The Memorial Girls’ Track & Field team beat Castle Tuesday 83-49 spoiling Senior Night for the Knights. The undefeated Tigers entered the dual meet with Castle a little banged up after defending their City Title four days earlier, but relied on their depth to improve to 13-0.
Despite the aches and injuries, Memorial still had a dozen personal records (PRs) with half of them in field events. Note that the following list has Tigers scoring in a range from first to not scoring at all.
For example new thrower Priscela Smith just added 15′ to her PR in discus and didn’t score at all, and fellow thrower Jessica Armstead PR’d in shot put (30′ 10″) to win first place points. Both are victories for Memorial and the “just be better than yesterday” mantra may be the key to why Memorial keeps winning year after year. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:
Izzy Vidal – 100m hurdles – :18.06
Sydney Breivogel – 100m hurdles – :20.10
Eleanor Horst – 400m – 1:16.3
Addie Schnautz – 800m – 2:30.95 AND 4x400m split – 1:05.36
Ally Bennett – 800m – 2:40.12 AND 4x400m split – 1:08.19
Jacqueline Brasseale – 3200m – 11:41.53
Jessica Armstead – Shot Put – 30′ 10″
Bethany Morrison – Shot Put – 25′ 9″ AND Discus – 66′ 7″
Sarah Fruit – Discus – 89′ 4″
Priscela Smith – Discus – 82′ 3″
Margaret Schulten – Long Jump – 14′ 11.5″
Junior standout Mallory Wittmer (featured image) may hold another clue to Memorial’s success. Wittmer quietly and consistently scores for the talented Memorial team well aware that she may be overshadowed by Memorial’s other top runners. The result is a win-win as Wittmer pushes the best to be better while improving her own times.
Wittmer’s effort includes a 1:01 in the 400m, a :28.13 in the 200m dash, and a 1:02 split in the second leg of the 4x400m Relay that included Addie Schnautz, and two State competitors (Ellen Hayhurst and Claire Sievern) winning with a time of 4:12.19. Unlike her teammates in the above list, none of Wittmer’s times were PRs. At this level PRs oftentimes get replaced with blue ribbons. Wittmer is most certainly a blue ribbon runner.
Memorial goes back to work tomorrow with a meet at Harrison. Expect to see new names on the score sheet as the deep Tiger team inserts more of it’s JV team to continue to build the future of Memorial’s Track & Field program.