Jefferson's Autumn Anderson takes a shot at the 600, and nails it

Girls' track and field: Jefferson senior expanding her horizons

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CEDAR FALLS — Autumn Anderson found a new race she loved, a race she may never run again.

“I did (the 600 meters) at track camp last year,” said Anderson, a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. "I was nervous. But it was exciting, and I really liked it.”

They ran the 600 at the Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ indoor meet Tuesday night at the UNI-Dome. And Anderson ruled it, in 1 minute, 39.91 seconds.

Anderson was part of Jefferson’s elite sprint crew last year, but with Jasmine Blue and Abilene Ranschau graduated, that might mean a change in role.

“I’m kind of in the middle of the 400s and 800s,” she said, “I’d like to take a shot at qualifying (for the Drake Relays) in the 800. I’m kind of excited, but a little scared.

“It’s really different not having (Blue and Ranschau) around, but I think we’re set up to have a good year.”

Anderson built a winning margin of more than 4 seconds in the 600, then led off the J-Hawks’ 1,600-meter relay, which won in 4:11.55 (nearly 6 seconds ahead of the field).

Team scores were not kept Tuesday, but it was clear that Iowa City West was the cream of the crop.

The Women of Troy won six of 18 events, and Valerie Welch was part of four of them.

Welch captured the long jump (17 feet, 7 1/2 inches) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.80 seconds), and anchored West’s winning shuttle hurdle relay (38.25) and 400-meter relay (50.90).

Bailey Nock added a title in the 3,000 in an effort of 10:25.50 that ranks No. 1 in the state.

Nock was a state cross country champion last fall, but was disappointed with her 10:58 effort at the Dickinson Relays here last week.

“This was a chance to rewind and bounce back,” she said. “I was motivated to run a fast time, because there are limited chances to qualify for Drake.

“Cross country and track, they’re two completely different things. Every race is a new race.”

West’s Chandler Haight was the shot put champion at 40 feet, 8 inches.

Linn-Mar assembled two winning quartets — the 3,200-meter relay won in 10:05.06, then anchor Payton Wensel ran away from the field to give the Lions the sprint medley title in 1:53.28.

Other area winners were Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Katie Beer in the high jump (5-0) and Iowa City High’s Anna Lindower in the 1,500 (5:10.45).

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD: MVC INDOOR

At Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)

No Team Scoring

Shot put — 1. Chandler Haight (ICW), 40-8; 2. Megan Gronau (DH), 35-3 1/2; 3. Haile Cook (CRJ), 34-10; High jump — 1. Katie Beer (CRK), 5-0; 2. Skyler Presler (LM), 5-0; 3. Grace Gudenkauf (DS), 4-10; Long jump — 1. Valerie Welch (ICW), 17-7 1/2; 2. Kitra Bell (ICW), 17-5; 3. Arianna Rolle (LM), 16-6.

3,000 — 1. Bailey Nock (ICW), 10:25.50; 2. Gabby Skopec (ICW), 10:33.75; 3. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 10:38.16; 3,200 relay — 1. Linn-Mar, 10:05.06; 2. Cedar Falls, 10:23.02; 3. Dubuque Hempstead, 10:39.89; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Iowa City West, 38.25; 2. Iowa City West. 41.09; 3. Linn-Mar, 41.41; Distance medley relay — 1. Dubuque Senior, 4:35.98; 2. Waterloo West, 4:38.00; 3. C.R. Prairie, 4:39.52; 60 — 1. Alanna Muhammad (WE), 7.63; 2. Jill Bennett (LM), 7.91; 3. Emma Cooper (ICH), 7.94; 400 — 1. Kerris Roberts (WE), 1:03.00; 2. Nina Marquardt (CRX), 1:05.77; 3. Jada Golden-Smith (CF), 1:05.85; 800 relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:49.06; 2. Iowa City High, 1:52.72; 3. Waterloo West, 1:53.46; 60 hurdles — 1. Valerie Welch (ICW), 8.80; 2. MiAsia Bergmann (CRJ), 8.96; 3. Peyton Steva (ICW), 9.19; 800 — 1. Mackenzie Michaels (CF), 2:22.30; 2. Gabby Skopec (ICW), 2:29.63; 3. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 2:32.38; 600 — 1. Autumn Anderson (CRJ), 1:39.91; 2. MaKayla Belew (CRJ), 1:44.04; 3. Paige Kvale (CF), 1:45.68; 200 — 1. Alanna Muhammad (WE), 27.07; 2. Katie Severt (ICW), 27.62; 3. Shamya Jenkins (WE), 27.88; Sprint medley relay — 1. Linn-Mar, 1:53.28; 2. Dubuque Senior, 1:58.59; 3. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:59.47; 1,500 — 1. Anna Lindower (ICH), 5:10.45; 2. Emily Bywater (ICH), 5:11.44; 3. Olivia Moore (ICW), 5:15.99; 400 relay — 1. Iowa City West, 50.90; 2. Waterloo West, 52.33; 3. C.R. Prairie, 53.70; 1,600 relay — 1. C.R. Jefferson, 4:11.55; 2. Cedar Falls, 4:17.35; 3. Dubuque Wahlert, 4:25.69.

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