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Kougars News · Girls’ Track and Field Team Battles to a Runner-up Sectional Finish; Cavinder Wins 800; 4×100 and 4×800 Teams, M. Nannenga, Sizemore, Tuesburg and Groen Also Qualify for Regional


Last night, the Lady Kougar Track and Field team competed hard to extend their sectional title streak, battling back from a 24 point deficit to take a short lead, but ultimately finished a strong 2nd to an outstanding Morgan Township team, 113.5-101.5, in the 14 team field. Rensselaer was 3rd with 85, and Kouts-4th with 75.5. Head Coach Lane Lewallen: ” We battled hard tonight and exceeded many seeds. We ask them to do their best, and my girls did that tonight. Hats off to Morgan, they have a great team, and Rensselaer and Kouts had excellent meets too, as did many individuals from all the schools. The meet was very well run by our athletic administration and now we prepare for regionals.” Junior four-sport superstar Cat Cavinder provided her team’s only win, winning the 800 in a very fast time of 2:22.4 over an excellent field of runners, defending her 2016 800 title. She also advances to the regional in the 4×100 relay. The quartet of Kailee Tuesburg-Courtney Sizemore and Nicole Nannenga were 2nd in 52.62. Cavinder was also 5th in the 100 and her 4×400 team was 4th. That relay included Taylor Miller-Jan Heerema and Halee Griffey. Sophomores Sizemore and Tuesburg had terrific meets, each qualifying in three events for regional. Sizemore gutted out thirds in both the 100 and 200 into the wind with her sore knees, while Tuesburg was 2nd in the long jump with a leap of 16′-1.5″, after she led the event most of the meet. She also tied her personal record (PR) in the pole vault at 9′-0″ to also get out to regional. Classmate Sara Groen was amazing all meet, continuing her PR streak. Seeded 8th in the discus she uncorked FIVE PRs of her 6 throws! Her best toss was 104′-00″, a remarkable TWELVE foot PR to place 3rd and advance to her first regional. She also exceeded her seed in the shot put, placing 8th. Yet another sophomore, Megs Nannenga had a terrific meet as well in the hurdles. She qualified for her second regional in the 100 hurdles, placing 3rd in an excellent time of 17.36. She also hustled home strong in the 300 hurdles, placing 5th in 52.70, her best long hurdles race of the season. The first final race of the night, the 4×800 relay, provided a huge highlight of the meet for the Lady Kougars. Miller-Becca Caldwell-Hannah Tokarz and sophomore Sam Martin far exceeded their 5th seed, with an excellent 3rd place finish to qualify for regional. Their time of 10:37.8 was nearly 23! seconds faster than their previous season-best (SB) time. Miller ran a very strong lead-off leg of 2:34.0, with anchor leg Martin running the same very strong split to advance to regional, Martin’s third qualification of her excellent career. Martin ran great all meet, exceeding her seed in the 1600 with a SB time of 5:47.25, good for 4th place, and running a tough 3200, placing 6th in a fine time of 12:56.91. Miller placed 7th in the 400. Other strong places for them were: Maddy Friant-Nannenga-5th in the long jump with a leap of 15′-5.75″, and a solid 7th in the 100 hurdles; Tori Evert tied for 6th in the high jump;  Kirsten Hentschel was 5th in the shot put and 6th in the discus. Great effort ladies, and best wishes at regional.