New Hampton track

New Hampton’s Rachel Rinken gives it everything she has as she leaps into the long jump pit at the Class 2A state track meet last Thursday.
Rachel Rinken knew she had to “hit” that first jump at the Class 2A state track meet last Thursday. A little less than a month ago, the New Hampton junior had been involved in a farm accident, and she still isn’t anywhere near 100 percent. “I knew the first one was huge,” Rinken said, “just because...
New Hampton senior Noah Fenske watches his 60-foot throw at the Class 2A state track and field meet last Thursday.
This wasn’t the way it was supposed to end, but New Hampton senior Noah Fenske was one discus throw away Friday from seeing his brilliant track career end in utter disappointment. A day after becoming the first Chickasaw to ever win a state title in a field event with a dominating performance in...
New Hampton’s Claire Quirk takes off on her anchor leg of the 4x800 relay team at the Class 2A state qualifying meet Friday evening.
New Hampton freshman Emily Jackson knows if there’s ever a need for a “computer refresher,” she could make millions. “I was so nervous. I was on the computer reloading the page every two seconds,” she said and then added with a laugh, “and I’m pretty good at it.” And when the Iowa Girls High School...
New Hampton’s Dylan Usher sprints to the finish line as he anchors the 4x800 relay during Friday’s Class 2A state qualifying meet.
Nolan Usher sat on the infield at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School Friday night and tried to muster up a smile. The New Hampton senior had just “picked off” four runners on the homestretch to place third in the 800 in a season-best time of 2:08.54, which he knew probably wasn’t quite enough to...
New Hampton’s lone senior, Brittney White, runs a leg of the sprint medley Thursday at the NEIC meet.
Maddie Usher followed the game plan to perfection at the Northeast Iowa Conference meet Thursday and came home a champion. Taking the lead from the start, Usher never faltered and pulled away to win the 800, and a few minutes later, her teammate and sophomore classmate, Claire Quirk, gave the...
Nathan O’Donnell runs a 200 leg on New Hampton’s distance medley relay at the NEIC meet last Thursday.
Evan Gossling admitted that the frustration was building; after all, the Chickasaw had put together a breakout junior track season and put the work into the offseason before his senior year. For some reason though, he just couldn’t break through in his favorite race, the 400 low hurdles. Then came...
The sports page of the New Hampton Economist trumpets Michele Carlin’s run to the 800 Drake Relays title in 1984.
Michele (Carlin) Sailstad couldn’t help but laugh when she was asked about the 1984 Drake Relays. “Oh goodness, that was 35 years ago,” she said, “so I’m a little fuzzy on the details. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great memory — one I’ll always have — and I remember I won but the exact details? If I...
New Hampton’s Austin Geerts looks back for Stephen Holschlag, who is finishing up his 200 leg of the distance medley at the Crestwood Coed that was held last Thursday night.
It was in so many ways a fitting end for the New Hampton boys track team Monday night. There was Evan Gossling, one of the three seniors on the Chickasaws’ roster, desperately trying to hold off Waukon’s Pat Hennessy in the 4x400 and for a brief moment, it didn’t look good for New Hampton. But...
New Hampton’s Laney Roberson gets ready to toss the discus at the Crestwood Coed last Thursday.
With the conference meet today and districts right around the corner, New Hampton girls’ track coach Jeanette Laures has one goal: to improve. The Chickasaws took opportunities to do this, as they competed at Crestwood last Thursday and at Denver on Monday.  They totaled 106 points on their way to...
New Hampton’s Rachel Rinken competes in the long jump at the Drake Relays last Thursday evening.
It wasn’t the finish Rachel Rinken wanted, but it says something about the New Hampton’s junior that she even competed in the long jump at last week’s Drake Relays. Five days after being injured in a farm accident, Rinken took to the runway and got off three legal jumps — finishing 22nd with a best...

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