Girls Track: West Wins MVC Division Crown

By Jeff Hare and Scott Saville, Reporters

Iowa City West's McKennan Cronbaugh (center) runs to the finish against teammate Kiana Wilson (right) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Amari Waller during 100-meter dash at the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Divisional track meet at Iowa City West High School on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Grant Burkhardt

IOWA CITY — Track may be a team sport, but individual performances determine champions.

Iowa City West, behind McKennan Cronbaugh’s four victories, took home the team title at the MVC Mississippi Division girls’ track and field meet Monday night at West.

Cronbaugh won gold in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the long jump and the 400 relay and was named the most outstanding athlete of the meet.

The Trojans totaled 159 team points, followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy at 128.5, Iowa City High at 122 and Cedar Rapids Jefferson at 84. Most teams used last night’s meet as a tuneup for Thursday’s regionals and districts.

“It was nice to finish second and I am happy with the way we ran tonight,” Kennedy Coach Mark Jensen said. “I am also somewhat surprised in the way things turned out. Many schools here were holding some of their better performers out, getting ready for the state qualifier.”

Jefferson Coach Bill Calloway was among those focused on Thursday.

“It’s all about total preparation for Thursday, that’s the big one,” he said. “Tonight the points didn’t really matter. Thursday is what we are pushing for.”

Once again, the Jefferson relay teams were dominant, winning the 3,200 sprint medley, 800 and the 400 shuttle hurdle, which shattered the meet record with a time of 1:04.98.

“Our relays have been outstanding all year,” Calloway said. “Malyia Rattliffe, Lisa Schneekloth, Jasmine Blue and Rachel Broghammer were very good tonight. As was Taylor Jacobson in the sprint medley, and Meredith Koenigsfeld also ran well for us tonight.”


In the boys’ meet at Dubuque, Jefferson’s Timauntay Jones set school and conference records with 1:53.36 in the 800 meters.

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