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Last Thursday marked the last chance for the Mount Ayr Track and Field teams to qualify for the Drake Relays at Drake University in Des Moines April 27-30.
The Raiders and Raiderettes traveled to Stuart for the West Central Valley Wildcat Relays and were almost through the event before storms moved into the area and canceled the second event of the season for Mount Ayr.
Overall, Mount Ayr will take five events to the Blue Oval at Drake University, with Ryce Reynolds qualifying in the 400 meter hurdles, Addy Reynolds in the 400 meter dash, Ryce Reynolds in the 400 meter dash, the Raider 1600 distance medley team of Austin Cole, Jaydon Knight, Ryce Reynolds and Adler Shay and the Raiderette 4×100 team of Payten Lambert, Jaxy Knight, Kaylie Shields and Addy Reynolds.
The Raiders saw one lone win and podium by the distance medley team of Cole, Knight, Reynolds and Shay with a time of 3:38.01.
The Raiderettes saw one gold finish on the night with Addy Reynolds in the 100 meter dash, running a 13.13, but the Raiderettes were in the top three in multiple events.
Reynolds took second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.1; the 4×200 team of Aubree Clark, MaKenna Jones, Kaylie Shields and Jaxy Knight took second overall with a time of 1:55.96; the 4×800 team of Kyleigh Conklin, Karly Elwood, Karlie Larsen and Anne Newton took third with a time of 11:40.92; the sprint medley team of Kaylie Shields, Knight, Ashlyn Murphy and MaKenna Jones took third with a time of 2:03.84; the distance medley team of Clark, Madison Shields, Murphy and Maddie Stewart took second with a time of 5:04.61; the shuttle hurdle team of Tegan Streit, Stewart, Kacee Klommhaus and Ryleigh Haveman took second; and Zoey Larsen wrapped things up with a third place finish in the shot put with a throw of 30-03.5.
“It was a great night for both teams. We went to this meet with our eyes set on running fast times to see what we could qualify for the Drake Relays on this last night,” said coach Brad Elliott. “We also saw some really nice performances that we intend on using as we prepare for the Pride of Iowa meet coming up.”