It was just another day at the races here Saturday for the Sioux Central girls track and field team and Alta's standout sophomore Dee Hinkeldey.
The Rebels won their 11th meet of the season in 11 tries, but this time, a Class 1A district title was on the line.
Sioux Central won their first-ever district meet with 103 points, to 69 for Ar-We-Va and 62 for Manning. Led by Hinkeldey, Alta was sixth with 39 points, while Newell-Fonda was seventh with 38 points. Storm Lake-St. Mary's was ninth with 23 points while Schaller Crestland was tenth (23 points) and Aurelia 19th with four points.
The top two finishers in each open event and relay automatically qualify for the state meet, while the next best eight times in each event statewide also qualify.
In taking second, Sioux Central qualified for this week's state meet in eight events. Nine Rebel tracksters will head to state.
Hinkeldey, meanwhile, took firsts in two individual events, adding second places in another and running on a state meet-qualifying relay.
Hinkeldey, the defending state champion in the 400 meters, took first place in that event in 1 minute, 1.21 seconds, and added a first in the 400 hurdles in 1:09.19. She took second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 10 inches and ran on Alta's second place sprint medley relay.
Taking first places for Sioux Central, meanwhile, were junior Samantha Halverson in the discus (119 feet, 6 inches), senior Kayla Bright in the 100 meter dash (12.93 seconds), and sophomore Shana Hamilton in the open 800 meters in 2:36.90.
Sophomore Brianna Scharn qualified for state with a second-place in the 400 hurdles in 1:11.00. The Rebels' 4x200 relay team of Tricia Hogrefe, Brooke Loving, Nicole Scheiber and Bright was second in 1:52.46, while the 4x800 team of Nicole Lindquist, Hamilton, Lani Powers and Scharn qualified with second place in 11:05.24.
Bright also qualified for state in the 200 meter dash, taking third place. Her time of 27.39 seconds was among the eighth best in the state not counting first and second place finishers at all district meets.
Hogrefe qualified in the same way by taking third in the 100 dash in 13.08 seconds.
Two the Sioux Central relay teams just missed qualifying. The shuttle hurdle team of Jennifer Haraldson, Abbey Biedenfeld, Beth Ehlers and Hogrefe was third in 1:10.14 and the sprint medley team of Leah Whittenberg, Scheiber, Brooke Loving and Caitlin Patten took third in 1:59.88.
Hinkeldey, meanwhile, anchored Alta's second place sprint medley relay team that qualified for state. That team of Jahde Hammer, Samantha Suhr, Megan Suhr and Hinkeldey finished in 1:57.33.
Also for Alta, Megan Suhr took sixth in the long jump (14-10), while the 4x800 relay team of Liza Lichtenberg, Brianna Aube, Katie Connolly and Hammer was sixth in 11:36.47.
Newell-Fonda, according to coach Craig Davis, had the best showing for a girls track team in school history. The Mustangs qualified a school record four individuals and also scored a school-record 38 points in the meet.
Senior Andrea Larsen took second in the shot put with a toss of 36-8.75 and third in the discus with a new school record toss of 115 feet, 3 inches. Larsen, by virtue of the "next eight rule," qualified for state in that event as well.
Sophomore Sarah Culp proved she was the top distance runner in the district, taking first places in both the 3000 meters (12:06.19) and the 1500 meters (5:30.33).
The Mustangs 4x800 team of Ashley Arndorfer, Kristen Culp, Kaliee Kier and Ashley Lussman just missed state with a fourth place finish in 11:27.08.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's sophomore Abby Richardson qualified in the long jump with a third-place leap of 16 feet, 5 inches. The Panthers' shuttle hurdle relay team also qualified, with the team of Colleen Smith, Becky Lenhart, Jess Lussman and Richardson taking second in 1:08.39.
The Panthers' sprint medley team of Megan Snyder, Smith, Maggie Lange and Richardson was fourth in 2:00.48 and the 4x200 team of Snyder, Smith, Lange and Richardson took fifth in 1:56.62. The 4x100 relay team of Lussman, Smith, Lange and Snyder added a fifth place in 57.84 seconds.
Lussman was fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.59 seconds) while Becky Lenhart was sixth in 16.64 seconds. Abby Mohr added a sixth in the 3000 meters in 13:05.99.
The Schaller Crestland girls failed to qualify any individuals or relays. They were led by a third place in the 800 meters by Jill Wedeking (2:39.55) and a third place in the shot put by Jayme Cressler (33-7).
The Wildcats' distance medley team of Becky Willer, Andrea Cook, Kelli Carstensen and Wedeking was third in 4:49.97 while the 4x100 team of Willer, Wedeking, Carstensen and Cook was fourth in 54.90 seconds.
Aurelia was paced by the fifth-place shuttle hurdle team of Kristine Munden, Christa Corderman, Jessica Cougill and Priscilla Otto (1:13.48). The distance medley relay team of Munden, Arielle Megrath, Liz Laursen and Wendy Nelson was sixth in 4:52.25.
Megrath added a sixth place in the 100 meter dash in 13.67 seconds.