Demons finish third at home Washington Invite
Washington’s quartet of Mariah Reighard, Sammy Ellingson, Lauren Kimball and Stephanie Fishback may have won the 4x400 relay to close Thursday night’s 39th annual Washington Invite, but the Demons were upset that Mother Nature cost them a chance to qualify for the Drake Relays.
The Demons needed to lower their time of 4:10.19 another second to be in line for a trip to the Drake Relays. But inclement weather — temperatures in the upper 30s, strong wind and light rain — made that a nearly impossible task. The four runners clocked a time of 4:19.46 on Thursday night.
“The 4x400 team was trying to lower its time to secure a spot to Drake, but with the weather conditions last night it made it tough to lower any times,” Washington head coach Stefanie Tschantz said. “I know those four girls gave it their all. I have told the whole team from day one that as long as you give it 100 percent, there is no reason to be upset. Yesterday just wasn’t a great day for running, but we had to give them one more chance.”
Ellingson also cleared 5 feet to win the high jump competition. She could have attempted to keep going, but with a trip to the Drake Relays all but secure after clearing 5-4 in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, Tschantz decided to save her for the 4x400 relay. Kimball cleared 4 feet, 8 inches to finish fourth.
“She was the only girl to clear 5 feet, so instead of having her keep jumping and wearing her legs down, we decided to call it good at 5 feet in hopes of keeping her a little fresher in the running events,” Tschantz said of Ellingson.
Washington sophomore Macy Marek won the 200-meter dash in 29.51 seconds.
“Macy had a great race in the open 200, as she led pretty much the whole way,” Tschantz said. “It was tough running into that wind last night, and I knew she wasn’t too excited about running it beforehand, but I think her outlook about the open 200 might have changed after a win last night.”
Teammate Grace Redlinger finished second in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line just three-tenths of a second after Marek. Redlinger also took third place in the 100-meter dash in 13.17 seconds, with teammate Dema Giardino finishing fifth in 13.44 seconds.
“Grace had another great meet last night,” Tschantz said. “She ran 13.17 to take third in the 100, and she had to run into the wind for the open 200 but she was strong enough to place second. Grace is really starting to develop into the track athlete we knew she could be.”
Freshman Morgan Kimball took second place in the 400-meter dash in 1:05.80, and she anchored Washington’s sprint medley relay team, which also included Giardino, Natalee Enfield and Marek, to a second-place finish in 2:02.92. Kimball also anchored the 4x800 relay team, which also included Reighard, Kaitlin Buchholz and Jasmine Mares, to a second-place finish in 10:57.16.
Washington’s quartet of Marek, Enfield, Amber Salow and Giardino took second place in the 4x100 relay in 53.67 seconds, and the 4x200 relay team of Marek, Enfield, Salow and Redlinger finished fourth in 1:55.63. The distance medley relay team of Kelly Wheeler, Maddie Bohr, Addison Gaal and Beth Dillon finished fourth in 5:09.05.
Senior Kaitlin Buchholz took fourth place in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:17.26, and she also led off for the Demons’ shuttle hurdle relay, which also included Lauren Kimball, Carolan Hoffman and Ellingson, that finished fifth in 1:16.00.
Senior Joni Erwin finished fifth in both the shot put and the discus. She threw the shot 33 feet, 0.25 inches, and she tossed the shot 90 feet, 9 inches. She also led off for Washington’s thrower 4x100 relay, which also included Victoria Bennett, Makenna Goodwin and Dylann Schluetter, that took first place in 1:01.78.
Sophomore Stephanie Loy finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run in 13:18.95.
Washington finished third in the team standings with 104 points. Mt. Pleasant won the meet with 149 points, and Benton took second with 110 points.
Tschantz was pleased with how her team toughed it out despite running in poor conditions.
“Conditions weren’t ideal by any means, but the kids got out there and gave it everything they had,” she said.
39th annual Washington Invite
May 18, 2013
Team scores — 1. Mt. Pleasant 149, 2. Benton 110, 3. Washington 104, 4. Clear Creek-Amana 77, 5. Center Point-Urbana 62, 6. Fort Madison 58, 7. Albia 27.
High jump — 1. Sammy Ellingson (W) 5-0, 4. Lauren Kimball (W) 4-8.
Shot put — 5. Joni Erwin (W) 33-0.25, 11. Addie Pacha (W) 29-3.5, 12. McKayla Miller (W) 29-1.5, 17. Macenzee Schwab (W) 24-7.25.
Discus — 5. Joni Erwin (W) 90-9, 9. Dylann Schluetter (W) 80-1.5, 14. Makenna Goodwin (W) 69-11.25, 17. Victoria Bennett (W) 62-6.
100-meter dash — 3. Grace Redlinger (W) 13.17, 5. Dema Giardino (W) 13.44.
200-meter dash — 1. Macy Marek (W) 29.51, 2. Grace Redlinger (W) 29.83, 6. Kelly Wheeler (W) 31.35.
400-meter dash — 2. Morgan Kimball (W) 1:05.80.
800-meter run — 14. Sarah Greiner (W) 3:00.01, 15. Jasmine Mares (W) 3:00.28.
1,500-meter run — 10. Aubrey Zimmer (W) 6:09.03, 11. Stephanie Loy (W) 6:17.08, 12. Sydney Hoffman (W) 6:20.49.
3,000-meter run — 5. Stephanie Loy (W) 13:18.95.
400-meter hurdles — 4. Kaitlin Buchholz (W) 1:17.26, 9. Carolan Hoffman (W) 1:24.49.
4x100 — 2. Washington (Macy Marek, Natalee Enfield, Amber Salow, Dema Giardino) 53.67, 6. Washington B (Addison Gaal, Grace Redlinger, Maddie Bohr, Kelly Wheeler) 56.42, 7. WACO (Morgan Dugger, Angel Frier, Jennie Greene, Katelyn White) 56.61.
4x100 Throwers — 1. Washington (Joni Erwin, Victoria Bennett, Makenna Goodwin, Dylann Schluetter) 1:01.78, 2. Washington B (Emma Stout, Addie Pacha, Macenzee Schwab, McKayla Miller) 1:02.18.
4x200 — 4. Washington (Macy Marek, Natalee Enfield, Amber Salow, Grace Redlinger) 1:55.63, 11. Washington B (Dylann Schluetter, Beth Dillon, Sydney Hoffman, Maddie Bohr) 2:12.51.
4x400 — 1. Washington (Mariah Reighard, Sammy Ellingson, Lauren Kimball, Stephanie Fishback) 4:19.46.
4x800 — 2. Washington (Mariah Reighard, Kaitlin Buchholz, Jasmine Mares, Morgan Kimball) 10:57.16.
Sprint medley — 2. Washington (Dema Giardino, Natalee Enfield, Macy Marek, Morgan Kimball) 2:02.92, 4. Washington B (Maddie Bohr, Kelly Wheeler, Amber Salow, Addison Gaal) 2:09.63.
Distance medley — 4. Washington (Kelly Wheeler, Maddie Bohr, Addison Gaal, Beth Dillon) 5:09.05.
Shuttle hurdle — 5. Washington (Kaitlin Buchholz, Lauren Kimball, Carolan Hoffman, Sammy Ellingson) 1:16.00.