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The soccer teams took on City High at the University of Iowa Soccer Field last week. Check out the link below for full recap and photos!

The Trojans headed to Drake Stadium for the annual Drake Relays April 26-27. Check out the link below for full recap and photos.

The girls' soccer team showed their offensive power in a statement win over Cedar Rapids Washington. Check out the link below for full recap and photos.

The track and field teams competed at City for the 51st Forewald-Coleman Relays April 18. Check out the link below for full recap.

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Girls track and field roundup

After moving several meets due to cold weather, the West High girls track team ran their first outdoor meet on March 28.

After moving the only girls’ track home meet from March 26 to March 28, the West High girls’ track and field team competed against Linn Mar and Cedar Falls in the Women of Troy relays. While the meet did not calculate team scores, the varsity team had a total of 19 top-three finishes, and the junior varsity team had seven top-three finishes. 

On March 30, they traveled to Kingston Stadium to compete in the J-Hawk Relays. Overall, the varsity team placed sixth with 63 points. Most notably, West placed second in the 800-meter dash (Kate Van Waning’ 26), second in the 4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay (Erinn Varga ’24, Jaylin Herring ’26, Lily McConnell ’25 and Eriniah Carter’ 24), first and second in the 400-meter hurdles (Herring and Varga) and third in the shot put (Helen Penning’ 24). 

While the girls’ track meet at Williamsburg on April 2 was postponed until April 15, the girls traveled nearby to Clear Creek Amana on April 6. West High placed fifth overall in the girls’ varsity team scores. The girls track team posted their first Blue Standard that day with the shuttle hurdle relay team, composed of Varga, Herring, Carter and Sophia Olivio ’25. They breezed past the qualifying time 1:07.00 for the Drake Relays by running a time of 1:06.68. The varsity team also won third in the long jump (Eva Willis’ 26), third in the shot put (Penning), first in the 100-meter hurdles (Olivio), first and second in the 400-meter hurdles (Varga and Herring) and second in the 4×400 meter relay (Sophia Austin ’27, Willis, Varga and Herring).

The girls’ track and field team will compete at Mount Mercy University, Urbandale and West High in the Eastern Iowa Track Festival from April 8 to April 14. 

WOMEN OF TROY RELAYS

Varsity performances in the top seven:

100-meter dash: 3rd place 13:80 (Miracle Stewart ’25), 4th place 13.87 (Natalie Steva ’25), 7th place 14.32 (Aarianna Shaw ’27)

200-meter dash: 4th place 28.57 (Evelyn Cornish ’27)

400-meter dash: 4th place 1:10.01 (Jena Frank ’26), 5th place 1:12.88 (Lucy Gardner ’26), 6th place 1:13.59 (Angelina Forte ’24)

800-meter dash: 1st place 2:43.34 (Cindy Wang ’24), 3rd place 2:58.96 (Hannah Longmire ’26), 4th place 2:59.03 (Yaya Orszula ’24)

1500-meter run: 3rd place 5:35.07 (Gabrielle Moniza ’24)

100-meter hurdles: 2nd place 16.91 (Eriniah Carter ’24), 7th place 18:33 (Maliyah Lawrence ’26)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 1:07.75 (Jaylin Herring ’26), 2nd place 1:10.41 (Erinn Varga ’24)

3000-meter run: 1st place 12:11.45 (Kalli Titus ’25), 2nd place 12:13.40 (Cindy Wang ’24)

Long jump: 3rd place 15-02.00 (Lindsey McKane ’25), 4th place 14-09.75 (Adriana Vargas ’26)

High jump: 2nd place 4-10.00 (Cornish), 2nd place 4-10.00 (Sophia Austin ’27), 4th place 4-08.00 (Ava Bruxvoort ’25)

Shot put: 1st place 35-01.25 (Helen Penning ’24)

Discus: 6th place 86-09 (Penning)

4×100-meter relay: 3rd place 52.89 

4×200-meter relay: 2nd place 1:59.64 (Abbigail Massey ’26, Shaw, Bruxvoort, Vargas)

4×400-meter relay: 1st place 4:35.92 (Frank, Eva Willis ’26, Varga, Herring)

4×800-meter relay: 2nd place 10:36.28 (Moniza, Annie Dickens ’25, Helen Orszula ’24, Lydia Evans ’26)

1600 medley relay: 1st place 4:37.50 (Caroline Dickens ’27, Lily McConnell ’25, McKane, Kate Van Waning ’26)

4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay: 1st place 1:10.65 (Herring, Varga, Carter, Willis)

Junior varsity performances in the top seven: 

100-meter dash: 3rd place 15:12 (Dede Noupougbe ’27), 5th place 15:34 (Jayonna Stephanys ’26)

