Reitz Memorial High School Girls’ Track & Field team took a break from final exams to compete against 12 other schools at the Sectional Tuesday night at Mt. Vernon, and successfully defended their Sectional Championship title earning 163.5 points. Evansville Mater Dei finished closest with 98 points and a second-place finish.
Nine of the 13 Memorial Seniors (seen in the featured image) helped lead the Tigers to another impressive win led by Co-Captains Claire Sievern and Ellen Hayhurst. Senior Seve Felker (not pictured) along with Mallory Whittmer, Jacqueline Brasseale, and Allison Morphew set the tone with the first running event winning the 4×800 Relay in 9:46.43 over 23 seconds ahead of the 2nd place Castle tandem.
Time trials in the 100 hurdles, 100m and 200m were next where all 6 Memorial speedsters advanced to the finals and at least 4 of the 6 Tigers qualified for the upcoming Regional competition. Junior star Hope McGuire will run the 100m at Regionals and also join Hayhurst in 200m. Senior and hurdle Captain Olivia Kalna qualified for the 100 hurdles running a 16.88.
Memorial Senior standout Claire Sievern remained untouchable running the half-mile in 2:18.42 fending off Junior teammate Allison Morphew who ran 2:20.03. As expected, the Tigers finished the 800m with a 1-2 finish. Both Sievern and Morphew also anchored winning relays in the 4×400 and 4×800 respectively starting and ending the meet with dominate relay wins.
Freshman Tigers made some noise too with personal records (PRs) and qualifying for Regionals. Emma Holt ran the 4×100 in 51.26 with her older teammates (Olivia Clark, Ja’Kaih, Bell, and Hope McGuire) to a season best time and 2nd place finish.
Fifteen-year-old Audrey Weyer improved her high jump PR from 4′ 10″ to 5′ 2″ and earning a trip to her first Regional with fellow high jumper Margaret Schuleten who also improved her PR jumping 5′ 2″.
Not to be outdone, Freshman Jacqueline Brasseale helped the 4×800 Relay to a first place then finish her day with a PR in the 1600m running in 5:11.93 and racing past Evansville Day’s Goebel. Brasseale is making a name for herself with a trademark 200m sprint that leaves most milers defeated as this tiny 14-year-old smiler speeds to first place finishes.
Other memorial efforts by the Tigers include:
Ellen Hayhurst. 400m. First place. 1:00.95
Clare Vogel. 3200m. First place. 11:43.40
Hope McGuire. 200m prelims. 27.04 (PR)
Adele Schnautz. 3200m. PR. 11:50.93
Ellie Moran. Long Jump. PR. 16′ 1″
At least 18 Tigers qualified for the Regional meet at Central High School on Tuesday, May 21st. Come support the undefeated Memorial Girls’ Track & Field program as they compete for the Regional Championship against dozens of schools and their best athletes from 4 area Sectional meets.