Monica Malila (R) and Kaitlyn Kregel make a clean handoff in the girls 4x200. Decorah finished first in this event. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The first baton handoff of the season was made Saturday as the Decorah boys and girls track teams participated in the Luther Invite.
No team scores were kept.
Five events captured the gold medal for the girls team.
Junior Alexis Hove proved she is one the fastest girls in the region by taking first in the 55-meter dash. She clocked in at 7.76 seconds, winning by 0.06 seconds.
Speedster Dailen Folkedahl ran away with the title in the 200-meter dash. She crossed the finish line in 27.96 seconds, winning by 0.40 seconds.
A state participant in 2012, Kassie Hoyme started her sophomore season with a bang, winning the shot put. She threw 36 feet, 8.5 inches to win.
The 4x200 of Folkedahl, Randi-Kate Canoy, Monica Malila and Kaitlyn Kregel crossed the finish line in 1:54.98, taking first by over two seconds.
Kregel, Taylor Schuring, Tess Olinger and Malila combined in the 4x400 to cut nearly six seconds off the seed time and win in 4:19.27.
Maria McDonough was the silver medalist in the 800-meter run. The sophomore finished in 2:37.45. Also in second was Kelly Minear in the 1600-meter run. She finished in 6:08.81.
The shuttle hurdle relay quartet of Tori Hartman, Linnea Kephart, Monica Tappe and Molly Wettach needed just 36.32 seconds to take second.
Taking third was Alison Sexton in the 400-meter dash (1:08.01).
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