Prep Track and Field

Girls' track & field 2018: Area teams to watch

Cascade, Sigourney are defending state champions in 2A, 1A

Sigourney’s winning Class 1A shuttle hurdle relay team (from left): Sloane Magill, Autum Barthelman, Leah Carter and Summer Barthelman celebrate their win at the 2017 state track meet. Every key piece returns for the Savages, who won the 1A girls’ title with 48 points last season. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Sigourney’s winning Class 1A shuttle hurdle relay team (from left): Sloane Magill, Autum Barthelman, Leah Carter and Summer Barthelman celebrate their win at the 2017 state track meet. Every key piece returns for the Savages, who won the 1A girls’ title with 48 points last season. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Area girls’ track and field teams to watch for the 2018 season:

Benton Community

Coach: Marty Thomae

2017 state meet: 5th in Class 3A, 44 points (44 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Grace Martensen, jr. (1st, 100 hurdles; 1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 2nd, 800 relay; 3rd, 400 relay)

Elizabeth Masten, sr. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 2nd, 800 relay; 3rd, 400 relay; 7th, 100)

Laura Maschino, sr. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 7th, sprint medley relay)

Mallory Thys, soph. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay)

Ellie Masten, sr. (2nd, 800 relay; 3rd, 400 relay; 5th, 100; 7th, sprint medley relay)

Shelby Hulsebus, sr. (2nd, 800 relay; 7th, 400; 7th, sprint medley relay)

Gabbi Garman, sr. (3rd, 400 relay; 7th, sprint medley relay)

Cascade

Coach: Tim Frake

2017 state meet: Class 2A champion, 65 points (27.25 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Anne Ryan, sr. (1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 800 relay; 1st, 400 relay; 4th, sprint medley relay)

Rachel Trumm, sr. (1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 800 relay; 4th, sprint medley relay; 5th, 1,600 relay)

Molly McElmeel, soph. (1st, 400 relay)

Brittany Koppes, sr. (2nd, shuttle hurdle relay)

Marie Knepper, jr. (4th, 3,200 relay; 5th, 1,600 relay)

Abby Welter, soph. (4th, 3,200 relay; 5th, 1,600 relay)

Madeline Rhomberg, jr. (4th, 3,200 relay; 8th, 1,500)

Decorah

Coaches: Brad Johansen and Cristy Nimrod

2017 state meet: 4th in Class 3A, 47 points (38 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Katie Nimrod, sr. (1st, 400 hurdles; 1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 1,600 relay; 5th, 3,200 relay)

Sarah Mikkelson, sr. (1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 1,600 relay; 5th, 3,200 relay; 6th, 800 relay)

Brooke Berns, soph. (1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 1,600 relay; 5th, sprint medley relay; 6th, 800 relay)

Rose Gullekson, jr. (5th, sprint medley relay; 6th, 800 relay; 7th, 400 relay)

Brynne Valkosky, sr. (5th, sprint medley relay; 7th, 400 relay)

Jenna Galligan, sr. (5th, 3,200 relay)

Shayla Betts, soph. (5th, 3,200 relay)

Rylea Ranum, sr. (6th, 800 relay)

Hailey Nierling, sr. (7th, shot put)

Iowa City West

Coach: Mike Parker

2017 state meet: Class 4A runner-up, 89 points (45.5 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Bailey Nock, sr. (1st, 3,000; 1st, 1,500; 1st, distance medley relay; 4th, 800)

Kitra Bell, sr. (1st, distance medley relay; 6th, long jump)

Peyton Steva, jr. (1st, distance medley relay)

Chandler Haight, sr. (2nd, shot put)

Deniz Ince, jr. (7th, 800)

Linn-Mar

Coach: Nathan Hopp

2017 state meet: 4th in Class 4A, 44 points (43 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Payton Wensel, sr. (1st, 400; 2nd, 400 hurdles; 2nd, sprint medley relay)

Jill Bennett, jr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 5th, 100; 5th, 400 relay)

Ariana Rolle, sr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 5th, 400 relay; 7th, long jump)

Skyler Presler, soph. (2nd, high jump)

Olivia Hubler, sr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 5th, 400 relay)

Mid-Prairie

Coach: Chris Tyler

2017 state meet: Class 2A runner-up, 58 points (56 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Anna Hostetler, sr. (1st, 3,000; 1st, 800; 1st, 1,500; 2nd, 3,200 relay)

Marie Hostetler, soph. (2nd, 3,000; 2nd, 3,200 relay; 2nd, 1,500; 5th, 800)

Kate Cavanagh, jr. (2nd, 3,200 relay)

Sigourney

Coach: Jenny Harter

2017 state meet: Class 1A champion, 48 points (48 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Autum Barthelman, sr. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 1st, 100 hurdles; 2nd, 100; 4th, 400 relay)

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Summer Barthelman, jr. (1st, 400 hurdles; 1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 4th, long jump; 4th, 400 relay)

Leah Carter, sr. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay; 4th, 400 relay)

Sloane Magill, jr. (1st, shuttle hurdle relay)

Brooke Waechter, sr. (4th, 400 relay)

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