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Davis County Girls Keep Dennis Anderson Relays Title at Home

By Jason Van Arkel, April 04, 2017

The Dennis Anderson Relays may have a temporary home in Eddyville, but the event still belongs to Davis County. On a cold Tuesday night, the Mustang girls made sure the trophy would end up in Bloomfield.

Davis County captured the girls championship at the Dennis Anderson Relays, edging out Albia 172-167. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont scored 96 points to finish third on its home track. Farther back, Moravia grabbed fifth place and Twin Cedars settled for sixth.

The team victory started with six individual wins. Alysa Shirkey scored a pair of wins for the Mustangs, claiming both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Katie Hunter crossed the line first in the 400-meter hurdles. Jaylynn Sharp won both the long jump and the high jump, and Madison Stephenson earned the discus title.

Davis County also found ways to score multiple times in the same event. Alexis Smith came in second to Shirkey in the 200, and Alyssa Yahnke was third to Shirkey in the 400. Sharp and Hunter finished second and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, while Stacy Wetterich and Rhiannon Weller were fifth and sixth in the 800-meter race. Africa Brandon was fourth behind Sharp in the high jump, and Morgan Snyder was third to Sharp in the long jump. Jacklyn Derby came in fourth behind Stephenson in the the discus. Stephenson and Derby also finished third and sixth in the shot put.

The Mustangs also ran strong in the relays. Yahnke, Wetterich, Sophie Spargur and Macayla Moore won the 4×400-meter relay. Snyder, Augusta Hamaker, Smith and Shirkey claimed first place in the sprint medley relay. Hamaker also had an individual second-place finish, barely getting edged out in the 100-meter dash by Mary Shepard of Albia.

Shepard’s effort was one of several performances that kept the Lady Dees close. Jordan Winke continued her dominant long-distance career, winning both the 800-meter and 3,200-meter races. Liz DeTar and Sherryl Rowe went one-two in the 1,500-meter race, allowing Albia to sweep the long distances. The Lady Dees also took the 4×100-meter relay (Hannah Isley, Shepard, Erin Heaton, Kyleigh Guthridge) and the 4×200-meter relay (Taylor Colwell, Micaleah Stewart, Ellie Spurgin, Abbey Griffin). In the end, though, it wasn’t enough for Albia to overcome Davis County, which scored team points in every event of the night.

Meanwhile, EBF quietly had a solid night. Brian Ver Steegh won the 100-meter hurdles. Lexi Taylor, Taylor Caves, Taryn Swartz and Madysen Wade combined to win the distance medley relay. Torie Alexander, Emma Bunnell, Caves and Ver Steegh ran the four legs of the winning shuttle hurdle race. Kathryn Gutch captured the shot put title.