Washington girls triumphant
MEDIAPOLIS – The Washington girls’ varsity track and field team traveled to take on a field of six other teams and emerged victorious last night at Mediapolis High School. The Demons topped the field at 163 points, 48 points ahead of the home school who took second place.
“The weather was far from ideal. The wind was pretty strong as the girls ran in to the final curve and straight-away. There was also a constant mist/fog, with low temps, which made it pretty miserable. Last night we really weren’t focusing on times as much as placements, we just wanted to double point in the opens and place as high as we could to win the team title. We have won that meet since every year since 2010 (in 2013 the meet was cancelled due to weather), so we wanted to do our best to win it again. I felt that everybody stepped up and did their part, and we were able to see some times drop as well,” Washington head coach Stephanie Tschantz said.
All times listed were taken by hand-held devices. In order to convert them to FAT times or automatic timing, add 0.24 seconds.
Helping to fuel the Washington victory was junior Macy Marek. Marek placed first in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Her times were 12.95 and 27.5. That 100-meter time was 23-hundredths of a second faster than her winning 100-meter time at the Falcon Relays on April 1.
“Macy had another outstanding night; she pretty much ran away from her competition in the 100 and 200 last night. I think when she has somebody right next to her, her times will really drop. She is a tough competitor and will leave it all out there every time she runs,” Tschantz commented.
Sophomore Morgan Kimball won the 400-meter dash with her time of 1:05.21 to finish the list of Washington sprinters who took first place in individual events.
The Demon 4x100-relay team of senior Stephanie Fishback, senior Dema Giardino, Marek and senior Grace Redlinger finished first in 53.61. That was the team’s second consecutive first-place finish.
Fishback and Redlinger carried that success onto the 4x200-meter relay, in which freshman Makenzi Marek and sophomore Kelly Wheeler joined them to finish in 1:55.35 and bring another first-place finish to the Washington tally. Wheeler was a change in the lineup for the Demons from the last time they ran the 4x2 at West Burlington, but the result was the same.
Junior Dylann Schluetter made a discus throw of 93-3½, placing her at the top of the field and improving on her previous throw by over five feet.
Washington’s list of accomplishments included six second-place finishes as well. Sophomore Emme Keith took second in the 1,500-meter run with her time of 5:40.7. Sophomore Emma Wood did the same in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 18.28, which was a drop of 44-hundredths of a second off her previous time.
Both the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays were second-place finishers for the Demons. The 400 team of Fishback, junior Addison Gaal, Giardino and Redlinger had a time of 4:45.2. The 800 team of freshman Victoria Barber, sophomore Jasmine Mares, freshman Lexi Redlinger and sophomore Aubrey Zimmer had a time of 11:57.85, over 25 seconds faster than the Falcon Relay time.
The sprint medley and shuttle hurdle relay teams were the final two second-place finishes for Washington. Giardino, Kimball Macy Marek and Mak. Marek finished the medley in 2:06.17. Freshman Jessie Buchholz, sophomore Carolan Hoffman, sophomore Kaitlin Roush and Wood finished the shuttle hurdles in 1:18.62.
There were also six third-place finishes that were added to the Demons’ credit. Wheeler finished the 200-meter dash in 29.21. Junior Stephanie Loy completed the 800-meter dash in 2:55.16. Keith had a time of 12:14.72 in the 3,000-meter run. Wood finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:24.02. The distance medley team of Gaal, freshman Isabella Giardino, sophomore Makenzie Knutson and Loy had a time of 5:02.68, which was an improvement of 1.65 seconds from the Falcon Relays. Finally, McKayla Miller improved her shot put distance by 5 inches with a throw of 30-9.
The Washington girls are scheduled to compete next at the Williamsburg Invitational on Tuesday, April 8.