Girls Track & Field Power Index Newsletter — May 18, 2021
With the state track meet around the corner, this week marks the final track and field rankings, powered by the Varsity Bound Power Index. Several teams had their best performances at their respective state qualifying meets on May 13, 2021.
*Article and rankings reflect results through May 15, 2021.
Waukee retains its top spot once again after having its best meet during its state qualifier. The Warriors won the meet with 186 points as they set a new high for points — 2,123 points — for any team in the state in the Varsity Bound Power Index. The Ankeny Hawks placed second at the same state qualifying meet. The meet became the Hawks’ top meet of the season, moving them from No. 8 to No. 3 this week. Lauren McMahon won the 3000-meter run (10:19.03) and placed second in the 1500-meter run (4:47.92). Shelby Romig won the long jump (17-08) and placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.50). Mytika Mayberry picked up second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.58. Hannah Baier (125-04) won the discus, and Kendra Winfrey (36-06 1/2) placed second in the shot put. Ankeny also won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.11 while placing second in both the 4x200-meter relay (1:48.06) and 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:09.46). The Valley Tigers moved to No. 8 after being unranked last week for their performance at their state qualifying meet.
The Solon Spartans are the new No. 1 team in Class 3A this week. They make the jump from No. 5 as they had their best meet of the season at their state qualifier, winning with 181.50 points. Emma Bock (2:22.57) and Kaia Holtkamp (2:22.96) picked up first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run. Ava Conrad placed first in both the shot put (37-02 3/4) and discus (124-10). Sophia Stahle placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.08, and Makinley Levin placed second in the long jump with a jump of 17-05. Solon picked up first in the 4x400-meter relay (4:00.18), 1600 medley (4:11.37) and 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:08.91). The Spartans also finished second in three relays — 4x100 (50.88), 4x200 (1:46.96) and 4x800 (9:43.58). New to this week’s rankings is No. 7 Carlisle.
All ten teams from last week’s rankings remain in this week’s rankings. Mid-Prairie is the new No. 1 team, as the Golden Hawks move from second to first. They had their best meet of the season at their state qualifying meet, winning with 177 points. Danielle Hostetler (11:18.75) and Sydney Yoder (11:20.75) finished first and second, respectively, in the 3000-meter run. The duo also finished one-two in the 1500-meter run with Hostetler placing first (4:58.96) and Yoder placing second (5:04.52). Hostetler also won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.85 with fellow Golden Hawk Mitzi Evans placing second with a time of 2:21.90. Evans also placed second in the 200-meter dash (27.01) and won the 400-meter dash (59.31). Tori Boyse placed second in both the shot put (37-07 3/4) and discus (119-00), and Ella Groenewold picked up second in the high jump (5-02). Mid-Prairie won the 800 medley relay (1:49.78) and 1600 medley relay (4:20.85). The Golden Hawks placed second in the 4x100-meter relay (50.94), 4x200-meter relay (1:48.87) and 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:11.41). Williamsburg also moved up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 with its best meet of the year at its state qualifier.
Saint Ansgar holds onto its top spot in the rankings from last week. No. 4 South O’Brien moved up two spots as the Wolverines won their state qualifying meet with 135 points. Annika Jenness won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.93, and Willa Sickelka won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.05. Karlee Warnke won the high jump (16-04 1/2), and Taja Conley placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.11). The Wolverines won three relays — 4x100 (51.16), 4x200 (1:48.51) and 800 medley (1:53.63) — and placed second in two other relays — 4x400 (4:24.45) and 4x800 (10:36.39). Grundy Center made the jump from No. 8 to No. 5 this week after its performance at its state qualifying meet. No. 7 Danville and No. 8 Central Elkader join this week’s rankings after being unranked last week.