Kougars News · Cavinder Breaks School-Record in 800, Returns to State Meet at Portage Track and Field Regional


At Tuesday’s Portage Regional Track and Field meet, the Lady Kougars competed very well in the ultra competitive meet. Junior superstar Cat Cavinder ran a terrific 800 meter run, placing 4th in a school-record time of 2:16.65, shattering her own mark of 2:17.82, set during her 2016 800 regional win. This awesome time and effort not only received a call-back to the state meet this year, it would have won FOUR other regionals, and she is seeded 10th at the state meet! Head Coach Lane Lewallen: ” We are very pleased with the effort of all our regional qualifiers. Cat ran amazing! The state call back situation is an interesting one, and what a blessing it is when it works out. We’ve had a consistent string of state qualifiers through the years, with the last call back coming in the 4×400 in 2015. The quartet of Kara and Leah Gouwens, Jenna Jungels and Brittany Kent won the “slow” heat, placed 4th overall at regional, set the school-record of 4:04.17 and also had the fastest 4×400 time in the state to get a call back. Jenna had already advanced to state in both hurdles and the long jump and Britt in the 800, so that call back was a wonderful addition to an awesome evening, eventually qualifying FIVE events to state. It really shows how tough our regional is, and makes me even more proud when we compete so well at such a high level. It is important for my girls to realize they belong at this level, and at the state meet level, and they do. It is VERY hard to advance an athlete to state period, and in years like this one even more so. We are very, very excited for Cat to be returning to the state meet. She has worked SO hard and she is back and faster and stronger than ever!”   The 5 points she scored in the 800 allowed her team to be tied for 20th, they scored zero points in 2017 at the regional.  Cavinder also anchored the 4×100 relay team to a time of 52.22. Joining her on that relay were Kailee Tuesburg, Courtney Sizemore and senior leader Nicole Nannenga. Tuesburg, just a sophomore, had another excellent meet, taking 11th in the pole vault in a personal record tying jump of 9′-0″. She had strong attempts at 9′-6″. Tuesburg was also 12th in the long jump, competing very well at her first regional. Classmate Megan Nannenga ran an outstanding 100 hurdles, far exceeding her 16th seed with her 12th place finish in a fine time of 17.01. Sophomore Sizemore ran a solid 100 trial in 13.12, WAY faster than she ran at sectional. Another sophomore, Sara Groen, did very well to reach the regional discus event. She threw the disc 89′-5. Groen’s future is very bright. The 4×800 relay team of Tay Miller, Becca Caldwell, Hannah Tokarz and Sam Martin ran their second fastest time of the year in 10:46.8. Miller led the way with an excellent 2:35.0 lead-off split leg, while Caldwell ran a 2:42.0 split. Excellent job, ladies! Cavinder runs in the state meet on June 1st at Indiana University, running finals start at 5:15 our time. Best wishes to her as she competes in her third state meet, two in track and field and one in cross country.