All jumping and throwing events began at 3:00; however, at about 3:15 officials announced that lightning had been detected and athletes were to clear the field until further notice. Shot put throwers Lauren Bergner, Lauren Gerlemann, and Kate Ruediger were able to get two throws in before being sent to the training facilities with the rest of the team to wait out the storm. Bergner, Gerlemann, and Rudiger, along with Tenille Duessler, also threw discuss, but that would be after shot put was finished. When talking the meet over with Coach Hoener, he stated, “I don’t think the weather delay hurt the throwers at all. I thought they competed better yesterday than they had all season. The girls made some technical improvements, and I believe they’re on the verge of some break throughs.”
Once all teams were brought back out onto the field, the girls 4X800 meter relay team of Kenzy Vedder, Hannah Pruessner, Kayla Borcherding, and Taylor Covington was given time to warm up before their race started. There were four teams entered in the race; New Haven received second place with a time of 11:02.
After the 4X8, the next race New Haven ran in was the 4X200 meter relay. This team consisted of Stephanie Russo, Emma Englebrecht, Nicki Zeitzmann, and Molly Munsinger. The 4X2 ran a new season best at 1:53.62 and got second. This time was also a new season best. After the 4x2, the girls’ 4X100 meter relay team of Stephanie Russo, Beth Shenck, Nicki Zeitzmann, and Molly Munsinger raced Battle High School for first; however, on the last leg, Munsinger was unable to catch the front runner, and the girls got second. Immediately following the 4X1, Covington and Pruessner raced to the finish line in the 400 meter dash. Covington got first in the race with a time of 64.64 seconds, and Pruessner came in third.
Molly Munsinger then competed in the 200 meter dash. She came in third with a season best time 28.24. The last race of the night was the 4x400 meter relay. New Haven’s team of Pruessner, Munsinger, Zeitzmann and Covington ran a 4:24. As the girls crossed the finish line, they thought they had got second; however, on the second lap, Smith Cotton’s second leg runner cut in at the break line too early, which resulted in a disqualification, and New Haven received first place. Covington remarked, “Looking at our time, I was disappointed because I knew we could do better, and I was very surprised that Smith Cotton got DQ’d.”
In the field events, Emma Engelbrecht got third in the triple jump with a jump of 31 feet 6 inches, and Beth Shenck got third in the high jump at a height of 4 feet 8 inches.
When discussing the meet with Coach Tucker, he commented, “Overall, we ran good at the meet despite the weather, and our jumpers competed well too. We do need to work on handoffs; they are not where they need to be, but they are getting better.”
The Shamrocks will compete as a team two more times before losing their seniors, as they will be heading east on their Senior Trip April 18.
-by Molly Munsinger