelsey Scofield added more field event scoring coming through with a second-place 106-1.50 toss in the discus while teammate Lexi Bright was fourth after her 97-0 effort.
Also scoring for the Anamosa girls at their Early Bird meet were: long jump- Gabby Gadient (3rd) 15-0.5 and Kirk (7th) 14-0; 3000- Maddy Heims (3rd) 12:09.77 and Alexa Jess (8th) 13:38.20; shot put- Bright (5th) 33-4 and Scofield (7th) 32-11.5; 4x100 relay- Cydney Davis, Jessie Frasher, Sammy Prybil, Anna Rowley (6th) 56.60; sprint medley relay- Davis, Frasher, Prybil, Rowley (6th) 2:05.28; 4x200 relay- Davis, Frasher, Prybil, Rowley (7th) 2:00.29; 1500- Heims (9th) 5:35.58; shuttle hurdle relay- Autumn Kirby, Jordyn Erickson, Emma Dales, Megan Decker (8th) 1:28.56.
The Raiders defeated Monticello (83 points), Marion (70.5), Beckman (65), Clear Creek-Amana (64), Maquoketa Valley (54), Linn Mar Black (53), West Branch (49) and Springville (22.5) at the meet.
Anamosa added a meet at Linn-Mar Saturday, April 13, placing ninth against a field of mainly class 4A programs scoring 23 points.
“Being one of the smallest schools at this meet, I was proud of how the ladies competed against stiff competition,” Smith said. “It was a great experience for the girls to learn and compete against some of the largest schools in the state and run right with them.”
Nebergall and McQuillen led all Raider efforts each placing second in the 200 and 400 hurdles, respectively.
Nebergall turned in a time of 26.84 while McQuillen added a 1:10.39 clocking.
Corinne Gadient (2:25.22) and Claussen-Tubbs (2:31.94) represented the Anamosa program well too, taking fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 800-meter run.
The Raiders’ top relay performance came from the 4x400 team who placed fifth overall after a 4:16.64 clocking.
The host Lions dominated the meet scoring 120 points while Anamosa topped Davenport Assumption (16), Iowa City Regina (11), Davenport West (6), Davenport Central (3) and Marion (1).