CAMANCHE - They were the talk coming into the River Valley Conference track and field meet in Camanche.
Could the Anamosa girls, who have already won numerous meets this season, win another in their first attempt in the new league Thursday, May 2?
“We believed we had a chance at the conference title,” said Raider girls track coach Reed Smith, as his team was one of three thought to be in contention coming in.
“Our girls competed well and gave everything they had, but Mid-Prairie and Cascade have talented teams too. I know the girls may be disappointed as we thought we would be closer to the top in the conference point standings. However, I think it will only make the girls hungrier for the district meet coming up on Thursday.”
Anamosa placed third competing at their first-ever River Valley Conference meet, scoring 80 points to trail champion Cascade (113 points) and runner-up Mid-Prairie (92).
The Raiders didn’t leave the meet without a few individual and relay conference champions however, as Corinne Gadient and Olivia Nebergall crushed all competitors in the 400 and 200 meter dash events, respectively, while the pair also helped the 4x400 relay to a crown with Gabby Gadient and Maggie McQuillen.
Nebergall posted a time of 27.05-secoonds in the 200 to easily outdistance Durant’s Meg Koenig for the title while Gadient did the same in the 400 as her 1:00.80 clocking was well ahead of runner-up Cassie Cox, of North Cedar.
The impressive performances continued in the 4x400 as the Raider foursome were almost a full five-seconds faster than second-place Cascade, finishing with a 4:10.99 clocking to the Cougars 4:15.19.
Anamosa also had a few conference runner-up performances of their own as Corinne Gadient was second in the 800 (2:22.47) while the 4x800 team of McQuillen, Abby Fairbanks, Ava Claussen-Tubbs and Gabby Gadient combined for a time 10:10.00.
Also scoring for the Raiders at the River Valley Conference meet were: high jump- Nebergall (3rd) 5-0; distance medley relay- Grace Lubben, Delaney Frater, Nebergall, McQuillen (3rd) 4:25.10; 400 hurdles- McQuillen (4th) 1:08.94; sprint medley relay- Jessie Frasher, Sammy Prybil, Lubben, Corinne Gadient (5th) 1:56.09; 800- Claussen-Tubbs (5th) 2:28.23; long jump- Gabby Gadient (6th) 15-1.5; discus- Kelsey Scofield (6th) 102-9; shot put- Lexi Bright (7th) 33-10; 400- Gabby Gadient (8th) 1:04.50).
“We have multiple events we believe we can score points at the state meet,” Smith said. “The conference meet had a lot of talent and prepared the girls to compete against some great runners at the state qualifying meet and the state meet.
“I’m excited to see what they can do on the large stage events coming up.”
Anamosa defeated Northeast (76.5), Tipton) (60), Iowa City Regina (59), Monticello (49), North Cedar (44), West Liberty (43), West Branch (39), Wilton (32), Bellevue (23), Durant (20) and Camanche (10.5) at the conference meet.