The Lindsay Holy Family Lady Bulldogs could not have gotten a much better start as they set off on a course to defend their Class D state track & field championship.
Holy Family dominated the girls competition at the Cedar Rapids Invitational in Genoa March 30, winning the title by nearly 90 points over runner-up Cross County (155-66). Newman Grove placed sixth in the girls division.
On the boys side, Holy Family took fourth place behind Shelby, Cross County and Palmer. Host Cedar Rapids was sixth and Newman Grove finished seventh.
Holy Family scored victories in nine individual girls events and all three relays in racking up its imposing point total.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by three double-gold medalists – Stacy Beller in the 100 meter hurdles (16.7) and 300 meter hurdles (50.7), Andrea Weeder in the 800 meter run (2:26.6) and 3200 meter run (12:17.7) and Torie Wiese in the long jump (16-4.75) and triple jump (34-10.75).
Also winning events for LHF were Melanie Fehringer (400 dash, 1:06.2), Breanna Korus (1600 run, 5:52.5) and Melissa Schumacher (high jump, 5-1). Holy Family added a sweep in the 4×100 (54.8), 4×400 (4:22.9) and 4×800 (10:32.8) relays.
April Ramaekers led the Newman Grove Lady Jays with runner-up finishes in the 1600 (6:25) and 3200 (13:47) and Audrey Wondercheck was second in the high jump (4-10).
Holy Family also had two athletes win double gold in the boys competition. Andrew Kurtenbach swept the 400 meter dash (53.1) and 800 meter run (2:11.3) and Kevin Weeder won the 1600 meter run (4:50.9) and 3200 meter run (10:23.5). Holy Family’s other event victory was in the 4×800 relay (9:02.5), where the Bulldogs are defending state champs.
Bryce Schilousky of Cedar Rapids took first place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 43.5.
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