Central girls open track season

Central’s Anna Tuecke cleared the 5-foot mark on the high jump, taking first place at a recent indoor meet and setting a personal record. Photo by Bev Hamann


By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer


The Central girls’ had their first track meet at an indoor event March 6 at the University of Dubuque.  Central had the following results

Long jump—2nd, Abby Gifford, 14’11 ½”; 9th, Alyssa Barker, 13’7”; 10th, Katja Graner, 13’5”; and 13th, Megan Nemechek, 12’5 ½”; high jump—1st, Anna Tuecke, 5’0”, and 5th, Ashley Funk, 4’6”; shot put—9th, Samantha Tschirgi, 29’3”; 21st, Morgan Jacobsen, 12’4”; and 22nd, Grace Rodman, 18’9 ½”; 3000 m—1st, Haley Schroeder, 11:40 and 3rd, Ashley Funk, 12:30; 4 x 800— 4th, Emily Asche, Alyssa Barker, Hannah Kuehl, Carissa Moyna, 11:07; 400 m dash—2nd, Kiana Stender, 1:03.6; 5th, Anna Tuecke, 1:10.2; 8th, Samantha Tschirgi, 1:18.4; 600 m—9th, Katja Graner, 2:09; 10th, Megan Rochleau, 2:14; 12th, Grace Rodman, 2:29; 55 m dash—14th, Rachel Berg, 8.62;15th, Darci Eberhardt, 8.64; 16th, Alyssa Barker, 8.74; 17th, Megan Nemechek, 8.86; 55 m hurdles—2nd, Abby Gifford, 9.19; 6th, Kiana Stender, 9.50; 9th, Renee Gibney, 10.60; 17th, Carissa Moyna, 11.55; 4x200—9th, Kinsey Juergens, Renee Gibney, Samantha Tschirgi, Darci Eberhardt, 2:06; 10th, Rachel Berg, Morgan Jacobsen, Megan Nemecheck, Carissa Moyna, 2:09; distance med—1st, Abby Gifford, Emily Asche, Haley Schroeder, Kiana Stender, 4:37; 800 m—2nd, Ashley Funk, 2:48; 200 m—4th, Anna Tuecke, 30.07; 8th, Katja Graner, 31.4; 11th, Alyssa Barker, 31.7; 1500 m—5th, Hannah Kuehl, 5:56; 12th, Megan Rochleau, 6:47; and 4x400—4th, Emly Asche, Abby Gifford, Carissa Moyna, Kinsey Juergens, 4:37; 8th, Darci Eberhardt, Megan Nemechek, Morgan Jacobsen, Rachel Berg, 5:09.

“This has been a good early indoor meet for us the past five years,” Coach Martha Bauder said. “It has offered us a chance to get some actual running in and also practice for field events and hurdles in a good facility. Overall, we did a very good job for first meet. We had better performances in 11 of the 15 events over last year’s results. We also had several personal record performances, which is a great way to start the season.”

“In the high jump, Anna Tuecke either tied her personal record from last year or broke it but either way that’s a great way to start,” she continued.  “Ashley Funk broke her record from junior high last year. In the long jump all four girls had excellent marks for having had no practice on an actual runway.  In shot put, Samantha Tschirgi was 8” from a personal record, which was recorded two seasons ago. Haley Schroeder ran a very comfortable pace in the 3000 m and missed a personal record by less than a half-second and winning the race, while Ashley Funk placed third with a great time for a freshman. We had two hurdlers qualify for finals—Abby Gifford and Kiana Stender—with both running faster times than at this meet last year.  The 4 x 800 m relay also had a good time for this early with Emily Asche and Carissa Moyna running excellent splits for themselves that were less than two seconds off their best from last year.”

“The distance med relay (Gifford, Asche, Schroeder, Stender) ran a superb race for this early in the year – less than two seconds off what qualified for state last year,” Coach Bauder added.   “Ashely Funk placed 2nd in the 800 with a great time for a freshman.  Kiana Stender ran a very good time in the 400 m with her second place finish while Anna Tuecke also finished in the top five with a personal record time. Hannah Kuehl ran her first 1500 m race and finished with a great time for herself while knowing she felt pretty good afterwards and will be able to cut a lot of time off as she gets in better shape.  The 4 x 400 m relay of Asche, Gifford, Moyna and Juergens ran a good indoor season time with all 4 runners being under 1:10 and Anna Tuecke posting another personal record for herself.  In the 600 m run Katja Graner placed 9th while Megan Rochleau posted a personal record.”

The team’s next action is March 25 at the UIC indoor conference at Luther College.

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