Audrey Biermann’s second-place finish in the 400-meter dash was the highlight of an impressive day for Western Dubuque girls’ track at the 2021 Drake Relays, in Des Moines, April 22.

“At Drake, we couldn’t have been happier with the performances,” Bobcat coach Josie Limmex said. “We told the girls to focus on their goals.”

Biermann’s time of 56.99 in the 400 trailed only Ainsley Erzen, of Carlisle, whose 56.28 was good for the win.

“Audrey broke her own school record,” Limmex said. “With her competitive attitude, I have a feeling that will be broken again.”

Biermann also earned a seventh-place finish in the 100, with a time of 12.79, as Holly Duax, of Sioux City West, won a tight race in 12.34.

The Bobcats competed in the four sprint relays. A fifth-place finish by Erica Ernzen, Ella Schindler, Sammy Recker and Biermann in the sprint medley(1:50.32) was the top Western Dubuque finish.

The Bobcats were 18th in the 4x200 with Schindler, Recker, Meredith Bahl and Biermann (1:48.01). Bahl, Lauren Klein, Jessica Veach and Elly Burds were 23rd in the 4x400 (4:20.1) and Schindler, Recker, Brynn Walters and Ernzen finished 42nd in the 4x100 (52.67).

“We had season-best times in the 100, 4x200 and sprint medley,” said Limmex.

The Bobcats also competed at the West Delaware Relays, in Manchester, April 22.

Denver took the team title at 112, Central Elkader was second with 55, Independence third with 53.5 and Marion took fourth at 52.

Western Dubuque’s 49 points were good for fifth, followed by Vinton-Shellsburg (44), West Delaware (42), Beckman (40), LaPorte City Union (37.5), Cascade (35), Dike-New Hartford (31), Maquoketa Valley (19) and Edgewood-Colesburg (19).

“Even without 10 of our athletes, we ended up placing fifth out of a field of over 15 teams,” explained Limmex. “We had so many personal records and season bests for those girls I couldn’t be happier. Thursday was a very productive day.”

Maddy Maahs was the lone Western Dubuque winner, taking the discus with a toss of 108-9. Abigail Kluesner was a close second at 108-1.

Lily Boge was second in the 1,500 (5:18.79) and third in the 3,000 (11:16.71). Maahs was fourth in the shot put (34-8) and Gabby Kaiser was fourth at 800 meters in 2:37.03.

Mallory Feldmann, Natalie Leisen, Ava Goins and Ava Ramler were fourth in the 4x200 (1:55.9), while Ramler, Leisen, Ella Clark and Kaiser finished fourth in the sprint medley (1:59.06). The 4x100 team of Megan Sauter, Clark, Feldmann and Ramler was sixth (54.92) and Leisen was seventh in the long jump (14-4.5).