LADY FALCONS EARN SECOND PLACE FINISHES ON ROAD AT EDDYVILLE AND AT HOME
Wayne’s Haylee Fortune floats during her record setting long jump performance at the Pyner Relays, which earned her a spot in the Drake Relays. Photo by Jason Selby
The Lady Falcons posted two second place finishes last week, including at home for the Pyner Relays in Corydon Thurs., April 20. Wayne runs on, despite what could be the season long absence of senior Demi Austin, who qualified for State in several events last year, including the 100-meter dash. It would be a boon for track and field if Austin could return, but she hopes to be rested and healthy to lead the softball team this summer.
But the biggest story last Thursday was again the legs of Wayne’s Haylee Fortune, who set a Pyner Relays record and won the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 1.75 inches. In so doing, the junior qualified for the Drake Relays. She is set to compete at Drake Stadium in Des Moines with some of the world’s greatest athletes on Thurs., April 27 at approximately 5 p.m.
Overall, the Lady Falcons scored 117.5 points to 1st place Mount Ayr’s 163 points. Davis County scored 113 points, Southeast Warren 54, Chariton 48, Seymour 46.50, Moravia 17, Twin Cedars 12, and Moulton-Udell 8.
In the 100-meter dash, Fortune finished 3rd in 13.55. Caitlyn Pruiett placed 2nd in the 400-meter dash in 1:08.06, and 5th in the 200-meter in 29.80.
Jessi Helseth, in extended duty through long-distance relays and two-mile runs, finished 2nd in both the 1,500-meter and the 2,000-meter in 6:06.41 and 12:55.29 respectively. Allie Wik placed 6th in the 800-meter run in 3:03.39.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Raegan Tilley finished 3rd in 18.14, and Katelyn Nickell placed 6th in 18.98. Sarah Norris finished 4th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:17.08.
In the discus, Tori Freeman earned 3rd place with a throw of 87 feet, 5 inches. In the shot put, Aryanna Jacobsen finished 3rd in 32 feet, 1.5 inches.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Norris, Nickell, Raeshel Andrews and Tilley finished a close 2nd in 1:15.54. The 4x200-meter team of Alliyah White, Naja Jones, Lexi Brazeal and Fortune placed 2nd in 2:01.81. The 4x800-meter team of Jones, Laney Christian, Helseth and Pruiett also finished 2nd in 11:27.28.
The 4x100 team of Tilley, Riley Davis, Brazeal and Fortune placed 3rd in 56.92. The 4x400 team of Norris, Jones, Brazeal and Pruiett finished 3rd in 4:44.87. The distance medley team of Gracee Nickell, Davis, Norris and Helseth also placed 3rd in 5:14.31.
The sprint medley relay team of Katelyn Nickell, Keylee Knutson, Gracee Nickell and Julie Granahan finished 4th in 2:15.56.
On April 18, the Lady Falcons again finished 2nd at the Eddyville Relays, scoring 141 points to BGM’s 173. HLV was 3rd with 85, followed by Southeast Warren 70, English Valleys 39, Keota 11, and Moulton-Udell 10.
Fortune won the long jump in 15 feet, 5.5 inches and Jacobsen won the shot put in 32 feet, 4 inches. Also finishing 1st for Wayne was the 4x400-meter relay team of Norris, Jones, Brazeal and Pruiett.
Freeman and Kari Holt finished 3rd and 4th in the discuss with throws of 86 feet, 1 inch and 85 feet, 1 inch respectively.
The 4x100 team of Tilley, Davis, Brazeal and Fortune placed 2nd in 55.37. The 4x200 team of Pruiett, Jones, Brazeal and Fortune placed 2nd in 1:58.96. Finishing 2nd as well were the 4x800 team of Davis, Wik, Christian and Jones in 11:52.35, the shuttle hurdle team of Norris, Pruiett, Andrews and Tilley in 1:16.03, and the distance medley team of Davis, Gracee Nickell, Granahan and Helseth in 5:03.20.
The sprint medley team of Katelyn Nickell, Knutson, Gracee Nickell and Granahan placed 4th in 2:14.43.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Tilley finished 2nd in 17.94. Andrews placed 4th in 19.30. In the 200-meter hurdles, Norris earned 2nd in 1:17.98.
In the 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter, Helseth finished 2nd in 12:37.47 and 5:37.11, respectively. In the 800-meter, Pruiett placed 6th in 2:46.67.
Fortune finished 6th in the 100-meter dash in 14.52. Tilley and Alliyah White placed 4th and 5th in the 200-meter dash with times of 30.34 and 30.38, respectively. Norris finished 6th in the 400-meter dash in 1:11.04.
The Lady Falcons compete at Chariton on Tues., April 25 at 5 p.m. On Thurs., April 27, while Fortune is jumping at the Drake Relays, Wayne travels to Osceola for a 4:30 p.m. meet.