NEW LONDON — The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The West Burlington-Notre Dame high school boys and girls track teams have had a stranglehold on the SEI Superconference South Division titles for the better part of the last decade.
The Falcons showed on Thursday at New London High School that they are not ready to relinquish those titles any time soon.
The WB-ND girls swept all four field events to open the meet, then won two running events and a relay to hold off Danville, 149-117, to win their fifth straight conference title and seventh in the last eight years.
Not to be outdone, the WB-ND boys put on a dominating performance of their own. Niles Siefken won the shot put and discus to open the day and the Falcons polished off their seventh consecutive South Division title by winning the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to end the night.
"I'm proud of my team. Everybody is doing great today," said WB-ND freshman Annaka Harris, who won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9 inches, breaking the previous school record of 16-8 set by Nancy Schnarr in 1977. "It felt like a good day and my coach kept telling me to attack the board. My third jump I told myself, 'This is going to be the one.' I attacked the board and I PRed. It felt good. It was a good day."
"I feel really confident that we'll be able to pull it off," said WB-ND sophomore Rylie Todd, who won her second consecutive conference high jump, clearing 5-6 to break the previous conference record of 5-5 set by Mediapolis' Tayo Ajose in 2012. "It feels really good. My legs were a little sore in the beginning, but it eventually played out. I didn't jump in the meet we had early in the week and just kind of sat out at practice and did some med ball throws and stuff. I feel like that really helped."
"I'm glad that we could come out and sweep everyone and help out winning conference again," said WB-ND junior Iliyah Moore, who swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a toss of 33-5 and the discus with a throw of 110-4 3/4. "I came in sitting second (in the shot put) and I threw the best I could and got team points. That gave me a lot of confidence because I haven't been throwing well and I need a little bit of a boost of confidence. Winning the shot put helped that."
"I've been recovering from a groin strain lately, so it's nice to get back into the swing of things. I threw 156 two meets in a row, which is good. I've been working to get back into 100 percent shape. I'm shape I'm 90ish right now. It's a little painful, but it feels good to be throwing the discus far again," said Siefken, who surprised even himself by winning the shot put with a throw of 45-1 3/4. "I'm still kind of mind-blown that I won. I added two feet out of nowhere."
"Brian hurt his hip, so we replaced him with Jett. Jett did great. I think we ran a PR. Jamar and I haven't really worked on our handoffs yet, but our handouff was good and we ran good. Everybody just ran great. Lamm told us to stay relaxed. All the credit goes to Lamm. We ran good," said WB-ND junior Reece Richards, who ran on the winning 4x100, 4x200 and sprint medley relay teams and finished second in the 200. "My legs are a little bit tired. I felt good. I came out of the corner and WACO was in front of me and Aschenbrenner was in front of me. He's really good. I heard Lamm saying, 'Stay relaxed. Stay relaxed.' That's what I did. I just wanted to get us some points."
Danville, which won the first two running events, managed to rally behind a strong group of sprinters and relay teams and distance runners Addison Parrott and Lexi Brown. Parrott won both the 3,200 and 1,600, while Brown took second in both.
Danville junior Alyssa Pfadenhauer won her third straight conference title in the 400, then followed it up by winning the 200. She also ran on the winning 4x400 and sprint medley relay teams.
"I was a little nervous going into (the 400), just because I'm always nervous. Going into it, just having one of my teammates hold my blocks always helps and just encouraging me to go out there and run my hardest. It helps having all the support we have from the community and my teammates all the way around the track. They push you and make you run harder," Pfadenhauer said. "I was really nervous for that one (200), knowing I would have good competition and not knowing how it would come out. My teammates said just go out there and act like it's a relay and you're anchoring and just run hard. So I did and it helped and we got the outcome that we wanted."
New London, running on its new track for just the second time, gave the home fans plenty to cheer about. Senior Carson McSorley skipped her specialty race, the 400 hurdles, in favor of her first open 800. All she did was win in 2:22.77, just missing the conference record by two seconds. It is the third-fastest time in Class 1A this season. She also won the 400 and anchored the distance medley relay team to victory.
