Despite missing one of their top sprinters, the Lady Kougar Track and Field team battled to a 5th place finish at last night’s Northwest Crossroads Conference (NCC) meet. Counting the regular season, they tied for 4th overall, an improvement from last year. When star sprinter, Courtney Sizemore, was lost for the meet after leading her heat of the 100, her team could have folded their tents. They did just the opposite and had several season-bests (SB) and personal records (PR). Munster won their 20th consecutive crown. In a meet that featured many elite area athletes from all the NCC teams, junior superstar Cat Cavinder showed how special of an athlete she is in the 800 meter run. Telling her head coach before the race, “I’m going to sprint this one,” she did just that, burning the opening lap of the 800 in a remarkable 63.0 and finishing very strongly as well, to win in 2:19.23, one of the top times in the area, and likely one of the state’s top times. This time was a full second faster than in 2016 when she also won the NCC 800 title and eventually the 800 at sectional and regional (school record time of 2:17.83) to advance to the state meet. Cavinder earned All-NCC 1st Team honors by virtue of this win. Senior Kirsten Hentschel had another fine NCC meet, earning two more All-NCC honors, 2nd Team in the shot put and honorable mention (HM) in the discus. She was 2nd in the shot with an excellent toss of 33′-7 .5″ and 3rd in the discus with a throw of 92′-8″. Sophomore Kailee Tuesburg rose to the occasion, taking 2nd in the pole vault, tying her PR at 9′-0″, and earning All-NCC 2nd Team honors. In the long jump, freshman Maddy Friant-Nannenga came through big time, busting a PR leap of 16′-4″ in the finals, to grab 3rd place and All-NCC HM honors. Tuesburg set a new PR in the long jump, going 16′-3″ in the finals to nab 4th place, giving her squad a 3-4 finish in that event. Megan Nannenga had her best meet of the season, running against many fine hurdlers. “Megs” raced to a 4th place in the 100 hurdles in an excellent time of 17.18. She also ran a very strong 300 hurdle race. Cavinder showed her versatility with a swift 100 meter dash, placing 4th in 13.14. Sara Groen continued her excellent throwing, placing 5th in the discus with a throw of 91′-9″ and she also PR’d in the shot at 29′-9″. Audrey Birch was 5th in the pole vault, tying her PR of 8′-0″, TWO feet higher than last year! Tori Evert again tied her high jump PR at 4′-8″, good for a tie for 5th. All three relay teams took 5th place. The 3200 relay team of Sam Martin-Becca Caldwell-Lexi Culbreth and Tay Miller ran a SB time of 11:00.32, with Martin and Miller blasting strong split legs of 2:39.0. The 1600 relay team of Halee Griffey-Jan Heerema-Miller and Cavinder ran 4:30.93, with Cavinder running a 63.0 anchor leg. The 400 relay team of Tuesburg-Mo Moslow-Cole Nannenga and Cavinder ran 52.30, a very solid effort as the freshman Moslow stepped in for Sizemore. Other milestones included:
Martin-SB time of 5:50.71 in the 1600; Miller-PR time of 66.46 in the 400; Hannah Tokarz-SB time of 2:45.55 in the 800; C. Nannenga-tying her SB in the 200 with a time of 29.04, and Griffey running TWO seconds faster than her previous fastest 300 hurdle time, she ran a 56.58 last night. Terrific effort , ladies!!