It was probably easy to spot Elizabeth Gibbs, Rachel Rhomberg, Devin Simon and Libby Felton walking around the campus of Cascade High School last week. They were the ones beaming with pride after they raced to a sixth-place in the shuttle hurdle relay at the 2021 Drake Relays in Des Moines, April 22.

Gibbs, Rhomberg, Simon and Felton took second in the third section with a time of 1:08.32, which was good enough for sixth in the event.

“Shuttle hurdle has to be the most nerve-racking event because so many things can go wrong from break lines to getting over 40 hurdles. All of our hurdlers have been working extremely hard from the off-season through every practice. The team continues to improve and we are getting to the point in the season where the puzzle starts to get put together for the post-season.”

Simon and Gibbs earned some more valuable experience on the blue oval as they each competed in individual events. Simon ran a 16.46 in the 100-meter hurdles for a 23rd of 32 runners. Gibbs clocked 1:08.89 in the 400-hurdles to take 15th in a group of 16 runners.

Later that same day, the team took 10th place at the West Delaware Girls’ Invite at Manchester, April 22, despite entering a limited number of events.

Denver earned the top spot with 112 points with Central Elkader taking second (55), Independence was third (53.50), Mari on fourth (52), Western Dubuque fifth (49), Vinton-Shellsburg sixth (44), West Delaware seventh (42), Beckman Catholic eighth (40), Union ninth (37.50), Cascade 10th (35), Dike-New Hartford 11th (31), while Maquoketa Valley and Edgewood-Colesburg tied for 12th place (19).

The top finish for the Cougars was Felton taking first place in the 100-hurdles (16.60). Taylor Menster raced to second in the 100 (13.01) and third in the 200 (27.43).

Cascade took fourth in three events: 400 — Simon (1:02.64); high jump — Corinne Rea (4-6); and distance medley relay — Grace Bergfeld, Ellie Green, Maddie Knapp and Claudia Noonan (4:51.28).