The varsity girls 4x1 team of Stephanie Russo, Hanna Fitts, Nicki Zeitzmann, and Molly Munsinger placed third with a new personal best time 53.6 seconds. Like wise, the 4X2 team of Russo, Zeitzmann, Munsinger, and Emma Englebrecht also placed third and shaved two seconds off of their best time of the season. Russo stated, “It didn’t feel like we ran our fastest time of the season. Everyone seemed to be dragging because of prom Saturday.”
The girls 4X8 team of Hannah Pruessner, Lauren Gerlemann, Kayla Borcherding, and Taylor Covington also placed third and shaved nine seconds off of their best time of the season.
The 4X4 team of Pruessner, Munsinger, Zeitzmann, and Covington placed fifth overall, too.
Individually, Fitts placed seventh in the 100 meter dash; Englebrecht placed second in the triple jump, sixth in the 200 meter dash and eighth in the hurdles; Munsinger placed eighth in the 200 meter dash; Covington placed seventh in the 400 meter dash and sixth in the 800 meter run, with teammate Borcherding coming in right behind her in seventh.
As for throwing events, Lauren Bergner placed eighth in shot put; Tenille Duessler placed eighth in discus, and Gerlemann placed seventh in shot put and third in the long jump. When talking the day over with Bergner, she stated, “ I feel like we could have done better, but didn’t do too bad. Going into districts, I feel confident because there is close competition, and I am hoping adrenaline will help push me through as well.”
Senior Beth Shenck was named All Conference in high jump with her first place finish. Schenck was the only female to clear five foot, and she set a new personal best. “I was super excited. The school record is my ultimate goal, and that feels like more of a reality now that it's only 2 inches away. It definitely gives me a confidence boost going into districts. Competition is going to be a lot greater now, so it's good to know that I'll be able to compete at a higher level, stated Schenck.”
The JV boys had seven top eight finishes. Nathan Allgaier placed sixth in discus and seventh in shot; Ryan Blankenship placed third in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200 meter dash; Bubba Gale placed eighth in the 300 meter hurdles; Kyle Brumels placed seventh in the mile, and the boys 4X8 team placed fifth.
The varsity boys 4X1 team of Logan Huff, Brady Kruse, Austin Moeckli, and Jared Horstmann and 4X2 team of Huff, Kruse, Moeckli, and Dalton Gerdes both placed eighth; the 4X4 team of Kruse, Keven McDowell, Jon Stone, and Alex Majors placed sixth; and the 4X8 team of Nathan Ford, Dominick Pataky, McDowell, and Stone placed third. Individually, Majors placed sixth in the shot put, eighth in the 400 meter dash, and seventh in the 200 meter dash. Nathan Ford also placed seventh in the 800 meter run.
Overall, the Shamrocks competed hard and will continue to better themselves before they head to Festus on Saturday for the district track meet.
-by Molly Munsinger