Girls Middle School Track, Girls Varsity Track · Jungels Earns Three Medals at State Track and Field Meet; Kent and K. and L. Gouwens Also Perform Well

At yesterday’s state track and field meet, jr. superstar Jenna Jungels battled hard to earn three individual medals, giving her SEVEN total indoor and outdoor All-State honors in her historic career!  In the long jump she entered the finals in 7th place, but improved that with her first finals leap of 18′-6.25″, good for 5th place and her first podium finish of the day.  She placed 8th in the outdoor state meet long jump her freshman year and won the indoor state meet title in this event this past indoor season. On this sweltering hot day, she then came from way back in the pack to take 2nd place in her heat of the 100 hurdle trials, running a time of 14.73, to make the finals, where she placed 9th last year at the outdoor state meet.  She grabbed another podium spot and medal in the finals, with her time of 15.01, good for 6th place.  She also placed 9th in the 300 hurdles in a time of 45.24, the second-fastest time of her career in the long hurdles, and hung on for her third medal of the night, an outstanding feat!  A large number of KVHS supporters then turned to the 800 where sophomore distance star Brittany Kent was set to perform.  As she has all season, Kent ran another outstanding race, exceeding her seed with her strong 24th place run in a time of 2:24.35, the second fastest 800 of her tremendous career at KV.  Jungels and Kent then ran fast legs on the 4×400 relay team which was performing in front of friends and family.  They were of course joined by the Gouwens sisters, Kara and Leah, who ran brilliantly on legs 1 and 3, respectively.  Sr. Captain and Academic All-Stater Kara, who will be greatly missed by Coach Lane Lewallen and his staff, ran her fastest split in years, blasting a 60.+ leg in Heat 1, before handing to Jungels for Leg 2.  (K. Gouwens led off the 2012 4×400 relay team to state, joined by Gab Martin, Dayton “Tator” Dellahan, and Indiana All-Star, sprint sensation, Leanna Mulloy.)  Jungels, whose 10 pts. scored individually, allowed KV to tie for 20th as a team, their best team finish in many, many years, then gave the baton to jr. Leah, who had already taken the SAT’s earlier that morning at KVHS.  She ran an awesome leg, sprinting past THREE runners in the biggest track and field meet of her outstanding three-sport career, with an excellent split time of 61.+.  Kent then brought it home strong in 3rd place in Heat 1, 20th overall, in an excellent time of 4:05.56.  This was a fantastic effort for a relay squad seeded 9th at regional, and who received a coveted call-back to the state meet based off their 4th place regional finish in a school-record time of 4:04.17! Congratulations, ladies, on one of the best seasons in KV history!  The 2016 squad, led by seniors Jungels, Leah and pole vaulter Erin Gouwens, and throwers Alyssa Eger and Jazmyne Mehay, not to mention a strong group of underclassmen that competed very well this season, and incoming freshmen and/or newcomers, KV looks to build on their current tradition of success, which includes five straight sectional team titles and sending athletes to the state meet.