RED OAK — Creston head girls track coach Clay Arnold knew entering Thursday’s Lady Tiger Relays here that Glenwood would be out for blood after how things went on Tuesday when the Panthers pulled away from the Rams to defend their Lady Cardinal Relays crown at Clarinda.
Glenwood burst out to a big early lead on Creston Thursday, but the Panthers fought back, with both teams trading punches late before Glenwood emerged victorious, edging the Panthers for the team score, 177-176.
“As scripted, Glenwood was out for blood,” Arnold said. “They pulled out all their stops. We mostly had a very good night. Ended up, lost the team title by one point. It came down to the 4x4.”
The Panthers, still trailing by a large margin, won the sprint medley relay to pull within 15 points of the Rams heading into the 1,500 meter run.
That’s where Arnold thought his team could make up some points and turn the momentum.
And that’s exactly what happened as Maria Mostek and Emily Wignall went one-two in the event, pulling Creston to within one team point going into the 4x100 relay.
When senior Taylor Hudson handed the baton to junior Zaidy Frank for the final leg of the 4x100 relay, the Panthers held a lead over Glenwood, but it quickly evaporated as Glenwood surged ahead.
But Frank came back on the Glenwood runner, and the race came down to the wire.
Arnold said the Glenwood runner reached the baton across the line first, but Frank’s torso crossed before the Glenwood runner’s torso, giving the Panthers the event win and a one-point advantage heading into the 4x400 relay.
Unfortunately for Creston, the Rams stacked the 4x400 relay and the Panthers didn’t run their top lineup in the race.
Glenwood came out on top of the race and the team standings by one point.
“I had a definite feeling they were going to pull out all the stops on that race for sure,” Arnold said. “We ended up losing by one point, but it was the talk of the meet. What a competition. Real proud of the girls. After the meet they (Glenwood) were acting like they won the national championship or something. When someone’s excited because they beat you, you know you’ve got the program where we want it to be.”
Arnold praised the efforts of his throwers, who were able to contribute scoring for the Panthers on Thursday.
Freshman Becca Ross placed sixth in the first high school discus competition of her career and junior Olivia Nielsen finished fifth in the shot put.
Other event winners for the Panthers included Frank in the 200 meter dash, freshman Taylor Briley in the 400 meter dash, Natalie Mostek in the 800 meter run, Brianna Maitlen in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump and Maria Mostek in the 3,000 meter run.
The Panthers also won the 4x800 relay.
LADY TIGER RELAYS
Team standings — 1. Glenwood 177, 2. Creston 176, 3. Shenandoah 113, 4. Clarinda 80.5, 5. Red Oak 26.5, 6. Clarinda Academy 2.
Discus — 1. Hallie Goudie, Clarinda, 100-3; 6. Becca Ross, Creston, 85-10; 7. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 82-05.
Shot put — 1. Serena Parker, Shenandoah, 34-11; 5. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 28-10; 9. Emma Saylor, Creston, 24-10.
High jump — 1. Sydney Nielsen, Shenandoah, 4-10; 2. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 4-10.
Long jump — 1. Brianna Maitlen, Creston, 15-10; 10. Amber Castillo, Creston, 13-0.50.
3,000 meters — 1. Maria Mostek, Creston, 11:47.37; 3. Jessica Beatty, Creston, 12:34.81.
4 x 800 relay — 1. Creston (Emily Wignall, Monica Powers, Taylor Briley, Natalie Mostek), 10:47.80.
Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:11.75; 2. Creston (Amber Castillo, Brittney Minson, Madison Hance, Nicole Haley), 1:17.87.
100 meters — 1. Jaedra Moses, Clarinda, 13.15; 4. Zaidy Frank, Creston, 13.42; 6. Brianna Maitlen, Creston, 14.00.
Distance medley relay — 1. Clarinda, 4:37.04; 2. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Jami Sickels, Chelcee Downing, Taylor Hudson), 4:42.43.
400 meters — 1. Taylor Briley, Creston, 1:05.57; 4. Raegen Smith, Creston, 1:09.54.
4 x 200 relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:50.18; 5. Creston (Amber Castillo, Brittney Minson, Jami Sickels, Chelcee Downing), 2:00.31.
100 hurdles — 1. Brianna Maitlen, Creston, 16.67; 5. Madison Hance, Creston, 18.30.
800 meters — 1. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 2:36.51; 3. Emily Wignall, 2:37.44.
200 meters — 1. Zaidy Frank, Creston, 27.60; 5. Taylor Briley, Creston, 29.14.
400 hurdles — 1. Sydney Nielsen, Shenandoah, 1:08.23; 4. Brittney Minson, Creston, 1:15.76; 5. Madison Hance, Creston, 1:16.29.
Sprint medley relay — 1. Creston (Chelcee Downing, Lauren Tucker, Taylor Hudson, Zaidy Frank), 1:00.27.
1,500 meters — 1. Maria Mostek, Creston, 5:26.52; 2. Emily Wignall, Creston, 5:33.66.
4 x 100 relay — 1. Creston (Brianna Maitlen, Chelcee Downing, Taylor Hudson, Zaidy Frank), 53.56.
4 x 400 relay — 1. Glenwood, 4:20.70; 2. Creston (Raegen Smith, Madison Hance, Taylor Briley, Brittney Minson), 4:34.55.