Unlike many of her teammates on the Ankeny girls’ track squad, Malea Daugherty didn’t go anywhere for spring break.
That decision allowed Daugherty to compete in the ISU Indoor Meet on Monday at Ames. She responded with the Hawkettes’ highest individual finish of the day, placing fifth in the 60 hurdles in 9.75 seconds.
“Malea is running the hurdles very well,” said Ankeny coach Dennis Adamson. “That was a solid time.”
Ankeny had several other top-15 finishes. Alex Robran placed seventh in the 3,000 in a time of 10:56.73, while Sydney Flatness took ninth in the shot put with a season-best throw of 36 feet 1 inch.
Both Robran and Flatness will be competing at the collegiate level. Robran has signed a letter of intent to run cross country at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, while Flatness will be a thrower for the Grand View track team.
“Alex continues to improve and is running the fastest times of her career,” Adamson said. “She put a lot of hard work in during cross country and the offseason before track started.”
Mytika Mayberry placed 14th in the 60 in 8.42. Sydni Wendling took 14th in the long jump with a leap of 15-2, while teammate Hannah Loftus tied for 14th in the high jump at 4-10.
“Our field events are off to a good start this season,” Adamson said.
Ankeny placed fourth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:25.73. That team consisted of Madeline Murphy, Wendling, Sarah Bosch and Scout Bergwall.
The Hawkettes also finished sixth in the 4×800. The team of Murphy, Bergwall, Cierra Fillinger and Bosch was clocked in 10:35.87.
“Most of our team is not in town because of spring break, but those that have been competing are making good progress and it also allows us to try our athletes in different events and distances,” Adamson said.