Lady Savages earn several medals at State meet

Rylee Goldman earned her first State medal while Heidi Clarahan, Sloane Magill and Summer Barthelman added to their collection. The group of four ended up fifth in the Shuttle Hurdle relay, running a time of 1:09.48.

Des Moines – The Sigourney girls’ track program has proven they can succeed on the biggest stages the past couple seasons. They were back on the familiar Blue Oval May 16-18, competing in six different events over the span of three days. Battling the elements, along with the best in the state, Sigourney would end up tying for 11th in the 1A team standings, medaling in several events and finishing with 22 points.

Day One – The first day of competition didn’t feature the Lady Savages much, which worked out well considering temperatures were in the low 90s. Summer Barthelman stepped on the Long Jump lane to keep her streak of medaling in the event alive. She put down a jump just over 15’ and continued to get better till her third jump. There, she had her best jump of 16’-8.00”, four inches shy of her PR but did advance her to the finals. That would remain her best jump in competition, finishing fifth and earning another medal.

Just a couple hours later, Barthelman was back in action, having qualified for the 400m dash. Her best run in the event was 58.57 seconds, qualifying her for the Drake Relays. She held up expectations by running a quick enough time at Districts. She ran in the fastest heat, going up against Shateah Wetering of Montezuma. Barthelman set a new PR, finishing behind Wetering but placed third with a time of 58.14 seconds.

Sigourney was scheduled to run in the shuttle hurdle relay prelims to end day one, but impending weather had other plans. Right before the final heat of the event prior, lightning was spotted and eventually everyone was sheltered. A long round of storms consisting of pouring rain, hail, wind and lightning led to events being postponed, pushing the shuttle hurdle to Saturday.

Day Two – Conditions weren’t much better the following day, mixed with pouring rain and ending with more heat and sprinkles. Megan Stuhr had a tough day in the discus ring, fouling on three attempts. The good news is, Stuhr is only a junior and will use this season and making it to State to motivate her next season.

Sigourney had Sloane Magill, one of their outstanding hurdlers, qualify in the 100m hurdles. She ended up placing sixth in her heat, running a time of 17.21 seconds, just over .1 seconds from her PR and ended up 18th overall.

Check out the News-Review's May 21 edition for full results and quotes.