Despite a smaller squad than normal, the South Tama girls track and field team came very close to winning the Saydel Invitational on Saturday.
STC was missing some of its roster, because of dance recitals and ACT exams. In all, the Lady Trojans were missing 13 girls at the meet and a few others only competed in a portion of the meet.
However, the Lady Trojans came within 10 points of winning the meet. Des Moines Christian won the meet with 106 points. Saydel was runner-up with 98 and STC was third with 97 team points.
"Going into it, we knew about one-third of our team was gone," coach George Corum said. "We went in with the idea of putting together the best line-up we could. It came down to the wire and it was so close. It was a meet that was kind of cut throat where everybody was stealing points from everybody. We were in the thick of it and we were winning it more than halfway through it. All in all, it's great to be in the fight."
South Tama was led by strong performances in the field events Saturday. The Lady Trojans went 1-2 in the shot put and long jump, scored 46 of their 97 points in the field events.
Samantha Holtz and Kaleigh Sieck placed first and second in the shot put. They threw 32 feet, 5.75 inches and 29-8.25. Holtz also won the discus with a throw of 113-10.
Norwalk Relays results
100 2. Rohach, 13.82; 3. Tyynismaa, 13.87
200 6. Rohach, 27.85; 7. Tyynismaa, 28.39
400 8. Balvin, 1:06.85; Bacon, 1:08.13
800 8. Kupka, 2:42.41; Ellenbecker, 2:50.08
1,500 7. Kupka, 5:35.65; Ellenbecker, 5:39.73
3,000 3. Ellenbecker, 12:00.74; Filloon, 14:31.54
100 hurdles Wise, 19.3; Craun, 19.41
400 hurdles Keller, 1:21.35; Hala, 1:23.34
4x100 relay 8. Bradley, Rohach, Culbertson, Sieck - 55.57
4x200 relay 3. Bradley, Culbertson, Tyynismaa, Berry 1:55.63
4x400 relay 5. Tyynismaa, Magpie, Bacon, Bradley 4:26.41
4x800 relay 5. Kupka, Bacon, Walz, Ellenbecker 10:56.61
Sprint Medley 4. Sieck, Berry, Culbertson, Balvin 2:03.83
Distance Medley 2. Culbertson, Berry, Magpie, Kupka 4:42.85
Shot Put 4. Sieck, 33-10.5; 6. Holtz, 32-11.75
Discus 1. Holtz, 122-8; Walz, 67-3
High Jump 5. Bacon, 4-8; Starits, 4-6
Long Jump 1. Bradley, 15-6.5; 2. Rohach, 15-6
In the long jump, Shelby Bradley and Riley Craun also went 1-2. Bradley leaped 14-9.25 and Craun was second with a mark of 14-2.5. Madie Bacon also placed second in the high jump by clearing a height of 4-10.
The Lady Trojans also won the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 11:40.69. The team members wer Trisha Walz, Madie Bacon, Naomi Hoskey and Lacey Crain.
"It was a great opportunity for the other girls to run a lot," Corum said. "It was neat to have everybody participate in the way they did. I think the girls that were there knew they were so close to winning it. If we could have gone down with a full team, I think we could have won it by 40 points."
Bacon and Paige Balvin finished second and third in the 400-meter run. The STC shuttle hurdle relay team of Bradley, Sieck, Julie Wise and Craun placed third.
"The girls that we had there did a really good job," Corum said. "It was tough competition. You tend to look at what could have been, but you have to look at what we did, which was pretty impressive."
Last Monday, the Lady Trojans competed at the Norwalk Relays and placed fifth out of nine teams. However, Corum said the team finish didn't show how well the Lady Trojans competed that day.
"It was a very competitive meet," Corum said. "The overall team standings didn't reflect on how well our team competed. We had some other schools that were really impressed with us and I was really excited about that. I felt like our girls put it out on the line. We didn't run a full event schedule, but with what we had, we competed extremely tough. We had 21 PRs."
At Norwalk, Bradley and Jade Rohach finished first and second in the long jump with marks of 15-6.5 and 15-6. Holtz again won the discus as she threw it 122-8. Sieck finished third in the shot put with a mark of 33-10.5.
"Shelby and Jade have really been coming on," Corum said. "Shelby had a little scratch on a jump that was in the 16s. Jade had a jump of 15-6 and had the whole board yet. The Prairie City Monroe was standing next to me and he said, 'That was a 16-foot jump.' So people are starting to notice.
"Sam Holtz had a great throw in the discus," he said. "I think she is sitting third in our class. She is about 13th for Drake Relays. It was a great throw for her."
On the track, STC scored in almost every event. Taylor Ellenbecker finished third in the 3,000-meter run, running 12:00.14. Rohach and Belle Tyynismaa placed second and third in the 100-meter dash. The STC distance medley team of Kiley Culbertson, Nicole Berry, Samantha Magpie and Kelsey Kupka finished runner-up. Meanwhile, the 4x200-meter relay team of Bradley, Culbertson, Tyynismaa and Berry placed third.
"Our distance medley ran extremely well," Corum said. "I think they knocked off eight seconds. Kelsey Kupka ran lights out. She put two 800s back-to-back, in a short recovery time, that were very good. Sometimes it's not always about time, but it's about positioning. Taylor Ellenbecker finished third against two of the two distance runners in the state.
"What's impressive about this whole thing is we ran a really good meet at Knoxville," he added. "Then we have one day off and came right back against this competition. Like I said, the fifth place doesn't indicate how well we ran. It was impressive."
South Tama was scheduled to run at Bondurant on Monday and Montezuma on Tuesday before hosting its home invitational on Thursday.