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Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:39 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:54 a.m. CST
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Prairie City-Monroe junior Ashley Miller, left, takes the baton from freshman Lexi Kuecker during a relay this season. Miller will compete in four events at the state track and field meet in Des Moines from May 18-20. Kuecker also will compete at state in the shuttle hurdle relay.
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Prairie City-Monroe senior Chris Ellens will run in the state track and field meet in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs after qualifying in Eddyville on May 11.

EDDYVILLE — The PCM girls’ track and field team won just one event at its Class 2A state qualifying meet May 11.

But the Mustangs piled up five runner-up finishes and four bronze-medal performances during a championship effort. The top two finishers in every event automatically qualified for next week’s state track and field meet.

PCM ended the night with 111 points, which was good enough for a first-place finish at the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont state qualifier. The Mustangs edged Mid-Prairie (108) by three points, and Albia (96) and Pella Christian (96) were both within 17 points of PCM in a tie for third.

On the boys’ side, PCM got a win from Cole Dustin in the 110-meter high hurdles and finished third as a team. Mid-Prairie won with 153 points, Albia was next with 97 and PCM scored 95 points in third. Pleasantville was within eight of PCM in fourth.

The 4x400 relay was the only win for the PCM girls, but they were second in the shuttle hurdle, 4x800 and distance medley relays and senior Jayci Vos and sophomore Maddie Samson also punched individual tickets with runner-up finishes in individual events.

“What a fun night tonight,” PCM coach Bridget Martin said. “We talk all season long about the importance of every member on our team and every single point scored. Tonight, we won the district by three points. That equals a sixth-place finish in an event. Tonight’s district championship was a total team effort, and we couldn’t be more proud of our girls.”

The 4x400 relay team included senior Rachel Stafford, sophomore Paytan Schut, freshman Sierra Foster and Vos, and that foursome ran a season-best time of 4 minutes, 10.62 seconds. That’s the sixth best time in 2A this season.

The lone win for the PCM boys came from Dustin in the 110 high hurdles. He advanced to the state meet automatically with a time of 15.69 seconds.

The Mustang girls clinched automatic berths into the state meet in five other events, and the boys were second in three events.

Vos suffered a loss in the 400 hurdles by a .18 seconds. She advanced to state anyway with a time of 1:07.60.

Samson clinched her spot in the shot put with a silver-medal throw of 32 feet, 9 inches. Senior Noah Clark was second in the boys shot put with a throw of 48-3 1/2.

The Mustang girls head to state in three other relays.

The 4x800 relay that featured Vos, Schut, sophomore Kirstin Ives and Stafford placed second with a season-best time of 10:01.66. That’s the sixth best time in 2A this season.

The shuttle hurdle relay team advanced to state. That foursome included sophomore Megan Cowman, freshman Lexi Kuecker, sophomore Morgan Uhlenhopp and Vos, and they finished in 1:09.13.

The distance medley relay now has the fourth best time in 2A after running a season-best 4:22.49 on Thursday. That foursome included junior Ashley Miller, Foster, Schut and Stafford.

“These girls have worked so hard all season and are extremely deserving of this title,” Martin said. “I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end our regular season. Our seniors have been great leaders all season and were a huge part of our success this evening.”

The other automatic qualifiers for the PCM boys’ team were senior Chris Ellens in the 1,600 and junior Noah Anderson in the 200. Ellens was the runner-up with a lifetime best time of 4:38.78. Anderson was second in the 200 with a personal-best time of 22.66.

Ellens was fourth in the 3,200, but his time of 10:14.99 earned an at-large berth.

Anderson and sophomore Preston Van Wyk were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100, but both claimed at-large berths after times of 11.49 and 11.53, respectively. Van Wyk’s time of 23.13 in the 200 finished third, and he earned an at-large berth.

The 4x200 relay clinched an at-large berth. The team of sophomores Wes Cummings and Brayton Van Dyke, Van Wyk and Anderson finished third in a personal-best time of 1:34.12.

The sprint medley relay placed third, too. The team of Van Wyk, Van Dyke, Anderson and Cummings ran a personal-best time of 1:38.54. Clark placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 145-5. Th Mustangs did not get an at-large berth in either event.

The Mustang girls clinched at-large bids into the state meet in at three other events.

Senior Tatum Nearmyer returned to the lineup for the first time in four meets and helped the Mustangs to a third-place finish and at-large berth in the sprint medley relay. The Mustangs’ time of 1:53.18 ranks in the top 10 in 2A this season. The rest of the team includes Foster, Miller and Stafford.

Miller clinched at-large berths in both the 100 and 200. She was third in both events with times of 13.04 and 27.0, respectively. Both times are top 20 in 2A.

Samson completed the top-three finishes with a bronze-medal throw in the discus. Her throw of 109-0 ranks in the top 24 in 2A, but was not good enough to earn an at-large berth.

The state meet starts May 18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines and runs through May 20.

PCM boys finish third at Pella

PELLA — PCM’s depth and full squad allowed the Mustang boys’ track and field team to edge Class 4A Newton in the team race by five points.

PCM scored 104 points in third, and Newton finished fourth with 99. Pella won the meet with 159 points, besting Little Hawkeye Conference rival Norwalk (136) by 23 points. The rest of the field included Pella Christian (77), Oskaloosa (56), Knoxville (50) and the Pella JV (23).

The Mustangs had two individual wins. 

Van Wyk won the 200 with a time of 23.24 seconds, and Ellens won the 3,200 with a time of 10:30.54.

PCM’s 4x100 relay team of sophomore Peyton Strovers, Van Wyk, Van Dyke and Anderson finished third with a time of 45.55 seconds

PCM’s sprint medley relay foursome of Van Wyk, Van Dyke, Anderson and Cummings finished second in 1:40.68.

Anderson’s other runner-up finish came in the 100. Anderson was edged by Newton’s Matthew Karsten (11.64 seconds) by .15 seconds.

PCM finished third in the 4x800. PCM’s foursome of juniors Brady North and Blake Lee, sophomore Brycen Rogers and freshman Nigel Sperfslage finished in 9:14.34.

Sperfslage was the final top-three finish for the Mustangs. He finished second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:02.84.

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