Kougars News · Lady Kougar Track and Field Wins 8th Sectional in 9 years; Sizemore and Schoonveld Both Double-Winners, Tuesburg Wins Pole Vault, 11 Events Advance to Regional

In their best meet in the last 2-3 years, the Lady Kougar (KV) Track and Field team won their 8th sectional title in the past 9 years, scoring 140 points to top a very strong field of 13 teams. Morgan Township was 2nd with 109 and Rensselaer was 3rd with 87. KV scored in every event and had a stellar amount of 11 events qualify for the regional (RQ) at Portage next Tuesday. Most significant, they had a whopping total of 12 season-bests (SB) or personal records (PR). Head Coach Lane Lewallen: ” We just had an awesome meet, we are so proud of our girls to perform their best when it mattered the most. Court (Sizemore), Schoon (Tay Schoonveld) and Tues (Kailee Tuesburg) were phenomenal, as were their teammates. To score in every event with that many RQ’s and SB’s and PR’s makes me, Coach (Kim) Wilson and Coach (Rachel) Mathley extremely happy. We needed all those points and once we got momentum, we kept it going all meet. Great job, ladies!! Let’s keep it going at regional.” Sizemore and Schoonveld were simply sensational!  The junior Sizemore has now qualified for a remarkable 9 regional events in her career, with tonight being her first individual  titles, and she nabbed two of them, the 100 and the 300 hurdles. Her 100 win was a blistering hand held PR time of 12.00 and in just her third 300 hurdle race, she sprinted across 1st over a very tough field of hurdlers to win in an outstanding time of 48.68! This time is believed to be the 3rd fastest in school history! She also ran a terrific 2nd leg on the 400 relay team which finished a strong 2nd in a time of 51.82. Freshman phenom Schoonveld kept coming up big in her events, winning  a dual in the high jump with an excellent leap of 5-4, coming from behind in the 400 to win that event in a very fast time of 61.43, and she also placed an important 5th (17.87)  in the 100 hurdles, as she hustled from event to event. Junior Kailee Tuesburg was awesome in her events, winning the pole vault with a gutsy PR jump of 9-9 to win the jump off, and become KV’s first pole vault sectional champion in many years. This vault is 2nd all-time in school history! She also blasted to 5th in the 100 in a PR time of 12.70 and ran her always strong 4×100 lead off leg. KV also had FIVE very important runner-up places, all three relays and Megan Nannega in the 100 hurdles and Cat Cavinder in the 800. Nannenga qualified for another regional with her top sectional finish, placing 2nd in the 100 hurdles in an excellent time of 16.74. “Megs” also had a terrific 300 hurdle race, placing 4th in 50.15, over 2 seconds faster than she ran in this same race last year. She then toughed out a strong 2nd leg of the 4×400 relay, as they placed 2nd in a SB time of 4:20.81. Cavinder, battling an awful cold, showed why she is a true teammate and champion, as she battled to a very close 2nd in the 800 in a SB time of 2:23.55 and then anchored all three relays to 2nd places with terrific split times, 2:27.0 in the 4×800 and 63.0 in the 4×400. Preceding her on the 4×8 were Tay Miller (2:34), freshman Em Wilson (2:38) and Sammy Martin (2:35), as this foursome shattered their previous SB time by roughly 14 seconds, going 10:16.09, a terrific time! Senior Sarah Martin was outstanding on both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, and really shone in the 4×4, as she moved her team from 4th to 2nd on her 3rd leg, with a 64.0 split time. Martin returns to the regional in both relays. Younger sister Sammy placed a solid 5th in the 1600 in 5:48.56 and an important 7th in the 800 in a SB time of 2:40.02.  Freshman Elise Kasper was vital to this championship! She led off the 4×400 team with an excellent 66.0 split time to earn her first regional qualification, as did Wilson in the 4×8,  and that was after two excellent runs in the 400 and 200. Kasper battled hard in the 400, placing a very important 5th in a fine time of 63.93, and far exceeded her 200 seed, placing 6th in 28. 69. Those 1-2 punches are very important in winning sectional team titles. Junior thrower Sara Groen came up huge again last night, just as she did last year in this meet. She placed 3rd in the discus again to return to the regional with a fine toss of 92-3.5! She then PR’d in the shot put with a throw of 31-0.5 inches, good for 7th place. Maddy Friant was 6th in the shot put with a good throw of 31-7.5 and Ken Bakker, the PR machine, did it again, far exceeding her seed with another PR throw of 84-3, good for 8th place. The 12 total points scored by KV’s throwers were very, very important team points. Miller ran a terrific 3200 run, PRing by 3 seconds to take an important 4th place in 12:50.55. Lexi Culbreth hustled home 7th in 13:18.46. Senior Tori Evert, in just her first full season long jumping, came up with 5 big team points, placing 4th on her final jump with a leap of 15-2. Congratulations, and great team performance, ladies. Best wishes to all regional qualifiers next week!