Prep Track: Area Athletes Shine in Super Conference Meet

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Wayland — Pekin and West Burlington-Notre Dame claimed girls’ titles, while Wapello and West Burlington-Notre Dame won on the boys’ side at yesterday’ Super Conference Track Meet in Wayland.

Mediapolis’ finished as runner up in North Division boys’ in large part because of the terrific display put on by sprinter Anthony Isley.

Isley ran 11.56 to win the 100m dash and was also crowned champion in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Mediapolis’ 4×200 of Cole Lipper, Kadin Salek, Andrew McPherson and Josh Darbyshire were also conference title winners. They ran 1:35.31 for gold.

In South Division boys’, New London’s Carter Allen earned a shot put victory with a toss of 47 feet, six inches.

Kade Benjamin, known for his outstanding work on the basketball court, showed off his bunnies with a win in the high jump. Benjamin cleared 6-5 for first.

Also earning a conference championship for New London was their sprint medley team of Boden Pickle, Josh Catala, Torren Riley and Rylan Martin.

Seth Bailey was the champion in the 3200m run for the Tigers as well.

Bailey, a junior, ran 10:43.43 finishing 11 seconds better than second place Ty Carr of Danville.

In North Division girls’ action Winfield-Mount Union’s Jobey Malone continued her hot stretch winning the shot put with a toss of 36 feet, 10 1/4 inches.

Teammate Kyndal Townsley was the first place finisher in the hurdles, earning a conference title. Townsley ran 17.99 seconds for first.

West Burlington-Notre Dame dominated South Division competition, tallying up 212 points earning their eight conference championship in the last nine years.

WACO’s Molly McLaughlin won the 100 hurdles for host WACO, who finished third in the team race.

McLaughlin ran 17.31 seconds to saddle into first. The Lady Warrior shuttle hurdle team also claimed a first place finish.

Zoey Dennler, Katie Leicty, Maggie RInner and McLaughlin combined to run 1:14.86 for first place.