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Hinton girls win L-B Invite

Monday, April 12, 2004

Hinton won five events and the team title overall at the Lawton-Bronson Invitational girls' track meet Tuesday, April 6.

The Blackhawks won the meet by 20 points, with 99 total team points. Woodbine was the closest to Hinton in second with 79 and Storm Lake St. Mary's was third in the eight-team field with 76.

Amber Bietz was an individual two-time winner for Hinton, claiming first in both the 200-meter dash and the long jump. Megan Hawthorne and Tara Christensen were also individual winners for the Blackhawks, with Hawthorne finishing first in the 400-meter hurdles and Christiansen winning the 100-meter hurdles.

The Distance Medley team of Hawthorne, Melissa Turman, Kaylee Small and Delainye Hardersen also earned a first-place finish.

Hinton had four runners-up at the meet as well, including Bietz in the 400-meter dash, Small in the 800-meter run, Hardersen in the 1,500-meter run and Christiansen in the high jump.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Megan Brown, Brecca Schindel, Jana Sitzmann and Cami Stevens was third, as was the Shuttle Hurdley relay team of Stevens, Kerri Klemmensen, Sitzmann and Turman.

The Blackhawks had no fourth-place finishes, but two fifth-place events including Turman in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay team of Schindel, Stevens, Brown and Kayla Hansen. Allyssa Eickholt was Hinton's final place-winner, taking sixth in the shot put. Times and field events statistics were not available.

Hinton head coach Mark Wilson said though the team won the meet, the Blackhawks are somewhat behind due to various circumstances.

"I got my kids two weeks later than normal, then one of my girls was sick and didn't get started when the others did," said Wilson. "Then, three days after the basketball girls started, the band and chorus took off on a trip to Chicago, so we started all over again."

Wilson said that, wish no preseason to speak of, the team must now use meets as practice to improve during .

"Practice is a cherished thing," said Wilson. "I keep telling everyone that we'll be better two weeks from now and better May 15 (District meet)."

Hinton will run next Tuesday, April 13 at the Alta Relays.

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