CARROLL — The Creston girls track team finished fifth with 78 points here Thursday at the Tiger/Knight Relays, and was able to figure a few things out about itself in the process.
“A lot of girls answered a lot of questions we’ve been wondering about,” Creston head coach Clay Arnold said. “Maybe we can switch some things around in the lineup from here on out.”
The Panthers won three events, including two relays.
The Creston 4x800 relay team of Maria Mostek, Jami Sickels, Natalie Mostek and Lexie Little ran 10:25.74 to run away from the competition.
“I was pretty disappointed Harlan, Denison and Carroll, none of them brought their A lineups by any means,” Arnold said. “We were really looking for some good competition and didn’t get it.”
The Panthers ended the night by running away with the 4x400 crown, as well. That team consisted of Raegen Smith, Chelcee Downing, Little and Natalie Mostek, running 4:21.90.
Natalie Mostek had her hand in all three event victories for the Panthers, as she also won the 400 meter dash.
“First time all year,” Arnold said. “Didn’t really have much of a competition, but she ran a 1:04.68 for an open PR.”
Arnold said one of the things that stood out for his team on Thursday was some of the 200 meter times his girls ran.
That was highlighted by a second-place performance in the 200 meter dash by Smith.
“Definitely, hands down, most impressive individual performance of the night was Raegen Smith in the 200 meter dash,” Arnold said. “She got second place, ran a 28.93 and looked really good doing it. That’s her fastest open by far, and she really hasn’t had much for splits around there in her life, either. We were really impressed with her quickness.”
Despite subpar handoffs, the Creston 4x200 relay team of Amber Castillo, Josie Sickels, Madison Callahan and Jessica Beatty took fifth with its fastest time of the year in 1:58.91.
Josie Sickels ran a 28.41 split on the relay and Beatty anchored in 28.28.
“I was really happy with a lot of our 200s tonight,” Arnold said. “Josie ran a couple really good 200s, Raegen ran that good 200 and Beatty ran an awesome 200. We’ve been really lacking in 200 speed, but we’re starting to figure some things out.”
The Panthers were able to double up in several events.
Taylor Briley, in just her second race of the season, took second place in the 800 meters in 2:38.37, while Jami Sickels took fourth in 2:40.55.
“Old Briley made her debut in the open 800,” Arnold said. “I told her not to go out and kill it on that first lap, wanted her to take it easy. She ran a 1:19 first split, which is going to be too slow for her in the future. Then ran a negative of a 1:18.6 for a second place 2:38.37.”
Castillo finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14-7 and sophomore Sydney Suiter had a career best leap of 13-9.50 for fifth.
Creston also doubled up in the 400 hurdles as Castillo took fourth in 1:15.30 and Madison Hance finished sixth in 1:16.82, a new season best.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday at Chariton.
“We’re going to look to put together some good relays and good individual events,” Arnold said. “We’ve run some really nice times over there. It’s a pretty decent track if the weather is nice. That’s what we need, is as many nights of good weather as we can get the next two weeks.”
(Official Creston results — full results not available at press time)
Discus — Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 84-5; Marie Hood, Creston, 82-0.
Shot put — Marie Hood, Creston, 28-6.50; Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 24-11.25.
High jump — 4. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 4-10.
Long jump — 4. Amber Castillo, Creston, 14-7; 5. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 13-9.50.
3,000 meters — 8. Kristy Powers, Creston, 13:31.26; Angela Drey, Creston, 14:21.65.
4 x 800 relay — 1. Creston (Maria Mostek, Jami Sickels, Natalie Mostek, Lexie Little), 10:25.74.
Shuttle hurdle relay — 7. Creston (Amber Castillo, Leah Schuler, Madison Hance, Nicole Haley), 1:17.96.
100 meters — 7. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 14.34; Brooke Thelen, Creston, 16.28.
Distance medley relay — 4. Creston (Josie Sickels, Rachel Shepherd, Chelcee Downing, Raegen Smith), 4:57.96.
400 meters — 1. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 1:04.68; Nicole Haley, Creston, 1:14.40.
4 x 200 relay — 5. Creston (Amber Castillo, Josie Sickels, Madison Callahan, Jessica Beatty), 1:58.91.
100 hurdles — 7. Lexie Little, Creston, 17.89; Leah Schuler, Creston, 19.51.
800 meters — 2. Taylor Briley, Creston, 2:38.37; 4. Jami Sickels, Creston, 2:40.55.
200 meters — 2. Raegen Smith, Creston, 28.93; Jessica Drey, Creston, 32.43.
400 hurdles — 4. Amber Castillo, Creston, 1:15.30; 6. Madison Hance, Creston, 1:16.82.
Sprint medley relay — 6. Creston (Chelcee Downing, Marie Hood, Josie Sickels, Maria Mostek), 2:02.85.
1,500 meters — 7. Rachel Shepherd, Creston, 5:54.93; 8. Jessica Beatty, Creston, 6:00.01.
4 x 100 relay — 6. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Jami Sickels, Josie Sickels), 57.29; Creston JV (Leah Schuler, Madison Callahan, Jessica Drey, Aleisha Larkin), 1:00.19.
4 x 400 relay — 1. Creston (Raegen Smith, Chelcee Downing, Lexie Little, Natalie Mostek), 4:21.90.