Viking girls track and field team wins their 14th consecutive NEIC championship

Posted: Tue, May 8, 2018 1:57 PM
L-R: It was a first place finish for the 4 x 400 medley team of Sarah Mikkelson, Brooke Berns, Jenna Galligan, and Katie Nimrod (photos by's Becky Vande Lune)

It was an exceptional night for the Vikings girls track & field team on Monday, as they extended one of the longest consecutive NEIC championship streaks in any sport in the league history.  Monday the girls went home from Charles City with their 14th conference win.

Decorah finished up the night with 189 points, well ahead of Crestwood, which had 114.  New Hampton had 100, Charles City 85, Waverly Shell-Rock 62, Waukon 22, and Oelwein 16 points.

It was a second place finish for Brynne Valkosky (12.84) and a third place finish for Allie Hafner (13.02) in the 100 meter dash. Fiona Buresh finished second in the 200 meter dash with her time of 26.87.

Katie Nimrod won the 400 meter dash in 58.89 and Brooke Berns came in third in 1:01.66. In the 800 meter run Katie Nimrod (2:19.08) and Jenna Galligan (2:19.48) battled it out for a first and second place finish. Nimrod broke the1987 conference record with her time of 2:19.08. Shayla Betts finished second in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:07.64. Brooke Courtney was third as she finished in 5:25.47. Kaitlyn Rooney was the winner of the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:38.77. Annette Leschensky was third as she finished in 12:24.81.

Ambria Pipho finished in second place in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:09.12 and Madison Sexton was third with her time of 1:10.11.

In field events Hailey Nierling won the shot put with her throw of 36 feet, 4.5 inches. Jordyn Hussain was third in the discus with her throw of 105 feet, 6 inches. Ambria Pipho finished in fourth place in the high jump as she cleared 4 feet, 10 inches.

The Vikings won first place in five relay events and second place in two relay events.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Allie Hafner, Rylea Ranum, Brynne Valkosky, and Rose Gullekson won the event with their time of 50.25. It was another first place finish for the 4 x 200 relay team of Allie Hafner, Rylea Ranum, Amanda Kuehner, and Rose Gullekson with the time of 1:49.87.

The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Sarah Mikkelson, Brooke Berns, Jenna Galligan, and Katie Nimrod finished in first place in 4:06.38.

The 4 x 800 meter relay team of  Meg Sessions, Brooke Courtney, Sarah Mikkelson, and Cassidy Carolan finished in second place with a time of 10:03.76. The 400 meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Grace Syverson, Ambria Pipho, Katie Bjergum, and Bella Knutson finished in second place with a time of 1:08.22.

The sprint medley team of Brynne Valkosky, Rose Gullekson, Olivia Battle, and Fiona Buresh won with their time of 1:53.43. It was also a victory for the distance medley team of Fiona Buresh, Sarah Mikkelson, Olivia Battle, and Leila Johnson as they won with a time of 4:23.91.

On Thursday Decorah will host Regionals with a start time of 4:00 p.m. as they compete with Charles City, Center Point-Urbana, Crestwood, Independence, Vinton-Shellsburg, West Delaware, and Waverly-Shell Rock for a chance to run at the state meet May 17th-19th.

L-R: Brynne Valkosky and Allie Hafner compete in the 100 meter dash
Leila Johnson ran the 4th leg in the distance medley relay
L-R: Rylea Ranum, Brynne Valkosky, Allie Hafner, and Rose Gullekson are all smiles after their win in the 4 x 100 meter relay
The Vikings and their coaches proudly display their conference plaque