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. Apr 24, 2017, 09:59
Wayne’s Shayden Arnold hands off to Will Schultz in the 4x800-meter race at the Bill McClymonds Relays in Corydon on April 17. Photo by Jason Selby
CHARITON WINS MONDAY’S MEET, BUT WAYNE SCORES MOST POINTS OF 1A SCHOOLS
At the 2017 McClymonds Relays at Saling Athletic Complex, the Wayne boys finished 2nd to Chariton, but scored the most points of Class 1A schools with 134. Twin Cedars finished 3rd with 108.66, Moravia scored 41 points, Melcher-Dallas 24.33, Seymour 21, Mormon Trail 17, and Moulton-Udell 14.
The Falcons won 3 relay events. The team of Brooks Jacobsen, Hunter Cobb, Chasen Kiefer and Alex Chapman won the 4x100 and 4x200 in 48.29 and 1:40.72, respectively. The shuttle hurdle team of Michael Alexander, Chapman, Sawyer Nickell and Bronson Carpenter finished 1st in 1:08.49.
The sprint medley team of Shayden Arnold, Cobb, Kiefer and Carpenter were edged out by Chariton’s last-second, come-from-behind effort in 1:42.87. The 4x400-meter team of Nick Mattly, Arnold, Kiefer and Cobb also placed 2nd to Chariton in 3:55.43. Apr 24, 2017, 09:45
Wayne’s Caitlyn Pruiett dives for a tough dig as fellow junior Raeshel Andrews backs her up. Photo by Jason Selby
BEATS MORAVIA 3-2, WILL NEXT FACE 18-5 SEYMOUR
It was not always easy for the Lady Falcons volleyball team, but in the 1st round of the playoffs last Tuesday night, Wayne finally pulled to .500 on the season. The girls fought off Moravia to move their record to 12-12. In doing so, they reached the 2nd round of the playoffs, a matchup at 18-5 Seymour on Mon., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Coming into Tuesday, Wayne had defeated Moravia twice, but the Mohawks clawed out the 1st set 25-20, led by lanky standout senior Payton Rogers, who finished with 20 kills.
In a must-win situation, the Lady Falcons came back to avoid a 2-0 deficit, eaking out a 25-23 set to even the match. Things were looking up when Wayne pulled away 25-14 in the 3rd set, but Moravia kept fighting. The Mohawks pushed it to a 5th set by the narrowest of margins, 25-23. Oct 24, 2016, 14:42