MT AYR — The Wayne Lady Falcons continue to improve, as they took second in a tough conference meet held on May 5.
The Wayne girls track squad finished second with 84 team points behind Interstate 35, Truro, who was the conference champion with 109 points.
“I am very pleased with our results from the Pride of Iowa conference track meet,” Wayne girls track coach Bart Elliott said. “We are in a very tough conference for track. Our conference is well represented at the state meet every year. So, to score 82 points and finish second out of a 12 team conference is very exciting.”
The Lady Falcons had four conference championships on the night. Breanna Fortune claimed the POI title in the shot put and discus as well as their 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams.
The 4x400 meter relay team won the conference title by a mere three-hundredths of a second. Katelynn Campbell, Kaylee Henry, Mandie Gassman and Olivia Byrns made up that team, recording a time of 4:25.53.
The Lady Falcons’ 4x200 meter relay team also took a tight victory to claim the conference title. The team of Karna Hampton, Shania Austin, Mandie Gassman and Demi Austin finished in a time of 1:56.08, beating Martesndale-St. Marys by 22-hundredths of a second. The time for the team was their best of the season.
Fortune recorded throws of 34’8.5” in the shot put and 103’7” in the discus to claim the conference title in both events. In shot put, it’s Fortune’s third straight conference title.
“The girls track program has made great strides in the last five years,” Elliott said. “To go form 12th place in my first year as head coach, to placing second this season is very gratifying for our team. We definitely have a talented group, but they have also put in hours of extra work in the weight room, going to camps and attending speed and agility.”