North Cedar girls ready for state track and field meet

HS journalism: Knights hope to shine in Des Moines

North Cedar’s Leah Crock is a state qualifier in the shot put. (Elizabeth Lovell/North Cedar freshman)
North Cedar’s Leah Crock is a state qualifier in the shot put. (Elizabeth Lovell/North Cedar freshman)

CLARENCE — The North Cedar’s girls’ track and field team is hopefully a team you’ve heard about.

If not already familiar with it, you may be soon.

The track season feels like it just started, but in the blink of an eye the season is coming to a close.

“Our team is built on a strong team concept where we all prepare and work year-round to be the best athletes we can possibly be,” Coach Kirk Ketelsen said. “The girls in the program become strong, independent and responsible young women. Our positive community makes it easier for our season to be enjoyable. We believe in each other and that empowers us to do our best.”

The team dominates not only in the River Valley Conference, but the entire Class 2A state.

Junior Grace Proesch ranks fourth in 2A in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.28 and second in the 400 dash with a 58.81, according to Quik Stats. Junior Darby Hawtrey is fourth in high jump with a jump of 5-feet, 5 inches. In the relay events, the 1,600 team of Martha Jesuit, Cassie Cox, Tessa Fields and Poresch ranks first with a time of 4:03.17; the 800 sprint medley relay is second with a best of 1:51.66, with Brittyn Wilhau, Jesuit, Cox and Proesch; the 3,200 relay team is fourth in 9:52.42 with Proesch, Fields, Cox and Sadie Brown; and the 1,600 distance medley team of Jesuit, Hawtrey, Proesch and Cox ranks second in 4:17.96.

The Knight did well at the Drake Relays in April in a field where small schools have a hard time even qualifying. North Cedar took Nicole Sander in shot put, Hawtrey in high jump, the 800 sprint medley team of Wilhau, Jesuit, Cox and Proesch, the 400 relay team of Wilhau, Hawtrey, Kiara Musser, Lexus Crist, and the 1,600 team of Jesuit, Cox, Fields and Grace Proesch.

The team is not finished yet. The state track meet starts Thursday and the North Cedar girls are planning to make their mark.

The Knights will be taking Hawtrey and Crist in high jump, Sander in discus and Leah Crock in shot put. Proesch will run the 200 dash and Cox and Proesch are in the 400 dash. Cox also will run the 800 and Fields the 400 hurdles. In the relays, the 400 team of Wilhau, Hawtrey, Andrea Wachendorf and Crist will compete along with the shuttle hurdle team of Hawtrey, Jesuit, Wachendorf and Fields, the 1,600 team of Jesuit, Cox, Fields and Proesch and the 800 sprint medley team of Wilhau, Jesuit, Cox and Proesch.


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