Waldorf Delivers Strong Performances in Red Raider Open

– Returning to action in the third meet of the outdoor season, the Waldorf University women’s track and field team continued an upward trend by delivering strong showings in the Red Raider Open.

The Warriors broke outdoor school records in four events and established the mark in a fifth event during the two-day meet, which concluded on Thursday.

Waldorf’s Peyton Russell delivered a second-place performance in the javelin. The junior from Bedford registered a distance of 37.57 meters (123 feet, 3 inches) to eclipse her previous outdoor school record by one-hundredth of a meter (0.39 inches).

“Peyton did really well in the javelin,” Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said.

Morgan Straight charged to fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 1 minute, 9.14 seconds to improve her outdoor school record by 1.94 seconds. The freshman from Belle Plaine also battled to eighth (16.83) in the 100 hurdles, bringing down the previous outdoor school record by 0.23 seconds.

“Morgan did a great job in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles,” White said. “She showed huge improvements in both, showing great form in the 100 hurdles and incredible effort in the 400 hurdles. She hit every hurdle with the right stride and just dug deep all the way to the finish.”

The 4×800 relay team of freshman Marissa Kuik, junior Bailey Matthaidess, freshman Katelynn Ramirez and junior Charley Buddenhagen pulled in eighth (12:14.71) as they shattered the outdoor school record by 21.67 seconds.

“The 4×800 relay team did a great job, digging deep through a tough race,” White said.

Matthaidess made school history for the Warriors in the 3,000 steeplechase as the Eldridge native became the program’s first female athlete to compete in the event and went the distance with a time of 14:32.21.

“Bailey established the steeple record for us, showing good form and endurance through a tough race,” White said. “It was a bit of a cool day to steeple, but she pushed through unfavorable weather to still finish with a good time.”

Kuik closed out the 1,500 in 5:45.71 while Ramirez made her debut in the event to cross the finish line in 6:40.31.

“Katelynn did a great job,” White said. “She’s transitioning from long distance to middle distance, so once she gets the right kind of training, she’s going to see some big improvements. As it is, she did really well and I’m excited to see how she does in the next few weeks.”

Waldorf’s 4×400 relay team of Straight, Kuik, Buddenhagen and junior Danielle Holt ran to a time of 4:56.19 as they displayed a full-out effort.

“The 4×400 relay women did a great job,” White said. “Morgan ran a really strong 400 split for the first leg even though she had just finished competing in the 400 hurdles. Marissa and Charley also ran strong splits after competing earlier in the meet and the day before. Danielle anchored the race well despite feeling a little sore.”

In other track events for the Warriors, Buddenhagen posted a time of 1:16.49 in the 400 and Holt delivered a 17.65-second performance in the 100 hurdles.

Waldorf’s Kelli Wallace set a personal record in the hammer throw with a distance of 36.55 meters (119 feet, 11 inches) to top her previous mark by 6.12 meters (20 feet, 0.94 inches). The sophomore from Blooming Prairie, Minn. also made her first appearance in the javelin with an 18.34-meter (60-foot-2-inch) throw.

“Kelli had a decent first time trying javelin and she had a huge PR in the hammer,” White said.

Wallace also competed in the distance, contributing a mark of 20.73 meters (68 feet).

Freshman MacKinze Thill-Urbanek went to work for the Warriors in the shot put, discus and hammer. She threw the shot 10.43 meters (34 feet, 2.75 inches), launched the discus 28.91 meters (94 feet, 10 inches) and recorded a distance of 36.38 meters (119 feet, 4 inches) in the hammer.

“MacKinze had some far tosses, but her best landed out of bounds,” White said.

Freshman Jennifer Plancarte continued to progress for Waldorf in the hammer, providing a throw of 29.58 meters (97 feet) to surpass her debut performance by 2.92 meters (9 feet, 9.96 inches). In the discus, Plancarte notched a mark of 21.40 meters (70 feet, 2 inches).

“Jennifer PR’d in the hammer, showing great improvement,” White said.

The Warriors now prepare for next Saturday’s Dick Young Invitational, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Grinnell.

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