Waukee sweeps CIC team titles
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Waukee one both ends of the first Central Iowa Conference track and field championship at Waukee Stadium on Monday.
The Warrior girls netted 16 top-three finishes, including eight event victories. The team finished with 180 points, far ahead of runner-up Dowling Catholic (97.5) and third-place Urbandale (96).
Two weeks after breaking their own all-time state best record, the Warrriors’ shuttle hurdle team of Emma Drees, Emily Kamm, Mallory Smith and Maddie Rouw did it again with a time of 1 minute, 2.22 seconds. That sliced more than 6/10s of a second off their previous best at last month’s Drake Relays. The Warriors boast the four top times in state history.
Erika Lewis won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.27. Waukee also won the distance medley, sprint medley and 4x100 crowns, and was second in the 4x200 and 4x400.
In the field events, Kamm cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump, and Erin Bramble won both the discus (134-5) and shot put (36-3 1/2), while Caroline Slaughter was second in the shot put (34-11 3/4).
Talia Buss (12.35) and Gabi Gaines (12.55) were second and third in the 100, and Buss was also second in the 200 in 25.72. Rouw finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.63, and Kayla Sabotin was third in the 800 in 2:19.77.
“As a coaching staff, we have to be mindful of the regional meet (on Thursday) and not tax any of our athletes too much,” said coach Jesse Hunt. “At the same time, we have to throw, jump and run competitively and we felt like our girls really stepped up to bring home the first CIC conference championship.”
The Warriors boys piled up 150 points to outpace Johnston (102) and West Des Moines Valley (93), and finished with six event titles. Riley Gray, Josh Brdicko, Noah Larrison and Jared Brdicko set a new meet record by winning the shuttle hurdle in 57.44.
Waukee also won the 4x800 and distance medley crowns and placed second in the 4x200. Larrison won the 110 hurdles (14.70) and 400 hurdles (54.12), while Irvin Stumberg (1:59.59) and Jordan Roszhart (2:00.23) finished first and second in the 800.
Austin Krohnke and Ryan Tunink were second and third in the 1,600, as were Corbin Lowe and Nihad Ejubovic in the 200. Lowe was also third in the 400.
Andrew Cutler finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-2, and Erik Nelson threw 145-5 to place third in the discus.
Waukee travels Thursday to the state-qualifying meet in Fort Dodge. The field there includes Ames, Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Mason City and the Sioux City schools East, North and West.