BAXTER — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter sophomore Lauren Ratliff knows all about Colfax-Mingo standout Dakota Hostetter. Ratliff knows Hostetter is a three-time state qualifier and one of the best distance runners in Class 1A.
Ratliff got an even better look at Hostetter on April 10 when the two standouts went head-to-head on the final leg of the 4x800 relay.
Hostetter had her work cut out for her when she got the baton in fourth place. The senior ran down Ratliff and a runner from North Polk to move into second place after 600 meters.
The two area runners eventually put together two of the fastest legs in the entire race, but Ratliff rallied her Raiders to a third-place finish with a late pass of Hostetter in the final 20 meters.
“It was fun to race against her,” Ratliff said of Hostetter. “She is really good. That was a fun race.”
Hostetter rallied the Tigerhawks, but Colfax-Mingo finished fourth in the event despite her efforts.
The bronze-medal finish for CMB was part of 12 top-three finishes in front of its home crowd during the CMB Raiders Invitational.
The Raiders won three events, finished second in four others and scored double points in four individual events, but West Marshall and North Polk were just a little better in spoiling the home meet for CMB.
West Marshall won the meet with 140 points. North Polk (129) was four points better than CMB (125) in second, and the rest of the field included Madrid (94), Colo-NESCO (36), South Hardin (32) and Colfax-Mingo (32).
Junior Sailor Hinegardner and sophomore Gracie Cheville were each part of two wins on the night for the Raiders. The duo joined forces to win the shuttle hurdle relay, Hinegardner won the long jump and Cheville was part of the winning distance medley relay that also featured Ratliff as the anchor.
“This is our last year at CMB, and I have a lot of big goals for our final year,” Ratliff said. “I wasn’t satisfied at all with the fifth place we got in cross country. So I am motivated to be better. We just want to improve from one meet to the next.”
Colfax-Mingo got third-place finishes in the shot put and high jump, and the distance medley relay featuring freshman Jordan Atwood, junior Ries Wilson, Hostetter and freshman Abbey McConeghey also finished third.
Hinegardner began her night with another win in the long jump. Her best leap covered 15 feet, 6 1/2 inches and senior Megan Ritter gave the Raiders double points with a fourth-place finish.
Hinegardner also was second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 100 with times of 17.19 and 13.54, respectively. Cheville got the bronze medal in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.55 and Ritter was fourth in the 100 in 13.75.
The winning shuttle hurdle relay team featured Hinegardner, junior Mary Schabilion, Cheville and junior Brianda Bane. That foursome won the race in 1:12.27.
Ratliff’s night included a distance medley relay win, a runner-up finish in the 1,500 and a third-place finish in the 4x800 relay.
“I am not used to that event, but I think it’s an event that we can be good at it,” Ratliff said of the distance medley relay. “I’ll need to cut time down and we have to figure out which of young 400 runners fits best. That is stuff we are trying to figure out still.”
The distance medley relay included Cheville, freshman Trinity Stover, sophomore Piper Larson and Ratliff and they finished in 4:41.45. The Tigerhawks’ medley relay team of Atwood, Wilson, Hostetter and McConeghey was third in 4:45.70.
McConeghey put together two 800 splits in the 2:30s, and she was fourth in the 1,500.
“The first 800 was very good. I was ready for that one,” McConeghey said of her 4x800 leg. “I wish I wouldn’t have gotten passed in the second 800. I still need to work on the mental part of these races.”
CMB went 2-3 in the 1,500 and 2-4 in the 3,000.
Ratliff finished her 1,500 in 5:26.15, and senior Heather Jessen was third in 5:35.18.
McConeghey’s fourth-place finish was clocked at 5:39.39.
Jessen was the runner-up in the 3,000 in 11:40.11 and sophomore Brenna Thomson was fourth in 11:48.85.
Bane took second in the 400 hurdles, losing the lead during the final sprint after clearing the final hurdle. She finished the race in 1:12.94.
Sophomore Kaylin Van Ryswyk completed the top-three individual finishes with a bronze medal in the discus (95-1).
The third-place 4x800 relay team included junior Ashlee Johnson, freshman Mikayla Houge, Jessen and Ratliff, and those four finished in 10:46.62. Colfax-Mingo’s foursome of sophomore Ilia Hostetter, McConeghey, sophomore Courtney Burdess and Dakota Hostetter was fourth in 10:47.38.
Wilson was third in the high jump with a leap of 4-8, and junior Rhiannon Haley was third in the shot put with a toss of 33-0.