In their 3rd meet in 6 days, the Lady Kougars performed brilliantly at last night’s Northwest Crossroads Conference (NCC) track and field meet, held at Highland High School. KV was a very strong 2nd with 142 pts., and also 2nd overall in the team standings, in the always tough NCC field. Jr. superstar Jenna Jungels was her usual dominating self, blasting to huge event wins in the 100 hurdles (15.21), 300 hurdles (46.89), and long jump (18′-7″), to give her a phenomenal THREE All-NCC 1st Team selections in one meet! Her long jump mark set a new conference record! Jungels also anchored the 4×400 relay team to a 2nd place in 4:17.99. (Event champions are All-NCC 1st Team, 2nd place=All-NCC 2nd Team and 3rd place =All-NCC Honorable Mention (HM). Soph. three-sport star, Raegan Walther, had a great meet, finishing strong as always to take the 100 meter crown in 13.12, placing 2nd in the 200 in 27.39 and anchoring the 400 relay to 3rd place in 53.97, with a very fast anchor leg. Rare enough for a track and field athlete to be a THREE-time All-NCC selection in one meet, even more rare for that athlete to be in her FIRST track and field season, after having already been All-NCC in soccer and basketball! Congratulations to Walther, who continues to represent KV very well. KV’s distance crew, even smaller in numbers tonight than usual, was led again by the soph. dynamic BFF duo of Brittany Kent and Allie Tokarz. Kent was stellar as usual, blasting a 2:27.1 lead-off 3200 relay leg to boost that team to a season-best by roughly 8 seconds, taking 3rd with a fine time of 10:23.92. Kent was also a solid 4th in the 1600 (5:41. 59), and ran a terrific 800, setting a new personal record (PR) time of 2:29.80, good for 3rd place. Kent is also a three-sport stand-out, All-NCC 1st Team and a semi-state qualifier in cross country and a school-record holder in swimming, along with her prowess on the track. Tokarz was a PR machine, placing right behind her pal in the 1600 with her PR time of 5:44.78, good for 5th, and duplicating that place in the 3200, snagging runners in the final two laps of the long run, taking 5th in another huge PR time of 12:38.20. Versatile athletes and runners, Leah Gouwens, big sister Kara, and Julianna Colon, all made All-NCC in all three relays; the aforementioned 3200 relay, 400 relay and 1600 relay, all three running very well, with Leah especially blasting very fast legs. Colon also hustled home 5th in the open 400 in a fine time of 63.88. Sr. veteran Shanan Patrick continued her fine season, taking 5th in the 100 hurdles in an excellent time of 17.52, closing fast as usual. Soph. Abbey Babe, focusing her immense talent on just one event last night, impressed everyone in the 300 hurdles, taking 4th in a PR time of 50.73, giving KV 15 large points in that event! Field events again were terrific, improving their seeds in most events. Jenna Musall, another rare sr. on this year’s squad, was great again in the high jump, clearing 5′-0″, good for 4th place. Fr. Brooke Pumnea had another fine meet, tying her PR in the high jump with her 4′-10″ jump, good for 5th place. Pole vault was awesome as well. Lest anyone forget there are THREE Gouwens sisters, jr. Erin proved she is no one’s caddy, taking a very strong 3rd place, tying her PR at 7′-6″ and earning All-NCC HM status. There is no better teammate than “E”, and the Gouwens “triplets” contributed a remarkable SEVEN ALL-NCC selections last night! Soph. Abby Klemp, despite not feeling well, also had a stellar vault, tying her PR at 7′-6″, good for an important 4th place. Fr. Madi Fisher, impressive on her last attempt, PR’d in the long jump with her leap of 14′-9″, good for a big 6th place. Throws did their thing again, with jr. stars Alysaa Eger and Jazmyne Mehay, two of the area’s bests, grabbing All-NCC 2nd Team honors by virtue of their 2nd place finishes. Eger tossed the shot put 34′-11 1/2″, and Mehay sailed the discus 111′-7″. Soph. Emma Fase also did very well, taking a big 6th place in the shot put, with a near PR throw of 31′-4″, giving shot 11 pts. and the two throws 19 big points. Terrific meet, ladies! KV hosts the KV Invite Friday and also hosts the sectional Tuesday the 19th, where they are 4x defending team champions.