Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Middle School Girls Track season began on April 19 at the MOC-FV Little Dutch Relays and finished on May 10 with a home dual against Storm Lake. At the MOC-FV Little Dutch Relays, the Sheldon Middle School Girls entered one team and finished 5th out of 8 teams. Leading the team at that meet were Olivia Reiser, with a 2nd place and season-best throw in the shot put (29’9”), and a 3rd place finish in the high jump by Taylor Busch.
Again with one 7-8 grade team entered, the girls next traveled to Milford to participate in the Little Pioneers Relays. The girls had their best outing of the season, as they won the meet with 185 points, outdistancing second place Okoboji by 94 points. Taking first place honors in this meet were Olivia Reiser (shot put), Hannah Uhl (high jump), as well as the shuttle hurdle, distance medley, 4 x 200 meter, and 4 x 400 meter relay teams. Finishing second were Sydney Olson (long jump—season best 14’ 0.25”), Ashley Brouwer (high jump), Kaylena Engel (100 m dash), Brooklyn Grady (400 m dash and 800 m run), and Raegan Freeman (200 m dash).
At the Sheldon Invitational, the 7th graders finished 2nd, and the 8th graders finished 4th in a six-team field. Pacing the 7th graders with first place finishes were Brooklyn Grady (discus, 800 m run, and 400 m dash—season best time 1:09.08) Keeley Simonsen (shot put), Haley Christians (high jump) and the 4 x 800 m relay team (Haley Christians, Elizabeth Carey, Keeley Simonsen, Madeline Schaeffer). The 8th graders were led by Olivia Reiser in the shot put (1st place), as well as Hannah Uhl (200 m hurdles) and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay team (Taylor Busch, Sydney Olson, Madison Van Meeeteren, Raegan Freeman), which both took 2nd place honors.
With the Sheldon Quadrangular cancelled due to inclement weather, the 7th and 8th grade girls traveled to Cherokee for the Little Tomahawk Relays. The 8th graders finished 3rd in a five-team field, while the 7th graders finished fourth among five teams. Leading the 8th grade girls with 1st place finishes were Hannah Uhl in the high jump and Olivia Reiser in the shot put. Finishing in second place in 8th grade were the shuttle hurdle (Hannah Uhl, Sydney Olson, Taylor Busch, and Raegan Freeman) and the 4 x 100 meter (Chasivee Vangkham, Ashley Brouwer, Sarah Lerma, and Raegan Freeman) relay teams. The 7th graders were led with 1st place finishes by Brooklyn Grady (discus) and Keeley Simonsen (shot put). Earning second place finishes were Jalyn DeBoer (800 m run) and the 4 x 400 meter (Tori Fjeld, Kayla Dykstra, Jessica Beldt, Brooklyn Grady) and 4 x 800 meter (Haley Christians, Savanna Busch, Kayla Dykstra, Brooklyn Grady) relay teams.
The next meet, the Siouxland Conference Meet was held Milford. Both the 7th and 8th grade teams came away with 3rd place finishes in a four-team field, with the 7th graders scoring 110 points, and the 8th graders scoring a season-high 84 points. Finishing first at this meet for the 7th graders were Mia Esser (high jump—season best, 4’4”), Haley Christians (1500 m run—season best, 6:08.80) and the 4 x 400 meter relay team (Fjeld, Dystra, Jalyn DeBoer, Jessica Beldt). Earning 2nd place honors were Keely Simonsen (shot put—season best, 28’2”), Brooklyn Grady (discus, 400 m dash), Addison Jager (100 m hurdles), as well as the 4 x 800 meter, shuttle hurdle, 4 x 200 meter, and sprint medley relay teams. Finishing 1st, individually, for the 8th graders were Lexi Winkel (shot put—season best, 29’3.75”), Hannah Uhl (high jump—season best, 4’6”), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team (Taylor Busch, Bailey Nordgaard, Jayda Hinrichsen, Faviola DeLeon). Taking 2nd place honors were Raegan Freeman (100 m hurdles) and the 4 x 200 meter and sprint medley relay teams.
Finally the 7th and 8th grade girls finished the season by both finishing first against Storm Lake in a dual meet at Sheldon. The 8th graders won by a margin of 90 to 57, while the 7th graders edged out the Tornadoes 80-74. In amassing their point totals, the 8th graders won 5 of the relay events, while the 7th grade finished first in 3 relay events. Individually, highlights from the final meet include personal-best performances by the following athletes:
Grade Athlete Event Performance Place
7 Brooklyn Grady Discus 75’ 11.50” 1st
7 Tori Fjeld Long Jump 12’4” 2nd
8 Olivia Reiser Discus 61’ 3.5” 1st
8 Raegan Freeman 200 m dash 30.60 1st
8 Raegan Freeman Long Jump 12’9” 2nd
8 Faviola DeLeon 400 M Dash 1:12.69 2nd
8 Emily Prewitt 1500 M Run 7:22.15 1st
Both the 7th and 8th grade girls enjoyed successful seasons, and Coaches Jim Gude and Lois Vreeman were happy and proud to have coached these girls in their quest to establish personal records in their respective events.