GRUNDY CENTER - The AGWSR boys' track and field team crowned five event champions on its way to winning its half of the Spartan Co-Ed hosted by Grundy Center on Friday night.
AGWSR's foursome of Nick Pieters, Tyler Groniga, Austin Heitland and Issac Montes won the last race of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, to overtake Aplington-Parkersburg for the team title.
The Cougars totaled 136.5 points and A-P was second at 134.5. Host Grundy Center was third with 112 points while GMG, crowned the Iowa Star Conference champs a night earlier, were fifth (64) in the seven-team meet.
Heitland won the 400 (53.15), Hunter Drake took the 800 (2:04.73), Montes won the 1,600 (4:39.51) and the Cougars got two relays - the 4x800 (Montes, Heitland, Sully Hofmeister, Drake; 8:30.31) and the 4x400.
Grundy Center was led by a pair of individual titles for Nathan Schmadeke. The Drake Relays qualifier in the 110-meter high hurdles won the event in 14.99, and also took the open 100 (11.36).
GMG put together a trio of runner-up finishes. Austin Groth trailed Schmadeke in the 110 highs (15.65), while Wolverine relays took second in both the 4x100 (Lansana Mohr, Aaron Keller, Devon Schuett and Brock Fisher; 48.45) and the shuttle hurdle (Schuett, Blane Anderson, Kyle Barloon, Groth; 1:03.59).
In the girls' competition, Hudson held off West Marshall for the team title, 147-135. Area teams AGWSR finished fourth (103), GMG was fifth (74), Grundy Center was sixth (59) and Meskwaki eighth (1).
Hudson claimed 10 event titles while West Marshall managed to steal three away from the Pirates. The Trojans' Jennifer Davis topped the shot put competition with a heave of 37 feet, 7 3/4 inches, while McKenzie Shipley led the long jump field at 16-2.
West Marshall's distance medley quartet of Alexis Leonard, KeAnn Kelber, Shipley and Victoria Pothast timed in at 4:25.62 for the win - the seventh-fastest clocking in Class 2A this season according to quikstatsiowa.com.
The Trojans had a handful of runner-up performances as well, highlighted by the 4x200 relay's assault on the school record. Leonard, Pothast, Kelber and Shipley raced around in 1:47.98 - just 11-hundreths of a second off West Marshall's 1974 school mark.
AGWSR's Nicole Rotgers took second in the 200 (28.47), Alyssa Arends was second in the 3,000 (12:17.77), and Laura Eiten scored silver in the shot put (35-10 1/2). The Cougars' group of Madison Fryslie, Kristen Zacharias, Rotgers and Jessica Lippert trailed only West Marshall in the distance medley.
Zoe Johanns led the way for Grundy Center, finishing second in the 1,500 (5:19.85) while helping the Spartans' 4x800 (Abbie Delagardelle, Annie Delagardelle, Johanns, Sarah Frisch; 10:16.43) to the runner-up spot.
Caitlin Appelgate of GMG placed second in the high jump (4-10), while Emily Havelka took second in the 400 hurdles (1:07.51). The Wolverines' shuttle hurdle relay team of Heather Brittenham, Mikaella Koster, Sara Hinson and Havelka was second as well (1:15.30).
The lone point for Meskwaki was earned by Alexah Mauskemo's eighth-place finish in the shot put (27-3 1/2).