Alta freshman Dee Hinkeldey delivered big time here Saturday in her first varsity track and field district meet, qualifying for the Iowa state meet in four events.
The top two individuals in both relay and individual events qualify, with the eight best remaining times and distances in Iowa also qualifying in each event.
Hinkeldey, who now holds Alta school records in five events, took first places in two individual events here Saturday at a Class 1A district meet. She also took second in another individual event and helped the 4x800 relay team qualify for state.
The talented freshman led Alta to an eighth-place finish in the 20-team meet with 29 points. LeMars Gehlen Catholic finished first, followed by host Galva-Holstein and third-place Central Lyon.
Aurelia, led by sophomore Kristine Munden, finished 17th with nine points.
Hinkeldey, meanwhile, finished first in the 400 meter dash, setting a new school record of 58.78 seconds. She added a first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 7.13 seconds and a second in the long jump (16 feet).
Hinkeldey also anchored the third-place 4x800 team. That squad of Liza Lichtenberg, Katie Connolly, Jahde Hammer and Hinkeldey finished third in 10:25.32, qualifying for state by finishing below the cutoff time.
Also for Alta, Megan Suhr finished sixth in 13.29 seconds. (Add stuff here)
Galva-Holstein enjoyed its day on its home turf, as two relay teams and individuals in four events qualified for the state meet.
Individually, the Lady Pirates were led by double winner Abbie Bagenstos, who took firsts in the 200 meter dash in 1:26.42 and the long jump with a fine leap of 17 feet, 8 inches.
Like Hinkeldey, Bagenstos will compete in four events at the state meet. The Pirates' distance medley relay team of Dani Boyle, Bagenstos, Ashley McGuire and senior Laura Jacobson won in 4:21.14. In addition, the 4x400 team of McGuire, Allie Egger, Jacobson and Bagenstos was second in 4:23.63.
Jacobson, in addition to competing on two qualifying relays, made state in the open 800 meters, taking second in 2:27.39.
Galva-Holstein's shuttle hurdle relay team of Stacey Todd, Kayla Waggoner, Samantha Grayson and Deena Hudson was third in 1:13.37 but failed to qualify for the state meet.
Munden, meanwhile, was a standout for Aurelia. She qualified for state in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, taking fourth in both but bettering the cutoff state qualifying time. Her district time in the 100 meters was 12.91 seconds while her time in the 200 was 27.32 seconds.
Munden added a fifth in the discus with a toss of 98 feet, 3 inches. The Bulldogs' 4x800 relay team of Leah Fishman, Emily Sonksen, Sara Husman and Wendy Nelson was sixth in 10:53.24
Hinkeldey, meanwhile, will be top seeded at state in the 400 dash and fifth in the 400 meters. Bagenstos is seeded second in the long jump. Her season's best leap of 17-8 is second only to Meredith Kosmacek of Tri Center, who has a season's best leap of 18-6.