"I've been wanting to do an 800 all year, but we've had meets cancelled. Tonight was a good night to do it. I wanted to take a break from the hurdles. It was really fun. I liked doing it. I was going for a 2:20. I just missed it," McSorley said. "It feels really good. I'm running track at college next year, so it will be fun to see how much better I can get at it. It was really fun to do it at this track. I remember the first meet we had here I was thinking, 'This is so weird.' It's really cool. I wish I could experience more home meets here, but I'm glad I got to do two. It was fun."
New London freshman Curry Jacobs wasn't expecting to have such a busy night, but with teammate Kyler Martin nursing an injury, Jacobs was called into action. He responded by anchoring the Tigers' distance medley relay team to victory, then doubled his pleasure by winning the 800, much to the delight of the home crowd.
"My friend, Kyler Martin, is hurt and I had to fill in for him. I feel pretty good about that run," Jacobs said. "It feels pretty good my freshman year. Hopefully I can come back in the next years and win it again."
1. West Burlington-Notre Dame, 149; 2. Danville, 117; 3. New London, 94; 4. Central Lee, 74; 5. Van Buren, 71; 6. WACO, 53; 7. Cardinal, 29.
Shot put — 1. Iliyah Moore (WB-ND), 33-5; 2. Breanna Mettler (NL), 32-0 1/4; 3. Ashley Pfadenhauer (D), 32-0. Discus — 1. Moore (WB-ND), 110-4 3/4; 2. Emily Fuller (CL), 102-8 1/2; 3. Drew Fox (D), 88-7 1/2. Long jump — 1. Annaka Harris (WB-ND), 16-9; 2. Grace Davidson (VB), 16-0 1/4; 3. Addy Kellen (WB-ND), 15-9. High jump — 1. Rylie Todd (WB-ND), 5-6; 2. Savannah Sutherland (NL), 4-10; 3. Mckenzie Speer (D), 4-10.
100 — 1. Sydney Marlow (WB-ND), 13.43; 2. Jenna Hummell (NL), 13.45; 3. Grace Davidson (VB), 13.86. 200 — 1. Alyssa Pfadenhauer (D), 26.37; Marlow (WB-ND), 27.09; 3. Grace Grothe (D), 27.31. 400 — 1. Pfadenhauer (D), 59.87; 2. Annaka Harris (WB-ND), 1:05.36; 3. Kelyin Chng (WB-ND), 1:06.18. 800 — 1. Carson McSorley (NL), 2:22.77; 2. Breanna Teel (D), 2:40.41; 3. Kylee Bass (VB), 2:44.88. 1,500 — 1. Addison Parrott (D), 5:24.65; 2. Lexi Brown (NL), 5:25.26; 3. Anna Marino (WB-ND), 5:36.97. 3,000 — 1. Parrott (D), 11:29.34; 2. Brown (NL), 11:30.06; 3. Marino (WB-ND), 12:09.67. 100 hurdles — 1. Wendolyn Hannum (CL), 17.16; 2. Kiana Miller (WACO), 17.76; 3. Molly McLaughlin (WACO), 17.96. 400 hurdles — 1. Addy Kellen (WB-ND), 1:12.36; 2. Grace Conwell (WACO), 1:14.30; 3. Hannum (CL), 1:14.63.
4x100 — 1. WB-ND (Hope Ward, Harris, Marlow, Kerrigan Belger), 51.44; 2. Van Buren, 51.70; 3. WACO, 53.58. 4x200 — 1. Danville (Grothe, Alexis Bauer, Mckenzie Speer, Kathryn Luers), 1:48.57; 2. Van Buren, 1:51.77; 3. WB-ND, 1:55.66. 4x400 — 1. Danville (Speer, Bauer, Grothe, Pfadenhauer), 4:07.92; 2. New London, 4:14.74; 3. WB-ND, 4:31.22. 4x800 — 1. Van Buren (Bass, Hannah Charbonneau, Anna Neeley, Audrey Smith), 11:14.69; 2. New London, 11:37.71; 3. Cardinal, 11:45.69. Sprint medley relay — 1. Danville (Grothe, Bauer, Pfadenhauer, Luers), 1:54.49; New London, 1:54.52; 3. WB-ND, 2:01.00. Distance medley relay — 1. New London (Hummel, Camryn Blint, Savannah Sutherland, McSorley), 4:36.66; 2. WACO, 5:06.98; 3 Central Lee, 5:07.00. Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Central Lee (Zoe Eschman, Hailey Tweedy, Abby Wellman, Hannum), 1:10.90; 2. WACO, 1:11.58; 3. Van Buren, 1:17.97.
