Michelle Denney is in the thick of the race in the 100M hurdles at the Byron Invite. Photo by Keith Garvens
By Coach Charro Coleman
The girls track team continues to get stronger as it moves into the championship part of the season. The girls won the Chuck Ramthun Invite scoring 189 points. PI was second with 102, Lourdes was third with 93 points, Stewartville fourth with 68 points, Kasson was fifth with 65 points and Medford sixth with 35 points. It was a very damp night, but the winds stayed down for the most part and the rain stayed away and the girls had some outstanding performances.
The 4x800 relay got the evening started for the girls with the best team performance of the season finishing second with a time of 10:55. Members of the relay included Rebecca Houston, Taylor Kreitinger, Sydney Brooks and Regina Burroughs. Up next was the hurdling crew and the top three girls came away with 1st, 3rd and 6th. Kelsey VonBerge pulled out a very close first with a time of 16.29, Emma Weatherly took third with a time of 16.94 and Madison Blazing finished sixth in a time of 18.01. In the 100 dash Anne Christofferson and Kelsey VonBerge took the top two spots. Anne took first in a new personal best time of 12.92 and Kelsey was second with a new personal best of 13.1.
The 4x200 relay of Emma Weatherly, Autumn Brandau, Connor Zamzow and Paige Fode came across the line in third with a time of 1:58. In the mile the best finish went to Hannah Higgins with a time of 6:12 and tenth place. The 4x100 picked the pace up as the foursome of Kelsey VonBerge, Darby Dodds, Connor Zamzow and Anne Christofferson took first with a time of 53.22. In the 400 dash a couple of seventh graders came through with some pretty impressive times taking fourth and fifth. Mary Laudon took fourth with a PR time of 65.18 and Courtney Slowinski took fifth with a PR time of 65.54.
In the 300 hurdles Emma Weatherly ran her best time of her young track career finishing third in a time of 50.83. Teammate Madison Blazing also ran one her best times finishing fifth in a time of 52.48. The 800 runners ran very well with seventh grader Taylor Kreitinger taking second place with a very strong time of 2:38 and teammate Regina Burroughs crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 2:43. In the 200 dash Rebecca Houston ran a very nice race finishing third in a time of 27.88. Hannah Higgins bounced back in the two mile with a new PR time of 13:05 and a fourth place finish. In the last race of the night the girls 4x400 relay of Rebecca Houston, Courtney Slowinski, Mary Laudon and Madison Blazing finished second in a time 4:33. This is the best time the 4x400 has run this season.
The girls had just as good of a night in the field events. In the vertical jumps the girls picked up three places. Taylor Knesel tied for fourth in the HJ clearing 4'9". In the pole vault Hannah Coleman cleared a new personal best of 9'6" and took first place. Teammate Autumn Brandau also had a good night of vaulting clearing 8'6 and tying for second.
In the horizontal jumps the girls had a very good night. In the long jump Anne Christofferson set a new personal best of 17'11.5" taking first. Taylor Knesel also set a new personal best of 15'1" and took fourth place. Paige Fode also jumped well tying for sixth with a jump of 14'8". In the triple jump the girls took the top four spots. Christofferson led the way in this event as well going 35'8" for first. Taylor Knesel also set a new personal best of 34'10.5" taking second. Lexi Barth also set a new personal best going 31'10.5" picking up third and Connor Zamzow took fourth with a jump of 31'10.25".
The girls continue to perform very well in the throws with the girls picking up seven places between the two events. In the discus Maddie Hintz led the way with a throw of 94'3" and teammates Kyra Abrams and Margaret Silhasek took fourth and fifth with throws of 92'6" and 89'4". In the shot put Ayoka Lee led the girls with a second place finish and new PR of 29'1". Margaret Silhasek, Maddie Hintz and Kyra Abrams followed up with places third, fourth and fifth. Margaret went 28'9", Maddie went 28'3" and Kyra went 28'1".
Up next for the girls are the True Team Sections and the HVL Conference Meets. These are two important meets for the girls as they continue to gear up for the final push of the season.