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Mustang girls grab seven wins, finish third in Lady Charger Invitational

GUTHRIE CENTER — The Prairie City-Monroe girls’ track and field team won seven events at the Lady Charger Invitational on Thursday.

Unfortunately, it took eight wins to claim the team title.

The Mustangs added two runner-up finishes and four bronze medals to their night and scored 147 points, finishing third overall.

Panorama was six points better as the team champion, finishing with 153 points. Host ACGC was second with 152 points. The fourth-place team, Nodaway Valley, was 84 points back of PCM.

“We continue to be extremely excited about the depth this team continues to show us,” PCM coach Bridget Martin said. “We have had multiple girls continue to step up and show us what they are capable of. When looking at what girls can help us in what events, it’s a good problem to have when you see multiple possibilities.”

The Mustangs won four relays and three individual events.

Senior Ashley Miller was part of four wins. She finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.46 seconds.

She anchored both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to wins. She was the second runner for the victorious 4x400 relay.

The 4x100 relay included sophomores Sierra Foster and Lexi Kuecker, freshman Margo Chipps and Miller, and the foursome finished in 52.75 seconds.

Foster, Chipps and Miller ran on the 4x200 relay team with sophomore Regan Freland. That foursome won with a season-best time of 1 minute, 50.67 seconds, which currently ranks second in Class 2A.

The winning 4x400 relay team included junior Paytan Schut, Miller, sophomore Kate McCarthy and Foster. The team finished with a personal-best time of 4:16.36. That time also ranks second in 2A.

“Tonight was a total team effort,” Martin said. “The support we saw from teammates giving to each other across the board tonight was great to see. We finished third but we scored 147 points, which in most cases that many points wins a meet.”

The shuttle hurdle relay team also won the gold medal. The foursome of Chips, freshman Maybelle Smith, Kuecker and junior Megan Cowman finished with a season-best time of 1:12.16. That time sits seventh in 2A.

Foster won the 200 in a personal-best time of 27.45 seconds. Chipps was the winner in the 400 hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:10.49, which currently ranks fourth in 2A.

The two runner-up finishes were in relays.

The 4x800 relay grabbed the silver medal with a season-best time of 10:47.04. That foursome included Schut, McCarthy, sophomore Klaire Jungling and junior Sayde White.

The distance medley relay team of freshman Emma Houser, Freland, sophomore Hannah McCarthy and senior Baylee Smith finished second with a time of 4:49.81.

“The most excited part of results tonight is we still have so much room to grow,” Martin said. “There are things here and there that need to be fine tuned and tweaked. That is a good problem to have when you are having success and seeing times continuing to drop and distances continuing to improve.”

Smith was third in the 3,000 with a time of 12:22.66, Cowman was third in the 100 hurdles in 17.4 seconds and freshman Celeste Wagaman collected the bronze in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches.

The sprint medley relay team finished third. The unit of freshman Kassidy Block, Houser, Freland and Hannah McCarthy crossed the finish line in 2:02.75.

PCM competes at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Gilbert.

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