Lady Hawks win Landers-Loomis Relays on home track
Racking up first places in 7 of the 14 events contested at the Landers-Loomis Relays, the Oregon girls track and field team dominated Tuesday's meet.
The Lady Hawks scored 114 points to win by a large margin over Winnebago (73) and Byron (64). Pecatonica-Durand and Dakota were fourth and fifth.
“I’m surprised, especially after being disqualified (bad handoff) in the 3 x 200 relay,” Oregon coach Lynn Ahlgrim said. “We have a few things to work one, such as handoffs, but we brought we needed to win.”
Instead of the usual four-person relays, Landers-Loomis races have three runners.
"It’s such a crazy meet like that,” Ahlgrim said. “Next year we are going to a regular meet and run it A-B-C.”
In the 300 relay, Whitney Long, Cydney Long and Devyn Absher combined for a winning time of 40.14, though later DQ’d in the 3 x 200. In the first-place 3 x 300 hurdles (2:50), it was Ryan Starkey, Kacey Koch and Sam Judge.
“Sam ran well for not having done them,” Ahlgrim said.
In a close 3 x 800 race with Winnebago, Lexy Walker, Abby Newman and Jenn Rogers took first with an 8:17 compared to 8:23 for ‘Bago.
Byron won the 3,200 team race, but Kelci Foss turned in a PR of 13:22.
In the field events, also scored a combined 3-person team, it was Oregon with big wins in the high jump (Whitney Long, Foss and Walker) and pole vault (Hannah Wilmarth, Kelsey Pudlas, and Starkey).
The margin was even larger in the shot put (23-feet difference), as Shannon Cullen had an effort of 16'4" to pace her team of Lexi Shaw and Carly Stephens. In the discus, Gabi Ramirez, Maddie Mongan and Shaw won with a combined throw of 264-feet, led by the 102-feet by Ramirez.
“I was just glad to get a meet in without the weather being a problem,” Ahlgrim said. “We did what we needed to and had a strong performance.”