Girls are first at conference meet

Central’s Kinsey Juergens, right, hands off to Haley Schroeder in the 4x400 relay. Central finished second in the relay. Schroeder finished first in 800 meters, setting a school record. Photo by Bev Hamann


By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer


The Central girls’ track team finished first at the Upper Iowa Conference championship May 8. Following are the results for the top 10 finishes:

Shot Put—9th, Hilgerson, 30’10”; discus—4th, Hilgerson, 98’4”, 5th, Tschirgi, 97’1”; long Jump— 1st, Gifford, 16’10 ¾”, 7th, Graner, 13’10 ½”; 3000 m—4th, Kuehl, 12:30.9, 8th, Berns, 13:01.6; 4x800—4th, Asche, Moyna, Barker, Funk, 10:40.5; shuttle—1st, Gifford, Juergens, Tuecke, Stender, 1:09.5; 100 m—2nd, Schroeder, 13.42; distance medley— 4th, Eberhardt, Barker, Funk, Funk, 4:49.3; 400 m—1st, Schroeder, 59.01, 3rd, Stender, 1:02.7; 4x200—3rd, Asche, Tuecke, Eberhardt, Juergens, 1:56.8; 100 m hurdles—3rd, Gifford, 17.6; 800 m—1st, Schroeder, 2:20.5 (school record); 200 m—7th, Gifford, 28.1; 400 m hurdles—1st, Stender, 1:08.1, 7th, Barker, 1:16.7; sprint medley—5th, Berg, Eberhardt, Tuecke, Funk, 2:05.4; 1500 m— 4th, Funk, 5:28.1, 9th, Kuehl, 5:39.7; 4 x 100—5th, Asche, Eberhardt, Berg, Funk, 56.01; and 4x400—2nd, Stender, Asche, Juergens, Schroeder, 4:16.9 

“Other than inclement weather, the entire meet our team was clicking on all cylinders for this meet,” Coach Martha Bauder said.  “We knew we had a solid chance to win but there were about five other teams that could have also been in the mix and there would be no room for error.  I thrive on researching multiple line up possibilities for our team and also what other teams might do and when the lineup finally came together I knew we had what I would call a killer lineup, but the girls still had to perform and carry it out for every single event. “

“Right from the start our girls were on board—even though the lineup included several new or untested things, they went for it all out,” she continued.  “We were exactly right on or better than predicted in 13 of the 19 events.  We started out with a superb long jump effort by Abby Gifford. Then we double placed in discus with both Hilgerson and Tschirgi making finals and throwing their bests of the season.  We also double placed in the 3000 m run where Kuehl and Berns both battled to the last ounce of energy they had in order to gain points for the team.”

“Schroeder ran the race of her life by winning the 800 m run with a school record time of 2:20.5 and a time that has bumped her up to seeded third in class 1A. Meanwhile, Rocheleau also had her best 800 m race ever by cutting nearly 12 seconds off her best time. Other personal records included Gifford in the 200 m dash and Barker in the 800 m split of the 4 x 800.”

The girls’ next action will be at the regional qualifying meet May 15 at EdCo.


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