Central girls qualify for state in 11 events

The shuttle relay team, whose members include Kiana Stender, Kinsey Jurgens, Anna Tuecke and Abby Gifford, is state-bound. The Central girls’ track team qualified in 11 events. Photo by Bev Hamann


By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer


The Central girls not only won their fifth regional track meet in the past six years. They also qualified in 11 events for the state meet, tying a school record set in 2010. At the May 15 regional meet in Edgewood, the Warriors took first place in a field of 11 teams with the following results:

Shot put—2nd, Hilgerson, 35’4 ½” (state qualifier), 11th, Tschirgi, 29’ ¾”; discus—3rd, Hilgerson, 96’6½”, 4th,Tschirgi, 94’6 ½”; long jump—1st, Gifford, 16’ ¾” (state qualifier), 6th, Graner, 13’7 ½”; high jump—3rd, Tuecke, 4’8”; 3000 m—4th, Kuehl, 12:15.9, 7th, Rochleau, 12:35.2; 4x800—2nd, Stender, Asche, A. Funk, Schroeder, 9:50..62 (school record); shuttle relay, 2nd, Stender, Juergens, Tuecke, Gifford, 1:09.7 (state qualifier); 100 m—8th, Berg, 15.11, 10th, Jacobson, 15.46; distance medley—2nd, Barker, Eberhardt, L. Funk, A. Funk, 4:44.48; 400 m— 1st, Schroeder, 1:00.4 (state qualifier), 8th, Moyna, 1:09.05; 4x200—4th, Gifford, Asche, Juergens, Tuecke, 1:55.1 (state qualifier); 100 m hurdles—4th, Gifford, 17.07, (state qualifier); 8th, Gibney, 19.32; 800 m—1st, Schroeder, 2:24.3 (state qualifier); 7th, Moyna, 2:45.0; 200 m—9th, Eberhardt, 30.06, 10th, Nemechek, 31.52; 400 m hurdles—1st, Stender, 1:09.2, (state qualifier), 5th, Barker, 1:14.8; sprint med—3rd, Asche, Juergens, Tuecke, L. Funk, 2:03.4; 1500 m—2nd, A Funk, 5:27.5 (state qualifier), 5th, Kuehl, 5:44.8; 4x100—6th, Gibney, Graner, Eberhardt, L. Funk, 58.2; 4x400—3rd, Stender, Asche, Juergens, Schroeder, 4:15.8 (state qualifier)

 “As regional meets often seem to go, the weather was miserable again,” Coach Martha Bauder said. “But we must be accustomed to it because it didn’t seem to have an effect on our competitive edge. This meet has to rank in probably the top three in the past 31 years as far as being an amazing team effort. Once again, after finally getting the line up the best I thought we could possibly do, the girls just went out there it did what they had to do.”

“The biggest reason for the incredible nature of this meet was that we were going up against North Linn who many say will be state champions or at least second,” she continued.  “They had an extremely solid line up from top to bottom with many outstanding athletes, but, we have many of the same strengths, so I figured we would match up pretty close but I wasn’t quite sure we would be able to outdo them. But the girls led from start to finish – even though it was never by much – and it would go event-by-event right down to the 4x4 relay. In the end we won by seven points, which made for an extremely exciting meet despite the miserable weather conditions. I told the girls it was amazing because everyone had a part in it and everyone did what they could have done plus some. Overall it was just an incredible team effort. That win gave us the fifth regional championship in the last six years.”

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