Western Dubuque’s girls’ track team won the Beckman Co-Ed Invitational, April 9, after taking runner-up honors at the Dubuque Senior Women’s Tri-State Invitational, April 6.
“We could not be happier with how things went last week,” said coach Josie Limmex.
At Beckman, Audrey Biermann won the 100-meter dash in 12.57 and ran away from the field in the 400, setting a new Western Dubuque school record with a 57. 84 finish. The 4x100 relay team of Erica Ernzen, Sammy Recker, Ella Schindler and Biermann won in 52.38, and the 4x200 foursome of Schindler, Recker, Brynn Walters and Ernzen was first in 1:53.29.
Setting a new standard in the 400 has been a goal for Biermann early in the year.
“It feels really good. I put in a lot of work and all of my teammates put in a lot of work,” Biermann said. “We all work together. It feels really good — it’s an accomplishment I wanted. It’s a huge milestone for me. I’ve been pushing to get the school record for a while. I really want to push hard at Drake Relays and just hope for the best at State.”
“This amazing time is a Blue Standard that automatically qualifies her for the Drake Relays,” said Limmex.
The Bobcats took the team title with 128.5 points. Northeast was second at 113. Dubuque Senior was third (90.5), North Fayette fourth (69), Monticello fifth (59.5), Beckman sixth (48.5), Maquoketa seventh (42), Waterloo West eighth (39), West Delaware ninth (32), Turkey Valley 10th (30), Oelwein 11th (26), Bellevue Marquette 12th (18), Camanche 13th (18), Edgewood-Colesburg 14th (12), Kee 15th (8) and Waterloo Columbus 16th (4).
“At a meet with 16 teams, our girls pulled together and won the meet,” Limmex said. “It’s our first first-place finish of the season. This is a great testament to how every girl on the team is pulling their weight as we go through the season.”
Elly Burds took second in the 800 (2:31.09) and Lily Boge was second at 3000 (11:29.4). Lauren Klein, Alyssa Klein, Gabby Kaiser and Burds placed second in the 4x800 (10:18.47).
The Bobcats placed third in four events: 800 — Gabby Kaiser (2:38.14); 1500 — Alyssa Klein 5:20.31); Discus — Abigail Kluesner (106-3); Sprint medley — Erica Ernzen, Schindler, Recker and Ashley Willenborg (2:00.97).
Ava Ramler was fourth in the 200 (28.63), Maddy Maahs fourth in the discus (102-5). In the distance medley Ramler, Willenborg, Ava Goins and Boge were fourth (4:51.24) as was the shuttle hurdle of Ella Clark, Jessica Veach, Audrey Frommelt and Maci Wessels (1:21.91).
Clark was fifth in the high jump (4-6) and Veach, Kierynn McKenna, Isabel Ernzen and Goins were fifth in the 4x400 (4:39.22).
Walters was sixth in the 100 (13.56), Willenborg sixth in the 200 (28.56), Erica Ernzen sixth in the long jump (13-7.75). Lauren Klein was seventh in the 1,500 (5:33.75) and Walters eighth in the long jump (13-1.75). Mallory Feldmann was eighth in the 400 (1:09.29).
At Dubuque Senior, Wahlert won the team title with 138.5 and Western Dubuque was a strong second at 104.5. Dubuque Hempstead was third (92), Decorah fourth (85.5), Northeast fifth (75), Senior sixth (70.5), Waterloo East seventh (40), Cascade eighth (36), Monticello ninth (29), West Delaware 10th (25), Bellevue 11th (20), Bellevue Marquette 12th (18) and Clinton 13th (5).
“Every relay ran a personal best for the season,” Limmex said. “The girls took advantage and really got after it.”
The Bobcats took gold in two events: Biermann in the 100 (12.83) and Erica Ernzen, Schindler, Recker and Biermann in the sprint medley (1:50.51).
Western Dubuque was second in four events: discus — Kluesner (104-20); 4x200 — Schindler, Recker, Meredith Bahl and Biermann (1:48.37); 4x400 — Bahl, Lauren Klein, Birds, Biermann (4:14.88); distance medley — Erica Ernzen, Walters, Willenborg, Boge (4:42.6).
Lauren Klein, Alyssa Klein, Kaiser and Burds were third in the 4x800 (10:01.6), Maahs third in the discus (92-6) and the shot put (33-4.5).
Finishing fourth were: 800 — Burds (2:30.69); 3000 — Boge (11:32.88); and long jump — Erica Ernzen (16-0.5).
Taryn Penney was fifth in the shot put (33-3.25), Bahl was sixth in the high jump (4-8), and Alyssa Klein sixth in the 1,500 (5:10.64). The Bobcats finished seventh in three events: 400 — Ramler (1:11.06); 800 — Kaiser (2:38.36); and long jump — Natalie Ulrichs (14-11.5). Lauren Klein was eighth in the 1,500 (5:18.65).