200-meter dash: 2nd place 31.39 (Zahria Stratton ’26)

1500-meter run: 3rd place 6:17.91 (Orszula)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 1:22.14 (Erin Chen ’27)

4×100-meter relay: 1st place 53:89

4×200-meter relay: 3rd place 2:10.73 (Karen Liu ’24, Alyssa McClain ’27, Kylie Stevens ’26, Aseel Matar ’26)

4×800-meter relay: 1st place 12:13.03 (Mingmei Lumetta ’27, Emelia Grueter ’26, Ivy Hendrickson ’25, Sidney Tranel ’25)

J-HAWK RELAYS

Varsity performances in the top seven

800-meter dash: 2nd place 2:26.72 (Kate Van Waning ’26)

100-meter hurdles: 4th place 16.81 (Erinn Varga ’24), 5th place 16:97 (Jaylin Herring ’26)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 1:09.24 (Jaylin Herring ’26), 2nd place 1:09.53 (Erinn Varga ’24)

Shot put: 3rd place 36-01.25 (Helen Penning ’24)

4×100-meter relay: 6th place 53.41 (Natalie Steva ’25, Sophia Olivio ’25, Evelyn Cornish ’27, Miracle Stewart ’26)

4×400-meter relay: 6th place 4:28.15 (Jena Frank ’26, Gabrielle Moniza ’24, Van Waning, Lydia Evans ’26)

1600 medley relay: 4th place 4:46.49 (Caroline Dickens ’27, Ava Bruxvoort ’25, Evans, Moniza)

4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay: 2nd place 1:08.98 (Varga, Herring, Lily McConnel ’24, Eriniah Carter ’24)

Junior varsity performances in the top seven

200-meter dash: 4th place 28.89 (Anna Dickens ’25)

400-meter dash: 5th place 1:12.36 (Sidney Tranel ’25)

1500-meter run: 4th place 5:56.84 (Emelia Grueter ’26), 7th place 6:08.51 (Ivy Hendrickson ’25)

100-meter hurdles: 1st place 16.43 (Eriniah Carter ’24)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 1:17.49 (Erin Chen ’27)

Long jump: 1st place 14-06.25 (Eva Willis ’26)

4×100-meter relay: 2nd place 54.76 (Lily McConnell ’25, Carter, Lindsey McKane ’25, Caroline Dickens ’27)

4×800-meter relay: 5th place 11:50.78 (Hannah Longmire ’27, Grueter, Hendrickson, Tranel)

800 medley relay: 2nd place 2:06.12 (Makiyah Brown ’27, Aarianna Shaw ’27, Chen, Jena Frank ’26)

1600 medley relay: 3rd place 5:10.63 (Shaw, Brown, Angelina Forte ’24, Yaya Orszula ’24)

CLEAR CREEK AMANA RELAYS 

Varsity performances in the top seven

100-meter dash: 6th place 13:45 (Miracle Stewart ’25), 7th place 13.65 (Natalie Steva ’25)

200-meter dash: 5th place 28.23 (Evelyn Cornish ’27)

400-meter dash: 7th place 1:07.98 (Caroline Dickens ’27)

1500-meter run: 5th place 5:19.81 (Kate Van Waning ’26)

100-meter hurdles: 1st place 15.71 (Sophia Olivio ’26), 5th place 16:62 (Eriniah Carter ’24)

400-meter hurdles: 1st place 1:08.12 (Erinn Varga ’24), 2nd place 1:08.23 (Jaylin Herring ’26)

3000-meter run: 5th place 11:28.87 (Van Waning), 7th place 12:06.05 (Kalli Titus ’25)

Long jump: 3rd place 15-5.00 (Eva Willis ’26)

High jump: 7th place 4-10.00 (Evelyn Cornish ’27)

Shot put: 3rd place 36-11.00 (Helen Penning ’24)

4×100-meter relay: 4th place 53.84 (Cornish, Steva, Carter, Stewart)

4×400-meter relay: 2nd place 4:15.55 (Sophia Austen ’27, Willis, Varga, Herring)

800 medley relay: 6th place 2:00.01 (Steva, Caroline Dickens ’27, Stewart, Lydia Evans ’26)

1600 medley relay: 6th place 4:48.66 (Makiyah Brown ’27, Aarianna Shaw ’27, Lindsey McKane ’25, Cindy Wang ’24)

4×100-meter shuttle hurdle relay: 1st place 1:06.68 (Varga, Herring, Carter, Olivio)

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(she/her) Erinn is a senior at West and this is her second year on staff. She is the design editor and opinion editor for the print publication. If she's not currently running, you can find her drawing, listening to music or consuming media.
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