Demons’ Ellingson matches career best in high jump
MT. PLEASANT — Washington senior Sammy Ellingson matched her career-best jump as she won the high jump competition at Tuesday’s Panther Relays in Mt. Pleasant, highlighting an outstanding night for the Demon girls’ track and field team.
Ellingson cleared 5 feet, 4 inches, matching the career-best jump that she accomplished as a freshman.
“Sammy looked outstanding on high jump last night,” Washington head coach Stefanie Tschantz said. “She came into the meet knowing she had pretty much locked her spot at Drake, so there was no pressure. She cleared 5-4 on her last attempt, but was over easily. Everything is starting to come together for her in the high jump right now. I know she is eyeing that school record of 5-5, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she breaks that by the end of the year.”
Teammate Lauren Kimball also placed in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches to tie for fourth place.
Senior Kaitlin Buchholz ran another career-best time in the 400-meter hurdles, taking second place in 1:10.30.
“She is really tough in the 400 hurdles, and she’s getting stronger every time she is out there,” Tschantz said of Buchholz, noting that she also had a career-best throw of 95 feet, 3.25 inches in the discus.
Washington’s quartet of Mariah Reighard, Ellingson, Kimball and Stephanie Fishback took second place in the 4x400 relay in 4:13.82. The 4x200 relay team of Macy Marek, Reighard, Rachael Hall and Fishback finished third in 1:52.36, and the sprint medley relay team of Marek, Natalee Enfield, Fishback and Morgan Kimball was third in 1:58.03.
Washington’s 4x100 relay team of Marek, Enfield, Amber Salow and Dema Giardino matched its season-best time of 53.20 seconds and finished fourth, and the 4x800 relay squad of Morgan Kimball, Jasmine Mares, Reighard and Beth Dillon was fourth in 10:55.97. The quartet of Buchholz, Lauren Kimball, Emma Wood and Ellingson finished fifth in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:11.78, and the distance medley relay team of Giardino, Enfield, Grace Redlinger and Lauren Kimball was fifth in 4:48.67.
Marek took fourth place in the 100-meter dash in 13.40 seconds, and Redlinger finished sixth in the 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 28.44 seconds.
“Her times are continuously dropping,” Tschantz said of Redlinger. “She can run anything from a 100 to a 400 and be tough.”
Senior Joni Erwin took sixth place in the shot put competition with a throw of 32 feet, 1 inch, and senior Maddie Bohr finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 5.25 inches.
Washington finished fourth in the team standings with 60 points. Cedar Rapids Jefferson won the team title with 157 points, and Mt. Pleasant was second with 136. Cedar Rapids Prairie finished third with 88 points.
The Demons return home tomorrow night to host the Washington Invite at Case Field at 5 p.m.
“We are hoping to get our meet in tomorrow so we can try to drop our 4x100 and 4x400 times and qualify for the Drake Relays. Tomorrow is the cutoff,” Tschantz said.