Perry girls track visits Ballard Relays Friday

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Star Love grabs the baton from Alejandra Rivera during the distance medley relay in Jefferson April 19.

HUXLEY — Missing key pieces due to a dual date with soccer, and without thrower Taylor Lathrum due to an ankle injury, the Perry girls track team struggled to scored Friday at the Ballard Relays.

South Tama County edged Gilbert, 141-137, for the team win in the Class A portion of the meet. North Polk was a close third at 132 points, with Ballard (61), Iowa Falls-Alden (59), Des Moines Lincoln (40) and Perry (17) rounding out the field.

Grace Stewart dropped her personal best time in the 3000 in 11 minutes, 44.29 seconds in placing fourth in the event. She was fifth in the 800 in 2:45.91 and joined Sid Vancil, Emma Olejniczak and Breanna Penenger for fifth in the 4×400 in 4:40.33.
Penenger had run a personal best 1:19.03 to place sixth in the 400 low hurdles, with Olejniczak crossing fifth in the 400 in 1:06.66.
Perry was fifth in the 4×800 (12:11.86) and distance medley (4:54.9), with Haileigh Kenyon, Alejandra Rivera, Joselyn Carrillo and Star Love running the former and Emma Humpal, Isabel Saemisch, Penenger and Vancil the latter.
Kenyon, Humpal, Saemisch and Damaris Robles were sixth in the 4×200 (2:08.13), with Kenyon, Humpal, Saemisch and Rivera sixth in the sprint medley (2:15.03).
“It will be nice to have the entire track team together next week (no soccer conflicts) at North Polk (Thursday) and Saturday’s conference meet at Bondurant,” Jayette head coach Matt Hardy said.

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