With this leap of faith in the rain at the district meet in Martensdale, freshman Haylee Fortune set a school record in the long jump at 16 feet, 9.5 inches. Photo by Jason Selby
BREAKS OLD MARK HELD BY DARLA RELPH CLARK, AS SIX DIFFERENT LADY FALCON INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM EVENTS FINISH FIRST TO MOVE ON TO THE STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Wayne head coach Bart Elliott quietly expressed his frustration before the district meet at Martensdale; he had just learned a few other sites chose to postpone running, despite similar weather conditions. The move could create a competitive advantage for athletes that do not finish first, who must qualify for state by time. Elliott’s mood improved right away, however, as the Lady Falcons had a record-breaking night.
It started in the long jump. With her parents and grandparents watching from behind a chain-link fence, directly in front of the pit where she would land, Haylee Fortune leaped a career best 16 feet, 2 inches in the long jump. She was just getting started. May 15, 2015, 11:39
Bronson Carpenter gets some encouragement in the shuttle hurdle relay from former Lady Falcons Olivia Byrns, Josie Curry and Makayla Andrews. Photo by Jason Selby
OTHER DISTRICT SITES POSTPONED DESPITE SIMILAR WEATHER CONDITIONS AS MSM FIELD FACED
While some sites chose to take the night off, though in the same weather conditions, the show went on in Martensdale. The Wayne boys finished a respectable fourth in an 11-team field that included Earlham, scoring 66 points.
Draven Jellison made it to the final eight in the discus, where he finished seventh with a throw of 99 feet, 10.5 inches.
In the long jump, Trevor Wilson struggled past some scratches to record a respectable 18 feet, 10.5 inches, good for sixth place. Jesse Wik finished in eighth at 17 feet, 5.25 inches. May 15, 2015, 10:04
Sarah Norris times her leap in the shuttle hurdle relay. Photo by Heather Hackney
SCORE 146 POINTS TO TOP MOUNT AYR ON A WINDY MAY EVENING IN THE 40s
On Monday night, the Wayne girls got the chance to warm up on the track they’ll run on at the district state-qualifying meet—albeit in 40-degree weather and swirling wind. They also received the opportunity to face Mount Ayr again, who the Lady Falcons had finished behind in the Pride of Iowa championship. This time, Wayne scored 146 points to win the Martensdale-St. Mary’s Girls Invitational. It was the Lady Falcons’ seventh win of the year.
Mount Ayr finished second with 128 points. Also in the field, Lenox scored 99 points, Martensdale-St. Mary’s 66 points, Grand View Christian 40 points, East Union 26 points, Pleasantville 24 points, Southeast Warren 14 points, and Twin Cedars 3 points. May 12, 2015, 09:34
Brock Draper shows off the medal he earned after shooting an 83 at the Pride of Iowa Tournament at Southeast Warren. Photo by Kim Hicks
FALCONS SHOOT IT OUT AT SOUTHEAST WARREN WHILE LADY FALCONS HIT THE LINKS AT PLEASANTVILLE
On May 5, the Wayne golf teams competed in the Pride of Iowa Conference tournaments. The Falcons traveled to Southeast Warren, and the Lady Falcons traveled to Pleasantville.
The boys finished seventh with a 391, four strokes behind Pleasantville. Nodaway Valley won the POI tournament by shooting a 327.
Wayne’s Brock Draper medaled by finishing fifth, though he tied for fourth with Nodaway Valley’s Sam Marnin at 83. Draper shot a 42 on the front 9 holes and a 41 on the back 9. He finished strong, shooting minus 1 the last 6 holes with nothing lower than a par. May 11, 2015, 09:09
Senior Dally Veach hands the baton to freshman Caitlyn Pruiett. The 4x800-meter relay team of Veach, Pruiett, Macey Goretska and Katelyn Campbell won the Pride of Iowa Conference championship on May 4 in Greenfield. Photo by Jason Selby
SCORE 213 POINTS WHILE PLACING FIRST IN EVERY RELAY EVENT TO WIN RAIDERETTE RELAYS, TWO DAYS AFTER FINISHING THIRD IN 2015 PRIDE OF IOWA CONFERENCE MEET
The Lady Falcons came back from a third-place finish at a rain-soaked Pride of Iowa Conference tournament to sweep away an eight-team field at the Raiderette Relays in Mount Ayr, scoring 213 points.
Sidney came in a distant second with 98 points, Lamoni scored 71 points, East Union 54 points, Seymour 53 points, Murray 45 points, Mormon Trail 32 points, and Orient-Macksburg 4 points. May 8, 2015, 09:45