1. West Burlington-Notre Dame, 166 1/2; 2. Cardinal, 93; 3. Central Lee, 76; 4. Van Buren, 66 1/2; 5. New London, 63; 6. WACO, 59; 7. Danville, 54.
Shot put — 1. Niles Siefken (WB-ND), 45-1 3/4; 2. Chase Stutes (CL), 44-0 3/4; 3. Gunther Johnson (CL), 42-3 3/4. Discus — 1. Siefken (WB-ND), 156-2; 2. Stutes (CL), 130-7 3/4; 3. Tayton Bartholomew (VB), 111-11. Long jump — 1. Trey Albert (Card.), 20-4 3/4; 2. Adam Rooney (CL), 19-7 3/4; 3. Brian Brem (WB-ND), 18-11. High jump — 1. Grant Swanson (NL), 5-10; 2. Tanner Snodgrass (WB-ND), 5-8; 3. Cody Welch (D), 5-8.
100 — 1. Colby Aschenbrenner (Card.), 11.75; 2. Brem (WB-ND), 11.96; 3. Calvin Battle, Jr. (WACO), 11.99. 200 — 1. Mason Aschenbrenner (Card.), 23.36; 2. Reece Richards (WB-ND), 23.89; 3. Battle (WACO), 24.21. 400 — 1. Elijah McGohan (WACO), 53.65; 2. Dallas Bell (NL), 54.03; 3. Christian Schwenker (WB-ND), 54.14. 800 — 1. Curry Jacobs (NL), 2:19.04; 2. Seth Estrada-Miller (WB-ND), 2:21.96; 3. Gabriel Gourley (D), 2:22.41. 1,600 — 1. Adam Smith (VB), 5:12.01; 2. Colton Sherwood (WB-ND), 5:19.68; 3. Darien Pidgeon (D), 5:20.88. 3,200 — 1. Jonah Marlow (WB-ND), 11:40.61; 2. Pidgeon (D), 11:51.96; 3. John Orndoff (VB), 11:59.68. 110 hurdles — 1. M.Aschenbrenner (Card.), 14.90; 2. Colton Horak (WACO), 16.49; 3. Donny Roberts (VB), 16.88. 400 hurdles — 1. Horak (WACO), 58.53; 2. Albert (Card.), 59.90; 3. Axel Tjaden (WB-ND), 1:00.20.
4x100 — 1. WB-ND (Richards, Brem, Lewis, Jett Tjaden), 44.84; 2. WACO, 45.68;3. Cardinal, 45.89. 4x200 — 1. WB-ND (Austin Mixer, J.Tjaden, Snodgrass, Richards), 1:34.50; 2. Cardinal, 1:34.85; 3. Danville, 1:40.46. 4x400 — 1. WB-ND (Snodgrass, Schwenker, J.Tjaden, Marlow), 3:37.94; 2. New London, 3:42.79; 3. Central Lee, 3:55.07. 4x800 — 1. Van Buren (Andrew Fitzsimmons, Smith, Daniel Downey, Quenitin Story), 9:34.75; 2. WB-ND, 9:53.91; 3. Central Lee, 10:40.25. Sprint medley relay — 1. WB-ND (Richards, J.Tjaden, Lewis, Schwenker), 1:37.99; 2. Cardinal, 1:38.54; 3. WACO, 1:39.30. Distance medley relay — 1. New London (Keo Luckett, Matt Oliver, Jordy Johnson, Curry Jacobs), 3:53.95; 2. Central Lee, 4:03.53; 3. WB-ND, 4:06.02. Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Cardinal, 1:00.98; 2. Van Buren, 1:07.51; 3. WB-ND, 1:09.73.