Today marks the beginning of a big week for Track and Field athletes in the state of Iowa. Billed as America’s Athletic Classic, the Drake Relays in Des Moines stands out as one of the strongest Track and Field meets for both high school and collegiate athletes separately. For the Webster City Lynx girls track team there will be a solid showing with three total events featuring Lynx athletes. Two of those entries will be comprised by one Senior in the form of throwing standout Cassidy Nerland. No stranger to the Drake Relays, Nerland placed 12th in the Discus in 2017 with a throw of 114 feet, 1 inch while also placing 16th in Shot Put with a top throw of 37 feet, 4 inches. In a limited number of meets in 2018, Nerland has added nearly 3 feet to her shot put and 14 feet to her discus and as a result is currently ranked 11th and 7th respectively in the two categories.
The Lynx girls will also be sending the 4 by 100 meter relay team of Haley Flaws, Marisa Garrels, Zooey Woodle, and Ashlyn Hay which has posted a top time this year of 52.49 seconds. That mark narrowly topped the threshold 52.86 seconds required to participate in the Drake Relays and as a result the relay team will be 1 of 80 teams that will take part in heats of 10 Friday at 5:30PM.
Narrowly missing the Drake relays was Haley Flaws in the 100 meter dash. Flaws best time in the 100 this year was 12.99 seconds which missed the 12.78 second cutoff by just over 2 tenths of a second.
The Lynx Boys Track and Field did not qualify any participants in the Drake Relays but was very close in several categories and one has to think that if 1 or 2 of the meets that were cancelled this spring had come to fruition it may have been enough. Jordan Tanner narrowly missed qualifying in the 100 meter dash with a top time of 11.74 seconds whereas the cutoff was placed at 11.20 seconds. Tanner also just missed in the 110 meter hurdles with a fastest time of 15.80 seconds which is less than a half second slower than the cutoff time of 15.44. And finally the Webster City 4 by 100 team missed the 45.25 second threshold with a fastest time this season of 45.35 seconds. South Hamilton Hawks distance runner Logan Peters narrowly missed entry into the Relays with a top 1600 meter time of 4 minutes 33.24 seconds while the cutoff was set at 4 minutes 29.98 seconds.
Weekend College Baseball/Softball
In college sports action, the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team got a win Sunday over 25th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers at Target Field to avoid the sweep. They now sit at 23-13 this season and will host Milwaukee Wednesday.
The Hawkeyes softball team took a 3 game big ten sweep over the weekend on the road at the hands of the Illinois Fighting Illini to drop to 19 and 25 this season including dropping 8 straight.
The Cyclones had a solid weekend in Lubbock Texas taking 2 of 3 from Texas Tech to move to 21 and 25 this season. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones softball teams will clash in the 2018 Cy-Hawk series game from Ames on Wednesday.
High School Spring Sports
The Webster City Lynx tennis team was more competitive than they have been this year but fell to 0 and 3 in a 6-3 loss to Iowa Falls Alden. They’ll get a chance to get that first victory tonight when they visit Grundy Center.
Senior Haley Johnson’s first career goal wasn’t enough for the Lynx girls soccer team who fell 6 to 1 to Iowa Falls Alden. The Lynx girls off until Thursday when they visit CAL-Latimer looking for their first win.
And the Lynx boys soccer team has extended their win streak to 3 games knocking off Iowa Falls Alden 3 to 1 on goals from Dylan Peck, Carter Neuroth, and Alex Bernard. The 3 and 2 Lynx will visit Garner Hayfield Ventura at 5:30PM tonight looking to make it 4 wins in a row.
Senior Jared Ullestad led the South Hamilton Hawks boys golf team with a 91 as they took 6th of 10 teams at the Panorama Invite with a team score of 382.
In action tonight, the Clarion Goldfield Dows spring season will finally get a chance to get going as the girls track team will visit Garner Hayfield Ventura while both the boys and girls golf teams will head to Iowa Falls Alden. The Cowgirls will join the Webster City Lynx as well as the Algona Bulldogs and Clear Lake Lions in a five team meet that will take place at Meadow Hills Golf Course.
The Lynx and Cowboys boys golfers will also see Algona, Clear Lake, and IFA in a conference meet that will take place at Highland Country Club in Iowa Falls.
For South Hamilton, the golfers will face off with St. Edmonds with the girls hosting the Gaels at Jewell Golf and Country Club while the boys will visit Lakeside Country Club in Fort Dodge.
The Hawks boys track team will take part in a 16 team meet at Gilbert High School at 4:30PM.
The only cancellations of the day coming for the Eagle Grove Eagles boys and girls golf teams which were scheduled to host Belmond-Klemme, North Iowa, and Garner Hayfield Ventura for a conference meet at Eagle Grove Country Club but that meet called off.
The Eagles girls track team will take part in a meet with Lake Mills which has been moved to Garner Hayfield Ventura High School.
And in Lynx track and field the girls will visit Humboldt while the boys will be headed to Boone for a meet.