Girls track team faces tough field at CCA


The West Liberty High School girls’ track and field team competed at the Jane Astor Relays in Tiffin, hosted by Clear Creek Amana.

Still, competition was high as the Comets faced a tough field and went without a top five finish, except for wheelchair competitor Payton Mass, who was the only entry in the 100-meter and 200-meter wheelchair races.

The Comets had a meet earlier last week canceled due to weather.

Maas finished with a time of 34.38 seconds in the 100 and 1:21.25 in the 200.

Sophomore Ava Morrison led the short-handed Comets with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 47.90 seconds. Williamsburg’s Natalie Bemer won the race, finishing in 2:38.43.

Junior Laney Esmoil took ninth in the long jump with a jump of 14 feet, 5 ½ inches, with freshman teammate Jayleen Kivi four spots back and with a jump one foot shorter. The longest jump went to Elizabeth Timmerman of Clear Creek Amana (17-1 ¾).

Freshman Alyssa Lenz took 10th in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 17.95 seconds. The race was won by Silvana Kabolo, a senior from CCA who ran the race in a time of 15.62 seconds.

“It’s been a good season,” Lenz said. ‘I”m usually on the shuttle hurdle relay this year (that didn’t compete at CCA), but have big shoes to fill after we lost Macy Daufeldt (West Liberty alum currently playing volleyball at Drake University).”