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Ex-Wildcat, former Viking shine in WHAC track meet

Bailey Ballard

Wayland High School graduate Maggie Whitney and Hopkins grad Bailey Ballard both turned in outstanding performances for Aquinas College Thursday at the 2021 Wolverine-Hoosier Conference (WHAC) outdoor track & field championships in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ballard, a senior thrower captured two WHAC individual championships while Whitney was a member 4×800 meter relay squad along with Hannah AdlerColette Lark and Grace Sweet also claimed the conference title.

Ballard was victorious in the hammer throw with a winning toss of 49.91 meters (163 feet, 9 inches) that was nearly nine feet better than the runner-up in the competition. In fact, four of Ballard’s six throws were good enough to win the event.

Ballard followed up her first title with a discus throw championship later in the day. After dominating the hammer throw, her fourth discus  37.52 meters (123 feet, 1 inch) gave her the victory by just five inches.

The 4×800 meter relay team won by nearly 33 seconds, using a time of 9:30.48 to capture the conference title. That time ranks the quartet seventh in the NAIA this season.

COVER PHOTO: The championship WHAC 3200 relay team. Former Wildcat Maggie Whitney is second from right.

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