Demons impress at Falcon Relays
WEST BURLINGTON – The Washington girls’ track and field team had its first outdoor meet of the season last night at the Falcon Relays, and it couldn’t have gone much better for the Demons. As a team they placed second in Class A with 138 points.
Junior Macy Marek took first place in the 100-meter dash with her time of 13.18 seconds.
“Macy had an outstanding night for us. She has been working hard every day in practice, and each year seems to be getting a little faster. She is so quick out of the blocks. She has some goals she wants to accomplish so she keeps pushing herself every day to get better,” Washington head coach Stefanie Tschantz said.
Sophomore Kelly Wheeler was two places behind Marek in the 100, coming in at 13.96. Sophomore Mackenzie Knutson finished seventh in 14.37.
Wheeler also placed second in the 200-meter dash in 28.92. Sophomore Amber Salow’s time of 30.56 placed her seventh and freshman Isabella Giardino placed ninth in 31.19.
Freshman Jessie Buchholz was the Demons’ top finisher in the 400-meter dash, placing second with a time of 1:09.59. Salow came in fourth in 1:11.57 and freshman Lexi Redlinger was sixth in 1:13.66.
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Emme Keith had Washington’s fastest time at 2:46.7, which placed her sixth. Freshman Alexis Turner’s time of 3:03.21 was good for eighth.
Sophomore Jasmine Mares and freshman Maggie Voss represented Washington in the 1,500-meter run. Mares finished seventh with a time of 6:16.54 and Voss came in eighth in 6:41.55.
Keith also participated in the 3,000-meter run. Her time of 12:12.92 placed her fourth.
In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Emma Wood was the top finisher for the Demons with her time of 18.72, which placed her fourth. Her classmate Carolan Hoffman had a time of 20.39, which placed her sixth.
The Washington 4x100-meter relay team of senior Stephanie Fishback, senior Dema Giardino, Marek and senior Grace Redlinger finished first with a time of 52.41. Another first-place finish was garnered by the Demon 4x200-meter relay team of Fishback, Macy Marek, freshman Makenzi Marek and G. Redlinger. Their time was 1:55.11. The Washington 4x400-meter relay team brought a third first-place finish to the Demons’ count as they finished in 4:32.19. That team was Fishback, junior Addison Gaal, D. Giardino and G. Redlinger.
The Washington 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Victoria Barber, junior Stephanie Loy, Mares and Turner finished third with a time of 12:22.98.
A fourth first-place finish was earned by the 800-meter sprint medley team of D. Giardino, sophomore Morgan Kimball, Macy Marek and Mak. Marek. Their time was 1:58.38. In the distance medley, Washington’s team of Gaal, I. Giardino, freshman Mariah Howard and Kimball finished fourth in 5:04.33.
To finish the relays, the Demon team of Buchholz, Hoffman, Kimball and Wood placed first with a time of 1:17.14 in the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle.
“We had a great night in the relays. We had some last-minute changes in a few of the distance races. We took Lexi Redlinger, who is normally a 200/400 girl, and had her run the 4x800. We ended up getting third. We won five relay races, and looked very strong in them. The girls have all just been pushing hard to earn their spots on those relays. They know if they don’t we have other girls who want in them. Our 4x100 time is right at the time we had to qualify for state last year, so that is very exciting. Our sprint medley was a another very strong race for us, Makenzi Marek had a 26.5 split and Kimball had a 63-second split, which are both very solid times especially this early in the season. We are very strong in the sprints again this year and they will be fun to watch all season,” Tschantz commented.
As far as the long jump went, Mak. Marek placed fifth at 15-1/2, Salow came in ninth at 14-3½, and Gaal was tenth at 14-3¼.
Sophomore McKayla Miller placed fifth in the shot put with her throw of 30-4. Sophomore Emma Stout came in seventh at 27-2½ and sophomore Addison Pacha was eighth at 25-10½. Sophomore Dylann Schluetter was fourth in the discus throw at 87-11.
“We definitely have a few things to work on, as it was our first outdoor meet of the season, but those things will come together. We had to deal with the wind and closed handoffs last night, just some new variables that we didn’t have while we were indoors. Everybody handled it very well, and we could see improvement as the meet moved along. We were able to see a lot of good things last night and everybody stayed healthy ,so we can’t ask for much more at this point,” Tschantz elaborated.
The Washington girls will be in competition again tomorrow at Mediapolis.