Decorah Viking girls track and field team's relay teams do well at State Meet

Posted: Thu, May 17, 2018 10:44 PM
Emily Franzen clears the high jump (all photos by decorahsports.com's Becky Vande Lune)

For many years, the strength of the Decorah Viking Track & Field team has been their relay teams--and Thursday at the State Track Meet in Des Moines, it was no different.

The Viking Shuttle Hurdle Relay team finished third in preliminary racing, while the 4 x 800 meter relay team took fourth place and earned 6 points for the Vikings.  Grace Syverson, Ambria Pipho, Katie Bjergum and Bella Knudson finished third in the Shuttle Hurdle prelims with a time of 1:07.10 and will race again at 9:00 Saturday morning.  Jenna Galligan, Sarah Mikkelson, Leila Johnson and Shayla Betts finished 4th in the 4 x 800, with a time of 9:34.68.

Thursday results:
--Girls High Jump  Emily Franzen  finished 20th with a jump of 11.00 feet
--Girls 200 meter dash Brooke Berns finished 15th with a time of 26.70 seconds
--4 x 800 meter relay: Decorah team of Jenna Galligan, Sarah Mikkelson, Leila Johnson and Shayla Betts finished 4th with a time of 9:34.68
--100 meter dash: Brynne Valkosky finished 10th with a time of 13.01 seconds
--400 meter dash: Olivia Battle finished 15th with a time of 1:02.30
--Shuttle Hurdle: Decorah team of Grace Syverson, Ambria Pipho, Katie Bjergum and Bella Knudson finished third in the prelims with a time of 1:07.10 and will race again at 9:00 Saturday morning

Ambria Pipho takes her turn in the high jump
The 4 x 800 relay team placed 4th. L-R: Leila Johnson, Shayla Betts, Sarah Mikkelson, and Jenna Galligan
Sarah Mikkelson takes the baton from teammate Jenna Galligan in the 4 x 800
Brooke Berns (far left) placed 15th in the 200 meter dash