Waukon girls track team finishes sixth at NEIC Meet, seventh at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet behind trio of qualifications for State Meet


At-large qualification with third-place high jump finish ... Waukon girls track senior Ellec Armstead clears the high jump bar at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 10. Armstead jumped 5’0” to finish third at the meet and earn an at-large berth in this week’s State Track Meet.

State qualifier with runner-up throw ... Waukon girls track freshman Annika Headington powers out a throw at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 10. Headington recorded a toss of 36’3” to earn runner-up honors at the meet and automatic qualification for this week’s State Meet.

Headington automatic in shot put; 4x800 and Armstead in high jump earn at-large State Meet berths

The Waukon girls track team competed in its two most important meets of the season within four nights of one another, bringing the 2018 track season to an end for many of its team members but proving to extend that season for a small handful of Lady Indians. The track Tribe opened the week by placing sixth at the Northeast Iowa Conference Meet hosted by Charles City Monday, May 7 after that meet had been postponed from Thursday, May 3 by stormy weather.

The Lady Indians then competed to end or extend their season at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Osage High School Thursday, May 10, the track Tribe placing seventh as a team but having three events advance on to this season’s State Track Meet. Those qualifications for the season grand finale include freshman Annika Headington in the shot put, sophomore Ellec Armstead in the high jump and the 4x800 relay crew of senior Lauren Elliott and freshmen Bailey Shafer, Maddy Waters and Regan Griffith. Further details about their State Meet competition later this week in Des Moines appear elsewhere on these Sports pages in a shaded box in the print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

NEIC Meet ...
The Indian track girls wrapped up their regular season schedule with the Northeast Iowa Conference Meet held Monday, May 7 at Charles City after stormy weather postponed the meet from its original Thursday, May 3 date. The Lady Indians managed seven top-five event finishes to place sixth in the final seven-team standings at the meet with 22 points.

TEAM SCORES
Decorah 189; Crestwood 114; New Hampton 100; Charles City 85; Waverly-Shell Rock 62; WAUKON 22; Oelwein 16

JV TEAM SCORES
Waverly-Shell Rock 24; Decorah 16; Oelwein 14; Crestwood 14; Charles City 12; WAUKON 7; New Hampton 4

State Qualifying Meet ...
The Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Osage Thursday, May 10 meant the end of the 2018 track season for many of the track and field athletes competing there. That proved to be the case for a majority of the Waukon girls track team, but for a handful of individuals in three different events, it proved to be a leap pad to every track and field athlete’s ultimate destination, as the Lady Indians qualified three events for the season grand finale State Track Meet to help lead the way to 56 team points and a seventh-place team finish in the meet’s 12-team field.

TEAM SCORES
Sumner-Fredericksburg 124.5; New Hampton 108; Osage 88; Forest City 82; Denver 67; North Fayette Valley 57; WAUKON 56; Central Springs 45; Hampton-Dumont 44.5; Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 35; Lake Mills 20; Oelwein 14

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