CASCADE - Doing a little bit of everything while competing at a challenging Cascade Early Bird Invitational Thursday, April 1, the Springville girls track and field team made a big statement going head-to-head against some of the area’s top programs.

      Leading the charge for the Orioles was Kennady Breitfelder, who turned in a sensational performance winning the long jump, 100 and 200 championships for the Springville team.

      Breitfelder opened with a 15-foot, 2.5-inch effort in the long jump that claimed the event title by a half-inch over Western Dubuque’s Erica Ernzen (15-2), but the talented sophomore was just getting started.

      Breitfelder blew past the field in the 100-meter dash crossing the finish line with a time of 13.77-seconds before making it three championships on the night with a 28.36 clocking in the 200.

      Breitfelder wasn’t the only Oriole to take home some hardware, as Nia Howard bested the field in the 400-meter dash, cruising to the finish line with a blistering time of 1:03.28, more than four-seconds faster than Marion’s Lilly Rompot, who was runner-up.

      While Breitfelder and Howard led the individual performances for the Springville girls, relays, an Oriole staple of success for more than a decade, also had a big night.

      The sprint medley team of Hannah March, Morgan Nachazel, Savannah Nealman and Nia Howard combined to post a time of 1:59.59 to place second in the event while the distance medley (Ashlynne Zaruba, Nachazel, Isabel Guererro, Liz Stejskal) and 4x400 (Nealman, Breitfelder, Guererro, Howard) relays both scored third-place finishes in 5:08.85 and 4:40.94, respectively.

      Springville’s shuttle hurdle team was also third as Molly Stamp, Rebecca Brecht, Zaruba and Nealman came through with a 1:20.36 clocking.

      Nealman gave the Orioles another solid performance in the sprints coming through with a 30.05 effort in the 200-meter dash, good enough to place fifth against the field of over 20 competitors while Stejskal topped Springville distance runners with a 6:12.69 effort in the 1500, good enough to cross the finish line seventh.

      Also competing for the Springville girls at Cascade were: high jump- Howard (7th) 4-4, Lily Clark (8th) 4-2; long jump- Carsyn Clothier (10th) 12-7; shot put- March (6th) 30-1.5, Alivia Hoyt (11th) 26-.5, Autumn Rickels (15th) 22-7.5; discus- Stamp (7th) 81-8, Clark (11th) 74-7, Hoyt (14th) 64-10; 100- Hoyt (18th) 17.24; 4x200 relay- March, Brecht, Stamp, Liz Blakely (6th) 2:09.86; 100 hurdles- Clothier (8th) 21.33, Laurel Schaul (12th) 23.00; 200- Zaruba (15th) 33.60; 4x100- Clothier, Schaul, Blakely, Emmie Ripple (6th) 1:04.21.

      The Springville girls opened their 2021 campaign Monday, March 29, at Benton Community in Van Horne, their first meet since the 2019 season. Results were unavailable at press time.

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