Memorial Girls’ Track & Field team hurried to Central Stadium to beat the rain, but didn’t quite succeed. The Tigers did, however, beat the Central Bears and the Mater Dei Wildcats convincingly Thursday night with a 98-49-20 score.
Team Co-Captain Ellen Hayhurst (featured image) has quietly led the team from the dark, cold conditioning workouts in January to the misty track meet Thursday night at Central High School as the Tigers ran away with 12 of the 16 first place finishes.
Hayhurst did her part with three first place finishes. A 26.91 in the 200m, and a 400m in 1:00.95, then the senior star finished the meet winning the 4x400m relay in tandem with Mallory Wittmer, Margaret Schulten, Allison Morphew in 4:13.70.
The highlight -Hayhurst would argue- wasn’t her part in the team’s victory, but rather her freshman teammate, Audrey Weyer, who scored 2 points in a third place finish in pole vault. Classic leader. Deflecting praise to her teammates.
You see, Hayhurst competed at the State Finals in 3 events last year, one event being pole vault. Hayhurst agreed to take young Weyer under her wing teaching this natural talent to be her replacement for the 2019 season. It seems Hayhurst is as good a coach as she is a student-athlete to find such early success with just one day of practice with her young protégé.
This leadership has infected the team. There are dozens of stories of Tiger track stars working together to push each other to move from good to great. Below are some of the results at Central Stadium that came from months of genuine effort at practice:
First Place finishers (in alphabetic order)
Abigail Beckwith 4x800m
Ja’Kiah Bell 4x100m
Ally Bennett 4x800m
Jacqueline Brasseale 1600m
Olivia Clark 4x100m
Sevreanna Felker 800m
Ellen Hayhurst 200m, 400m 4x400m
Emma Holt 4x100m
Annah Hopkins 4x800m
MaKaylee Lindauer Shot Put
Hope Mcguire 4x100m, 100m
Ellie Moran Long Jump
Alli Morphew 4x400m
Margaret Schulten 4x400m, High Jump
Claire Sievern 4x800m
Clare Vogel 3200m
Mallory Wittmer 4x400m
Come support the Track & Field programs next week as they host Bosse (at Bosse) Tuesday, April 9 and compete in the City Tournament Thursday and Friday (April 11+12) at Central Stadium.