The Reitz Memorial High School Girls’ Track & Field team defended their title as Mt. Vernon Invitational Champions Friday night scoring 166 point and extended their winning streak to 21-0. Gibson Southern earned 2nd place honors with 108.33 points.
The Tigers won 8 of the 16 events against 7 area schools despite not running 800m star Claire Sievern, distance champion Clare Vogel, and hurdle and long jump leader Ellie Moran who stayed back to compete in a National Academic Decathlon tournament. Yes, Moran is as smart as she is athletic.
Still, the highlight of the meet was the 1600m race. Memorial vs Memorial. Junior standout Allison Morphew verses new Freshman sensation Jacqueline Brasseale. No need for the distraction from other schools here. This race was between two teammates.
This race pitted two kids as different as they are talented. Morphew wins with powerful and no-nonsense runs; her reactions stoic. Brasseale’s ever-bubbly personality collects wins with sprinter-like speed, bright eyes, and brace-filled smiles. But don’t be fooled, both are fierce competitors and watching these two compete at practice or in a meet is always a highlight reel.
So at the Mt. Vernon Invitational Morphew and Brasseale didn’t disappoint. The Tiger duo finishing first and second place and both milers broke a 1600m meet record held for 16 years by Heather Stembridge who ran a 5:15.23 in 2003. Both Tigers set personal records (PRs) as they pushed each other over the finish line to a new meet record 5:11.94 (set by Morphew). Brasseale finished second with a 5:12.78. For perspective, Fehrenbacher from Mater Dei came in 3rd place 30 seconds behind the two Tigers.
The two champions are pictured with Coach Marlena Sauer -all smiles- in the featured image. It’s hard not to smile when months of hard work leads to such a rewarding finish.
Other reasons to smile are listed below:
First Place Finishes:
200m – Ellen Hayhurst – 26.98
400m – Ellen Hayhurst – 1:00.53
800m – Mallory Wittmer 2:27.79 (PR – over 4 seconds faster)
1600m – Allison Morphew – 5:11.94 (PR – nearly 9 seconds faster)
3200m – Taylor Gries – 12:30.54 (PR – almost 14 seconds faster)
4x400m – Wittmer, Grasseale, Morphew, Hayhurst – 4:09.50
4x800m – Bennett, DeLancey, Schnautz, Jung – 10:31.11
High Jump – Margaret Schulten – 5′
Other Personal Records (PRs):
100m – Izzy Vidal – 17.96
1600m – Jacquline Brasseale – 5:12.78
4x100m – Clark, Holt, Bell, McGuire – 51.73
300h – Audrey Weyer – 52.37
Come support the boys and girls track & field teams as they begin the 2-day SIAC Tournament at Central High School beginning Thursday, May 2 at 5 pm.