Several personal records highlighted Maquoketa Valley’s 12th-place performance at the West Delaware Invitational, April 22.
“Most of our kids had PRs at this meet,” coach Creig Dunlap glowed. “There was some very good competition there. I felt like the girls were a little more focused at this meet and did a nice job getting mentally and physically prepared to compete. In particular, very good events for us were the 4x100 and 4x400 as well as the sprint med and although we didn’t win any of these events, we had some big improvements including a seven-second PR in the 4x400.
“In the shot, Erin Knipper had a great night consistently throwing in the 30s but rattling off a monster of a throw of 33-8. Taya Tucker had a nice night in the long jump making finals and finishing with a career-best 15-0 jump.”
MV’s 4x100 crew of Lily Huber, Leah Ries, Ella Mensen and McKenna Thompson finished third (54.10) as did the sprint medley team of Huber, Payton Beaman, Emma Richter and Amaya Hunt (1:59.58).
Ries was fifth in the 100-hurdles (17.36). In the 4x400, Mensen, Huber, Beaman and Hunt placed fifth (4:30.88).
MV placed sixth in three events: 400 — Hunt (1:03.87); long jump — Tucker (15-0); and shot put — Knipper (33-8).
Mensen tied for eighth in the high jump (4-2).
Denver won the title at West Delaware with 112 points. Central Elkader was second (55), Independence third (53.5), Marion fourth (52), Western Dubuque fifth (49), Vinton-Shellsburg sixth (44), West Delaware seventh (42), Beckman eighth (40), LaPorte City Union ninth (37.5), Cascade 10th (35), Dike-New Hartford 11th (31), Maquoketa Valley and Edgewood-Colesburg 12th (19).