Demons lower their times at Brookhart-Crew Relays
FAIRFIELD — Just three nights after running a season-best time of 52.17 seconds at the Drake Relays, Washington’s 4x100 relay team lowered its time again.
The quartet of Macy Marek, Natalee Enfield, Dema Giardino and Grace Redlinger ran a time of 52.03 seconds at Monday’s Brookhart-Crew Relays in Fairfield, although the Demons took second place to Fairfield’s team of Mackenzie McClure, Marisa Repp, Gabrielle Kuehl and Sydney Howard, which clocked a time of 51.08 seconds.
Washington’s 4x100 relay was just one of several events that clocked season- or personal-best times on Monday night. The quartet of Kaitlin Buchholz, Mariah Reighard, Lauren Kimball and Morgan Kimball, all of whom are middle distance runners, ran Washington’s season-best time of 1:51.08 in the 4x200 relay to take second place.
“They are all 400 runners, so it was nice to have them run something a little shorter for fun last night,” Washington head coach Stefanie Tschantz said.
Freshmen Amber Salow and Kelly Wheeler both ran personal-best times in the 200-meter dash. Salow took second place in 27.56 seconds, and Wheeler was third in 28.27 seconds.
“Amber looked really strong the whole race,” Tschantz said. “Her times are really starting to drop right now. Kelly had a season-best time as well. She won her heat easily, and I think if she would have had someone right next to her, her time might have been a little quicker yet.”
Redlinger took second place in the 100-meter dash in a season-best time of 13.23 seconds, and Giardino was fourth in a season-best time of 13.30 seconds.
Senior Maddie Bohr took fourth place in the long jump competition with a leap of 14 feet, 8.5 inches, and junior Victoria Bennett placed sixth in the shot put competition with a throw of 28 feet, 10.5 inches.
Washington’s sprint medley relay team of Bohr, Dylann Schluetter, Buchholz and Mackenzie Knutson took fourth place in 2:03.07, and the distance medley relay team of Addison Gaal, Sammy Ellingson, Knutson and Jasmine Mares was fifth in 4:49.95. The quartet of Aubrey Zimmer, Beth Dillon, Sarah Greiner and Sydney Hoffman finished sixth in 11:35.69.
Washington took fourth place with 53 points, but Tschantz was trying to keep her runners rested for tonight’s Southeast Conference meet at Case Field.
“With the conference meet being moved to Tuesday, I revised the lineup for last night,” she said. “I wanted the girls to be fresh heading into the conference meet. Everybody ran last night, just not as much or their typical events. Our goal for the conference meet is to try and get as many points as possible and see what we can do as a team. I know everybody wants to perform well in front of the home crowd, so I am sure we will get their best performances.”