Kee girls track team battles through most difficult week in strong fashion


Championship leap ... Kee girls track junior Nicki Wood sails to the event championship in the long jump at the Waukon Early Bird Invitational Tuesday, April 11. Wood knocked on the door of the 16-foot mark with a winning leap of 15’11”.

Leads a one-two sister sweep ... Kee girls track junior Kendra Cooper unleashes a discus toss to claim the individual title in that event at the Waukon Early Bird Invitational Tuesday, April 11. Cooper launched the discus 104’10” to pace the event’s entire field as well as a one-two Cooper sister sweep of the event, as senior sister Courtney Cooper finished second in the event with a toss of 95’4”.

The Kee girls track team worked its way through its most difficult week of the season, both in competition and otherwise. A schedule of three track meets in four nights proved difficult enough, but the Lady Hawks also mixed in their final farewells to a fallen former teammate, last season’s lone senior on the track team Erin Rud. Despite that most difficult week, the Kee track girls battled their way to a second-place finish at the West Central Invitational hosted by Oelwein High School Monday, April 10 before finishing fourth in a limited slate at the Waukon Early Bird Invitational Tuesday, April 11 and then finishing up the week in third place at the MFL/MarMac Invitational Thursday, April 13, setting a couple school records along the way.

The Lady Hawks are next scheduled to compete at the Crestwood Invitational Tuesday, April 18 before hosting their own home invitational Thursday, April 20, details of which can be found in a shaded box on these same Sports pages. The Kee tracksters will then compete at Clayton Ridge Tuesday, April 25 before returning to MFL/MarMac Thursday, April 27.

West Central Invitational ...
The Lady Hawks continued their strong early-season showing, finishing in fifth place or better in all but four events they competed in at the West Central Invitational hosted by Oelwein High School Monday, April 10. Those high-end Kee finishes were fueled by five individual championship efforts that paced the Hawks to 106 team points and a second-place team finish.

MFL/MarMac Invitational ...
Competing in their third meet in just four nights during a very difficult week, Kee’s lady tracksters didn’t seem to let that phase them at all, finishing in the top two of more than half of the events they competed in at the MFL/MarMac Invitational Thursday, April 13 and setting a pair of new school records along the way. Of those top-end finishes, five of them included event championships to help pace the Lady Hawks to 116 team points and a third-place team finish in the final eight-team standings.

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