Washington prepares for conference at Brookhart-Crew Relays
FAIRFIELD – The Washington High School boys’ and girls’ track teams participated in a meet hosted by their conference rivals last night, the Brookhart-Crew Relays.
The Washington boys were sixth out of the six male teams with 50 points. The Demon girls posted a team score of 97, good for fourth out of the six female teams in competition.
Macy Marek returned to her stellar form in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, posting season-best times of 12.57 and 26.23 seconds to win both events.
Marek carried that momentum into the 4x200-meter (Kelly Wheeler, Grace Redlinger, Stephanie Fishback and Marek), where the foursome posted their best time of the season in 1 minute, 49.4 seconds, winning the race by eight seconds.
The Demon girls also had winning times in the 4x100 (Dema Giardino, Redlinger, Fishback and Marek) and sprint medley (Wheeler, Giardino, Fishback and Morgan Kimball). The girls’ sprint medley time of 1:53.95 was a season best by 2.5 seconds. The girls’ 100 relay time was 51.82. Alex Coker won the long jump competition at 19 feet, 8 ½ inches.
The Washington girls (Emma Wood, Carolan Hoffman, Makenzie Knutson and Jessie Buchholz) also set a new season-low in the shuttle hurdle relay. The girls’ second-place time was 1:11.79. Wheeler not only placed second in the 100 with her time of 12.93, but that was also a season’s best for her in that event as well. Tommy Peterson finished second in the shot put with his throw of 49-1.
The boys’ 100 relay (Tanner Knupp, Gage Redlinger, Jack Giardino and Coker) took second in 44.76.
Buchholz continued her stellar performance in the 100-meter hurdles, placing third with a new season-low time of 16.99. The girls’ 4x400-meter relay (Addison Gaal, Knutson, Buchholz and Gr. Redlinger) placed third in 4:35.88. Coker took third in the 100 and 200 with times of 11.21 and 23.25.
McKayla Miller pushed her limits last night in the shot put. Miller finished fourth and made a new season-best mark of 32-7. Dylann Schluetter was also fourth in the discus at 105-4. The boys’ shuttle hurdle (Caleb Bex, Matt Reighard, Josh Reighard and Giardino) finished fourth in 1:07.54.
The boys’ distance medley (Bryce Rickey, Ethan Hanson, Noah Lebsack and Jacob Green) took fourth place with a time of 3:52.52.
In the long jump, Amber Salow placed fifth with a leap of 14-6. Emme Keith continued to run well in the 3,000-meter run, placing fifth in 11:55.54. The girls’ 4x800-meter relay (Mariah Howard, Stephanie Loy, Lexi Redlinger and Jasmine Mares) finished in 11:23.94, good for fifth place.
The boys’ 200 (Knupp, Jose Tapia, Kyle Schindler and Ga. Redlinger) relay had a fifth-place time of 1:37.38.
Carolan Hoffman placed sixth in the 100 hurdles and established a new season low for herself in 17.67. Salow was sixth in the 200 with a time of 29.2. Knutson placed sixth in the 400-meter dash in 1:08.75.
Lebsack was sixth in the 100 with a time of 23.58. Curtis Vest finished sixth in the 800 in 2:21.78. The boys’ 400 relay (M. Reighard, J. Reighard, Schindler and Green) placed sixth with a time of 3:59.86.
The girls’ distance medley recorded a new season-best time of 4:43.87, beating the previous best time by five seconds.
“We have some injury issues right now, so we are having to adjust to those. I thought three of our seniors, Alex Coker, Tanner Knupp and Noah Lebsack had a great night. We’re going to figure out where we will compete best for conference and districts coming up soon,” boys’ head coach Steve Roth commented.
“Overall, it was a good night. You could tell our legs were a little tired in the distance races as this was our third meet in five days, but they all competed well. Our sprint times continue to drop. I think when we get somebody right next to us that time will drop even more. In the sprint medley, anchor Morgan Kimball ran a 60 flat for her 400 leg. She is such a strong runner, and is finally opening up and her times are really starting to drop,” girls’ head coach Stefanie Tschantz said.
Listed following are all the Washington finishes outside of the top six, by gender and event.
Girls’ discus – Emma Stout, 81 feet.
Girls’ 400-meter dash – Gaal, 1:09.23.
Girls’ 800-meter run – Howard, 2:49. Mares, 2:51.
Girls’ 400-meter hurdles – Kaitlin Roush, 1:26.05.
Girls’ 1,500-meter run – Keith, 5:42. Loy, 6:01.