Girls Middle School Track, Girls Varsity Track · Lady Kougar Track and Field Wins Gene Edmonds Relays Championship, Gouwens Twins, Jungels, Cavinder, Eger, Mehay, Nannenga, Brown Shine

Ren. RelayTonight the Lady Kougar Track and Field team won their fourth championship of the season, scoring 110 points to win their second Gene Edmonds Relays title in a row!  The area #5 ranked squad is now 26-1 overall on the season, and this team championship was the 26th big meet title in the past 11+ years.  It was another total team effort.  Field events were stellar again, scoring many important points.  Vaulting after the boys’ tonight, allowed the girls to vault into the twilight, and KV’s twins, Erin and Leah Gouwens, rose to the occasion, big-time.  Erin, aka Eeee, was tremendous, soaring to a new personal record vault of 8′-6″ with her family and sister Leah cheering her on.  Leah, aka Princess, had another awesome meet, vaulting a PR tying leap of 7′ as they won another combined vault title at 15′-6″!  This was AFTER Leah had run terrific legs (2:42+) on the 3200 relay team, 2nd in a season-best time of 10:32.7; a blistering 15.4 leg of the shuttle hurdles champs (61.1), and a 65+ leg for the 1600 relay winners!  Erin had already run another terrific 400 relay leg (13.2), as that group finished 3rd in 54.9.  Alyssa Eger had the best shot put throw of her excellent career with her mighty heave of 37′-2″, a PR by a foot for the athletic Egg, a remarkable improvement for that event!  Emma Fase went 30′-7″, as they combined for 2nd in the shot.  In the discus event, KV came up big again with a very important gold medal winning effort of 195′-8″ as a  combined throw.  Jazmyne Mehay continued her fine throwing with her excellent toss of 104′-6″, with Kirsten Hentschel tossing the pie 91′-2″.  Jenna Jungels and Madi Fisher won another long jump gold by combining for a leap of 32″, Jungels going 17′-6″, and Fisher 14-6″ to win handily.  Halee Griffey and Brooke Pumnea both jumped 4′-6″, to take 3rd in the high jump.  KV started off the running events with two solid seconds in the varsity and 9/10 sprint medley relays.  Rae Walther-Nicole Nannenga-Cat Cavinder and Jungels ran 1:56.6, and Natalie Fox-Nannenga-Pumnea and Kara Strong ran 2:06.8.  (9/10 races counted the same as the varsity races, in effect, ALL the events were varsity races…) Abby Homrich-Walther-Julianna Colon and Allie Tokarz were 4th in the varsity distance medley relay, with Rachel Hunter-Bri Brown-Strong and Becca (Peanut) Caldwell 5th in the 9/10 version.  Fox-Nannenga and Walther joined E. Gouwens on the varsity 400 relay team, with Walther blasting home in a 12.8 split.  KV then found another gear in the remaining races of the evening.  The 3200 relay team of Colon (2:35+)-L. Gouwens (see above for split), Tokarz and Cavinder (a very strong 2:27 anchor leg to make up a lot of ground on the field), ran a season-best (SB) time by over 30 seconds, with their 2nd place time of 10:32.7.  In a battle with an excellent Twin Lakes team at the half-way mark of the meet, KV used their field event and sprint/hurdle strength to pull away for another huge team championship.  The shuttle hurdle team of Brown-L. Gouwens (split listed above), Cavinder and Jungels (13.8 split) took a huge win in this event in an excellent SB time of 61.1!  The 9/10 400 relay team, running together for the first time, showed poise and flashed their heels in a gigantic gold-medal winning performance of 56.6!  Fox-Strong-Brown (13.7) and Nannenga (13.8) were awesome in this all-important relay win!  Those four youngsters, along with many of  the previous listed multi-eventers, showed a lot of mental toughness tonight.  The 1600 varsity relay team of Colon (64+)- Jungels- L. Gouwens (split above), and fr. sensation Cavinder (61.5) finished the meet off in fine fashion with another gold medal winning performance of 4:18.2!  Another great meet ladies!  This meet is a great test of depth and focus.  Head Coach Lane K. Lewallen: “We really performed very well… and despite me being grumpy coach for awhile, my girls responded like the champions they are.  Really our efforts were quite good the entire meet.  Winning these titles NEVER gets old, and our girls should be very, very proud of another championship.”  KV returns to action next Thursday in their final NCC double-dual meet at Highland, with an excellent Lowell team.