On March 20, the New Haven Track and Field team competed in the first meet of the season in Saint Clair. This first meet for the Shamrocks was a practice meet for the team to get a feel for how meets run, to get conditioning in, and to perfect their techniques.
Senior Kate Ruediger was asked how she felt during her first track meet of the season and what she is excited about as the season continues. Kate replied, “I thought that the meet was very cold, but still was very successful for our team. A lot of people got a placement for where they are timewise and were able to set goals for where they want to be by the end of the season. I am very excited to improve my strength in my races and in javelin.”
Senior Lauren Gerlemann also competed in her last, first track meet. Lauren was asked how she felt about how she did. She commented, “I threw the shot put and discus at the meet as well as jumped in the long and triple jump. I was pretty pleased with my throws for the first meet of the season, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. As for the jumps, I jumped 33 feet in the triple and 15’1” in the long. I felt pretty good about these distances, but there is still a lot of room for improvement here as well.”
Senior Austin Moeckli threw shot put and discus, and he was asked how his events went for him. He responded, “I thought the throws went really well considering I got a PR [personal record] in both throws, so I was very pleased. However, I still hope to improve as the season goes on.”
Junior Makenzie Munsinger was asked how she felt how the meet went for her and she commented back by saying, “For me personally, I thought the meet went okay. Obviously I wasn’t going to have my fastest times, but it gave me a good representation of where I am, and from this I was able to set goals for myself of where I want to be at by the time districts roll around.”
Sophomore McKenzie Overschmidt was asked how her first meet of her high school career went. McKenzie responded, “I felt happy and excited after my first track meet. I also felt accomplished and proud that I finished my first track meet successfully. I was happy that our 4x4 team came out strong and finished first.”
Freshman Hannah Rethemeyer also competed in the 4x800 meter relay race and was asked how she felt about her first track meet and what she looks forward to as the season goes on. Hannah replied by saying, “I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I am looking forward to the coming track season so that I can get better at my running and jumping.”