MASON CITY — With just over a week to go until state-qualifying meets, track and field teams across the state are hoping to finish strong.
On Tuesday in a home meet, the Mohawks to a gigantic step forward with a handful of girls putting out their best performances of the season to help Mason City to second place with 110 points.
Humboldt won the meet with 161, Forest City was fourth with 79 and Clear Lake finished sixth with 51.
“It’s important because districts are a week from Thursday and a lot of events … nothing is a shoo-in right now,” Mason City coach Jim Lee said. “We have to work hard here to drop some time in the next week, but we’re going in the right direction.”
Piper Watson started the night out in a big way for the Mohawks as she soared to the high jump title with a personal-best jump of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Watson cleared the height on her first attempt with a little space to spare. The Mason City school record is 5-4½ and Lee thinks that’s easily attainable for the junior.
“She’s getting fresh from her tumbling — she was a state champ a week ago —and I think she can go at least 5-5,” Lee said. “If she jumps that she can place top two at state, so that is exciting to see.”
Mason City was solid across the board after that.
Hannah Thomas won the long jump with a leap of 14-10 and was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:15.42. Sami Miller added a second-place finish in the 3,000 (12:37.25) and Karynna Jones was second in the 800 (2:45.51).
One of the best runs of the evening came from Emma Davison in the 1,500. Davison, being pushed by Humboldt’s standout freshman Bryce Gidel, ran the best time of her life to finish second in 4:58.47. It wasn’t until the last 200 meters of the race that Davision relinquished the lead.
“With (Gidel) being on her shoulder, it pushed Emma and that helped her break 5 minutes for the first time in her life,” Lee said. “She’s such a gutsy runner and she’s just fun to watch.”
Mason City took second in the 4x100 (53.82) and was third in the sprint medley (1:59.62). Hannah Faktor put forth a lifetime-best 200 split in the event in 26.2 seconds.
The shuttle hurdle team also finished third in a season's best 1:13.36.
Forest City saw one victory on the night as its 4x400 team won in 4:26.11. Kelsey Koch added second-place finishes in the long jump (19-9½) and 400 (1:04.14).
Clear Lake’s Makia Fessler won the 100 hurdles in 17.34 seconds and the Lions’ shuttle hurdle team of Oliva Amos, Bella Parker, Ashley Archer and Fessler won in 1:12.34.
Macy Mixdorf added a second-place finish in the 200 (28.11) and the Lions' 4x200 finished second in 1:56.16.