There is plenty of depth on the Ankeny Centennial and Ankeny girls’ track teams.
The two squads combined for nine victories in the Hawkette Invitational on Thursday at Ankeny. Centennial had six first-place finishes and took second in the eight-team field with 129.33 points, finishing 21 points ahead of the Hawkettes.
Urbandale won the meet with 140 points.
“We put together a lineup trying to score a lot of points and have a good home meet, and we did,” said Centennial coach Andrew Kruzich. “We were a threat to win the meet.”
It was Senior Night for both the Jaguars and Hawkettes, providing some mixed emotions for Ankeny coach Dennis Adamson.
“It reminded us that we have a talented group of seniors who will graduate this year, knowing they will be difficult to replace next year,” he said. “And it was also Senior Night for Centennial, whose seniors started their track and field careers as freshmen on our team.”
Sydney Reysack enjoyed a big night for the Jaguars. She won the 100 in 13.08 and the 200 in 26.54, then teamed up with Betsy Ridout, Brooklyn Snyder and Kylee Macke to win the 4×100 relay in 50.90.
Kate Smith won the 1,500 in 4:52.75. Abby Yoss captured the discus with a throw of 113 feet 1.5 inches.
“Abby had her best-ever throw in the discus, and I was really proud of Kate, too,” Kruzich said. “She’s been battling a nagging injury since January, but her hard work in the pool and on the bike really showed.”
Centennial also won the distance medley relay. The team of Alexandra Williams, Nithya Chennupati, Karri Pippett and Megan Gray was clocked in 4:23.15.
Ankeny’s Alyssa Mulcahy won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 3 inches. Claire Netten took the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:08.56, edging teammate Kara Roghair by .72 seconds.
The Hawkettes also won the 4×400 relay in 4:12.27. That team consisted of Kelsey Fischer, Netten, Roghair and Lyndsie Schinkel.
Netten added a runner-up finish in the 400, posting a time of 1:02.27. Ankeny also placed second in the 4×100, 4×800 and shuttle hurdle relays.
“We showed improvement in a lot of areas from our previous meet at Waukee,” Adamson said. “The freshmen and sophomores are increasingly stepping up and giving us strength in areas where we were weak last year.”
Snyder took second for the Jaguars in the 100 hurdles in 16.77. Teammate Kendyl Lindaman was the runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 38 feet.
Centennial also placed second in the sprint medley relay.
Both Ankeny teams also competed in the Waukee Invitational on March 31. The meet was unscored.
Ankeny and Centennial each won one event. Mulcahy captured the high jump for the Hawkettes with a leap of 5-2, while Reysack took the 200 for the Jaguars in 26.56.
“Alyssa has been jumping well and is currently in the top five of all classes in the state,” Adamson said.
Netten placed second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:08.27. Roghair was third in the same event in 1:10.08.
Netten and Roghair also teamed up with Fischer and Schinkel for a second-place finish in the 4×400. The Hawkettes were clocked in 4:09.10.
Ankeny also placed second in the shuttle hurdle relay. The team of Tess Nygren, Mulcahy, Roghair and Ciara Gilliam posted a time of 1:10.91.
Centennial’s Lindaman was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 35-8.5. Gray was third in the 400 in 1:03.29.
Reysack anchored the Jaguars to a second-place finish in the 4×100. She teamed up with Ridout, Macke and Snyder to post a time of 50.90, finishing just 0.13 seconds behind Boone.
“We went to Waukee trying to see what pieces of the puzzle we had, and the answer is we have more and better options than last year for our events and relays,” Kruzich said. “Our returners had a nice night, but we were more interested in trying to figure out what our newcomers could do.”