The weather through the first few weeks of the Iowa high school outdoor track season has shown few signs of progress.
But that hasn't stopped the Muscatine girls track and field team from continuing to improve through its first four outdoor meets this spring.
The latest signs arrived at Saturday's Assumption Invitational at Augustana College, where the Muskies finished seventh out of 14 teams with 35.33 points. Competing in its first event of the outdoor season, Decorah placed first with 129 points.
"For the conditions, I thought it went well," Muscatine coach Tim Armstrong said. "It was not only cold, but there was a pretty strong wind. The girls are pretty resilient. Their times were pretty decent, some weren't too far off from their season bests. We placed in almost every event we entered."
Muskie senior Moriah Morter finished second in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 32.03 seconds. Sophomore Gracie McDonald added a fourth-place performance in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 32 feet, 4 inches. Sophomore Lauren Dirth added another fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:16.89), senior Maddie Beik tied for fourth in the high jump (4-8) and sophomore Rylee Blake finished fifth in the 3,000 (11:58.32).
Muscatine's shuttle hurdle relay (1:16.59) and distance medley relay (4:58.78) both finished third.
"It was a pretty tough field," Armstrong said. "There were quite a few good schools from Illinois and some good teams from Iowa. I think we're improving each meet, and hopefully Thursday the weather forecast will hold. If it does, I'm anxious to see if we can drop some time."
The Muskies are scheduled to compete Thursday in the Jesse Day Relays at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.