From the May 21, 1987 Sun Take heart Lisbon track fans
May 18, 2017
Editor's note: This story, written by Sun news editor Jeff Dahn, appeared in the May 21, 1987, edition of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun.
Take heart, Lisbon track fans. You may have lost your boys team this spring, but the girls program is alive and well. The Lion girls roared to a second-place finish at their district track meet last Tuesday afternoon (May 12) and will be sending three girls to this weekend's Iowa Girls State Track Meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
That has to be some consolation to Lisbon track fans, who saw their boys team merged with Mount Vernon this spring. The reason for that merger became quite obvious, however, when only one Lisbon boy decided to go out.
The three qualifiers for the girls all took first place in their respective events at the district meet, which was held in Stanwood.
Sherri Siegel won the high jump with a leap of 5 foot even; Jodi Herboldsheimer won the 200-meter dash in a time of :27.9; and Jenny McElmeel won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of :16.2.
"I was really pleased with them," Lisbon coach Deb Blaha said of her team's effort at districts. "We performed above our own expectations."
Besides the fine performances from the state qualifiers, many of the other Lisbon athletes enjoyed a fine afternoon, although they will not be competing at the state meet.
The shuttle hurdle relay team broke its own school record, running a 1.12.14, good for second place. That team consists of Tiffanie Mollenhauer, Lynn Hardin, Angie Brown and Jenny McElmeel. Also finishing second but not qualifying was the sprint medley relay team, which is comprised of sisters Jenny and Colene McElmeel, Amy Kohl and Herboldsheimer.
Their time in the medley was an even 2 minutes. Also helping by adding team points were Herboldsheimer, a third-place finisher in the long jump with a sail of 15-feet, 1 1⁄2 - inches; a third place finish by the 4x200 relay team of Michelle Lint, Mollenhauer, Colene McElmeel and Kohl; and a fourth-place finish by Hardin in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:17.66. There was also a fifth place finish by Monica Smith in the 4.00-meter dash in a time of :66.9; a fifth-place finish by Jenny McElmeel in the long jump after a leap of 14 feet, 3 inches; and a sixth-place finish by the 4x100 relay team of Herboldsheimer, Kohl, Monica Smith and Colene McElmeel, which came despite a dropped baton.
While the district meet is usually the last hurdle before the state meet, the Lions still had the Mid-East Conference (MEC) meet to look forward to on Tuesday afternoon (May 19), also on the oval in Stanwood. Last spring, Lisbon finished fourth at the MEC meet, its best finish in the previous five years.