Girls Middle School Track, Girls Varsity Track · Terrific NCC Double-Dual Meet For Lady Kougar Track and Field, Beat Lowell and Highland; Set Many PR’s and SB’s


In probably their best all-around meet of the year, KV’s Lady Kougar Track and Field team defeated Lowell 95-37 and Highland 109-21, to finish a very strong 5-1 in NCC regular season action.  KV improves to 8-1 in the regular season and 31-3 overall, with championships at the Twin Lakes and Gene Edmonds Relays.  They set many personal records (PRs) and season-bests (SBs) as well tonight, with former teammates and current college stars, Allison Rockley-cross country at IUN, and Joli Jungels, track and field at St. Joe’s, looking on.The 3200 relay team of Brittany Kent-Ally Tokarz-Kara Gouwens and Leah Gouwens took 1st overall in 10:38.1, with Kent blasting a 2:31.0 lead-off leg, and L. Gouwens, aka “Princess”, running a terrific 2:37.0 anchor leg split to come from behind for the win.  Asst. Coach David Veldman’s throwers continued to roll, with Alyssa Eger winning another shot put title with a throw of 33′-2″.  Emma Fase was 3rd overall, pleasing Veldman and Volunteer Asst. Coach Rachel Mathley, who also works with the throwers, and does a fantastic job keeping the scorebook for Head Coach Lane Lewallen.  Superstar Jenna Jungels was awesome as usual, blasting to 1st in the 100 hurdles in a PR time of 14.60, with sr. leader Shanan Patrick hustling home 3rd in a PR time of 17.1.  Raegan (“Rae”) Walther had her best meet of her inaugural track and field season, pulling away to win the 100 in a PR-tying time of 12.8.  Fellow soph. Abbey Babe, who continues to improve every meet, was a very strong 2nd in a PR time of 13.5, edging fr. Kara Strong, who was 4th overall in a huge PR time of 13.5 as well.  Erin Gouwens was 2nd overall in the pole vault with Abby Klemp-4th.  Kent had another outstanding night, winning the 1600 over a very strong field, in a time of 5:45.9, with Tokarz-3rd overall in 5:52.2, just off her PR.  The 400 relay team of K. Gouwens-Colon-L. Gouwens and Walther had their best race of the season, edging a strong Lowell team to win in 53.4, a SB for that KV foursome, and their special socks.  Colon hopped right back on the track for her 400, and “Peanut” ran a PR time of 63.3, good for 2nd overall, with Klemp a very strong 4th overall, running a PR time, by almost 2 seconds, of 65.4.  Strong also PR’d in that event by nearly 2 seconds, running a time of 67.7.  Jungels ran another terrific 300 hurdle race, winning in an excellent time of 46.6, with Babe 2nd overall in a fantastic PR time of 50.8!  Patrick ran well, also, taking 4th overall in 54.5.  Then there was the high jump event, with Asst. Coach-HJ Coach Page Walczak getting an up-close view of her #1 jumper, sr. Jenna Musall having the meet of her life!  The sr., aka, “Muscles”, not only PR’d to win the event, but she went THREE inches over her previous best, clearing a remarkable 5′-1″, to the extreme delight of the crowd, and Coach Walczak, who never stopped smiling the rest of the meet.  This 5′-1″ jump puts Musall among the area’s best jumpers.  Brooke Pumnea was 2nd overall and Reiley Burke tied her PR of 4′-4″, good for 3rd overall.  Kent beat another strong group in the 800 to win in a time of 2:33.9.  Crystal Benitez ran her fastest 800 ever, going 2:46.7.  Jungels sailed an outdoor SB of 19′-1 1/2″ to win another long jump crown, with fr. Nicole Nannenga, in her best meet of the season, taking 3rd overall in a HUGE PR leap of 14′-10″. a PR by over a foot!  Jazmyne Mehay showed mental toughness in winning another discus title, this time with a toss of 108′ even, with Kirsten Hentschel-3rd overall.  Walther blistered the track in the 200, in a huge PR time of 26.7 to take the win, a time which should land Walther among the area’s bests.  Babe finished her big night with a 4th in the 200, and Nannenga ran another PR time of 28.7.  Tokarz was 3rd in the 3200, a big night also for “Allie”, with Breanna Rose gutting out another 3200, this one in a PR, by roughly 20 seconds, time of 15:11.4.  The 1600 relay team of K. Gouwens-Klemp-Colon and L. Gouwens claimed another victory in this event, winning in 4:22.0.  “Special K” Kara led off with a terrific split in the mid 64’s, Klemp and Colon gained steady ground, setting the stage for another heroic anchor leg from Leah Gouwens, (sub 65 second leg) as “Princess” again came from behind to bring KV another exciting big win in the meet’s final event!  KV returns to action Sat. at the Goshen Relays, and travel to Highland for the NCC meet, next Tuesday.