MARK SCHAFER | Jefferson Herald Emma Hoyle launches the shot put during a throw at the April 10 track meet held in Carroll. Hoyle was able to win the Heart of Iowa Conference track meet in the discus event.

Rams rip six titles at conference meet

Ram girls take third at HOIC meet

It was rare for the black and red to finish outside the top-5 on Thursday.

During the Heart of Iowa Conference meet held at Saydel on Thursday night the Greene County girls track team wracked up six conference titles. 

In the team scoring the Rams were able to finish third overall with a total of 121 points. They were just 10 points behind PCM for second. Roland-Story was able to win the HOIC team title with 150 total points.

The Rams started things off with an early with wins, and never seemed to not be in contention to win an event throughout the meet. 

Wins seemed to come from every event. In the running events one of the early wins came in the 400 meter dash race where Natalie Heupel was able to pace the field with a time of 1:02.42 to win the conference title. The senior won the race by more than a second. Lila Osterson ran in the same race and finished seventh overall with a time of 1:10.79.

The middle distance events proved to be strong for the Rams at the conference meet. Kaycee Pittman was able to win the 800 meter run with a time of 2:29.3. Teammate Hailey Carman was able to finish ninth with a time of 2:49.52. 

No other team was faster in the 4x100 relay than the Ram quartet of Olivia Shannon, Kamryn Sanders, Natalie Heupel and Katrina Heupel. They were able to win the race with a time of 51.24. It wasn’t easy though as the Roland-Story team was just a step behind them finishing with a time of 51.26 in one of the closest races of the night. 

In the final relay race of the night the Rams were able to deliver another win. This time the 4x400 relay team of Natalie Heupel, Kaycee Pittman, Katrina Heupel and Olivia Shannon finished with a winning time of 4:14.59. They were just under a second faster than the team from Roland-Story. 

Payton Kokenge was able to best all of the other competition in the high jump event. The sophomore cleared 5-feet-2-inches to win the event. She was the only jumper that cleared any height over five feet. Teammate Lila Osterson was sixth after clearing 4-feet-8-inches. 

Emma Hoyle brought home the gold in the discus throw. The senior hurled the disc 99-feet-3.75-inches to take home the conference crown. The next best throw was measured at 98-feet-8.75-inches. Emma Ewalt was able to finish fifth with a throw of 91-feet-1-inch. 

Olivia Shannon finished second by .33 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Shannon ran the race in a time of 26.95, just a hare behind the winner from Roland-Story. 

It was another close race in the 4x200 relay. There the Ram team of Olivia Shannon, Kamryn Sanders, Natalie Heupel and Katrina Heupel finished second with a time of 1:49.4. They were a little over a second behind the winners from Roland-Story. 

Daniele Madsen was second in the shot put event with a throw that measured 35-feet-1-inch. Teammate Emma Hoyle was third with a best throw of 33-feet-even. 

In the sprint medley relay race the team of Savannah Lansman, Isabella Schroeder, Kamryn Sanders and Katrina Heupel were able to finish third with a time of 1:57.15. 

In the distance medley race the Ram team of Alexa Peters, Isabella Schroeder, Savannah Lansman and Hailey Carman finished fourth with a time of 4:52.87. 

Kamryn Sanders led the Rams in the long jump event. The senior had a best jump of 14-feet-3.75-inches to place fifth. Teammate Savannah Lansman was able to place seventh with a leap that measured 13-feet-9-inches. 

In the shuttle hurdle relay race the Ram team of Schroeder, Peters, Gretah Kersey and Nala Losee finished sixth with a time of 1:19.24. 

Addison Gannon was able to finish eighth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.13. 

Gretah Kersey was able to finish eighth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.69.She also was able to finish 10th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:24.26. 

The Rams are running this afternoon in Ida Grove at the State qualifier meet. 

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