Washington track competes in Mt. Pleasant Thursday night
The Washington boys’ and girls’ track team competed in Mt. Pleasant Thursday night in the state-qualifying meet.
Those qualifying to move forward to state on the boys’ team were Tommy Peterson in the shot put throwing 48-08, Alex Coker in the long jump with a length of 21-05 and the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.47, in the 110-shuttle hurdle relay Gage Redlinger, Alex Gonzales, Jack Gardino, Jacob Hennigan, and Noah Lebsack in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.47.
Boys’ track coach Steve Roth said he thought his team performed well during the track meet but would have liked warmer weather.
“I thought the kids completed well considering the conditions,” Roth said.
When individuals travel to state from May 22 to 24, Roth would like his team to do one thing—improve.
“Just go and try improve our performance,” he said.
The boys’ track team placed sixth at the meet with 73 points.
The Washington girls’ track team had several team members qualify for state. In the 100-meter dash Macy Marek qualified with a time of 12.82. Marek also qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.08. In the 400-meter dash Morgan Kimball qualified with a time of 1:03.11. In the 4x100 relay Dema Giardino, Grace Redlinger, Stephanie Fishback, and Marek qualified with a time of 52.30. In the 4x200 Kelly Wheeler, Redlinger, Fishback, Mackenzie Knutson, and Jessie Buchholz qualified with a time of 1:50.78.
Girls’ track coach Stefani Tschantz was happy with how well her girls performed.
“We placed third overall in the team standings so we were very pleased with that,” she said. “The girls ran hard.”
There were several runs where the girls performed the best they have all year.
“We saw a lot more fight in some of the girls than we had been seeing,” Tschantz said. “Macy had an outstanding night. She was able to qualify for state in all four of her events that she ran. She really fought hard in every race.”
Tschantz said she was also proud of the girls’ performance in the shuttle relay.
“I am very proud of our shuttle as those four girls have been working very hard all season to lower their time,” she said, “and every time out they would drop a little more. Last night, everything came together for them and they ran a season best.”
The goals for the team at the state meet next week are to run their season best and come home with some medals, Tschantz said.