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May 6, 2014

Wayne runs away with Charger Invite

OSCEOLA — The Wayne Lady Falcons track team outscored East Union by 86 points to take the championship in Class B at the 2014 Clarke Girls Invitational on Thursday.

The win is their second meet win of the season, the first time they have won two meets in the same season since 1998.

“Very happy with our results,” Wayne Lady Falcons head track coach Bart Elliott said. “We ran in very windy and cold weather at Clarke. The girls performed well and were very competitive in very poor conditions. This was a great way to build our confidence heading into the [Pride of Iowa] conference meet.”

The Lady Falcons had two wins each from freshman Demi Austin and senior Breanna Fortune. Olivia Byrns and Bailey Andrews each had one win on the night.

Wayne’s relay teams won four out of the seven events they were entered in. Of the three relay events Wayne didn’t win, they finished second in two and third in the other.

Besides the wins, Wayne would have at least one girl receive points in every event. Athletes must finish in the top-six to earn points for the event.

“It is very nice to have a group of girls who are athletic and can perform well in all areas of track and field,” Elliott said.

Austin finished first with a time of 13.51 seconds in the 100 meter dash and first with a time of 29.71 seconds in the 200 meter dash.

In the 400 meter dash, Byrns ran a time of 1:06.63 for the win. Teammates Nicole Johnson and Sarah Norris finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the event for Wayne.

Andrews won the 100 meter hurdles race with a time of 17.71 seconds while her teammate, Karna Hampton, finished second with a time of 18.01 seconds.

Fortune won both the discus and shot put events.

In the discus event, she recorded a best-throw of 109’3”. In the shot put, she recorded a throw of 32’7.25”.

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