BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Lady Maroons are running, jumping, throwing, and vaulting into the new track & field season. They started with the Indiana Open Meet in Bloomington, Indiana.
These early meets are for practice and to get the athletes acclamated the various tracks and conditions (like real competition). This competition was a little different as it was on a banked track (as in NASCAR). The noise factor was tremendous and the coaches said the sling-shot affect coming out of the turns was an experience all its own.
A highlight for the team was sophomore Alax Shanks volunteering to run on the inside lane of a teammate to ensure her safety. She also raced at the teammates pace instead of her own in her only event of the day. Payne Turney was also a standout, winning the 800 meter run in 2:20.78, leading from start to finish. Other personal bests for the meet were:
*Tori Burke 60m dash
*Mac Reeser Shot Put
*Autumn Brinkoetter 400m dash (her first high school meet)
*Jackie Green Pole Vault
*Kady Patelsky Weight Throw
*Riley Prusser Long Jump (.5 off the school record)
*Taylor Carlson Long Jump
*Emmy Fought Shot Put
Next the team headed to a closer Bloomington (Illinois) for the Early Bird Meet held every year at Weslyan University. Again, the emphasis was on a very early meet being mpre practice than winning all the events. Even at that, the Lady Maroons began to sharpen their talents for the season. Riley Pruser, although not placing in the meet had a personal best and school record performance in the triple jump leaping 32’2.5”. The teams top six medal winners were:
*6th place Varsity 4x800 relay
Olivia Petersen, Clare Holland, Payne Turney,
*3rd place 60m dash Tori Burke
*1st place 4x200m relay (F/S) Mallory Cyrulik, Hadley Wilson, Olivia Petersen,Autumn Brinkoetter
*6th place 4x200 relay (Varsity) Tori Burke, Payne Turney, Riley Pruser, Jacalyn Green
*3rd place 4x400 relay (Varsity) Hadley Wilson, Payne Turney, Mallory Cyrulik, Tori Burke
*3rd place Long Jump Riley Pruser
Along with those who placed at the meet, several athletes set personal records. Those team members were: Mac Reeser, Jackie Green, Mallory Cyurulik, Jayd Rich, Audrfey Stark, Alax Shanks, Jessie Wertz, Mackenzee Willoughby, Hannah Williams and Taylor Carlson.