Charles City hosts and wins Comet Girls Relays
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — The Comet Girl Relays hosted by Charles City on Friday was also the team’s “Senior Night”.
During the latter half of the meet, Charles City’s senior athletes were accompanied by their parents on the track while being formally introduced to the spectators and having their own favorite track memories announced over the PA.
As often par for the course during events like this, some of these “memories” bordered on slapstick.
But on a more serious note, among the best memories for track and field athletes is earning one’s first vasity win in an event.
There were several of these firsts for Charles City during Friday’s meet in which the Comets won with 97 team points, 22 better than runner-up Jesup — Clear Lake and Tripoli placed third and fourth, respectively.
Noted for her prowess as a distance runner, Charles City sophomore Kiki Connell won her first varsity sprint outdoor race when she crossed the finish line in 13.46 seconds.
This came right after Comet junior Alex Litterer, who was a state qualifier in the shuttle hurdle relay last season, won her first 100-meter hurdles event of the season with a time of 18.17 seconds.
Junior Liz Fiser, who currently has the team’s top time in the 100 hurdles (17.52), won her first long jump event on Friday with a leap of 15 feet, 9 ½ inches.
Near the end of the meet, Comet sophomore Brianna Ross won her first varsity 1,500-meter run.
The relays were Charles City’s lone home girls track meet of the regular season. Charles City will host a joint Class 3A State Qualifier on May 7.
Next meet up for the Comet girls is at Dike-New Hartford on Tuesday.