Reitz Memorial High School Girls’ Track & Field team hosted it’s first and only home meet at Bosse High School Tuesday and extended their undefeated seasons with a comfortable 92-27 win over the Bosse Bulldogs.
Memorial showed their strength on Tuesday despite leaving off several of their top athletes as they look ahead to this week’s City Tournament. What resulted was a showcase of the quality of leadership within the team and how deep the talent well is for the Memorial Girls’ Track & Field program.
Proof of Memorial Tiger’s success was best seen in a seemingly uneventful event. The 3200m with an opponent who didn’t list anyone for the 2-mile event. The featured image pictures 6 of the 8 track stars to help tell the story.
From left to right are 2018 State 4×800 star Allison Morphew, Rachel DeLancey, Addie Schnautz, freshman sensation Jacqueline Brasseale, Olivia Anderson, and Taylor Gries. Not pictured are Claire Vogel and 2017 800m runner-up and 3-event school record holder Claire Sievern. All 8 of these distance runners are heroes. Here’s why:
Near the end of the meet 7 Memorial distance stars circled Anderson and ran 2 miles together with the sole intention of helping Anderson reach a personal record (PR) in the 3200m event. It worked. Anderson teammates cheered and encouraged her around the track 8 times as Anderson finished winning the event in 15:23.69, cutting 11 seconds off her previous PR.
What’s not pictured but is a certain highlight is seeing Anderson cross the finish line with the other 7 teammates behind her shoulder to shoulder all tying for 2nd place with a time of 15:25.59. Coach Sauer and other teammates were cheering at the finish line like Memorial just won State. No, the 3200m isn’t as flashy as the 200m dash or the 300 hurdles, but today it was arguably the best moment of the Bosse vs Memorial meet.
Speaking of the 200m dash, an honorable mention goes to Ellen Hayhurst who PR’d with a :26.46 and ran away with a first place finish over Bosse’s speedy Williams and Dixon. Equally impressive was the other 5 Tigers (Clark, Wittmer, Holt, Schulten, and Bell) who ALL ran PR’s in the 200m dash too. Like I said, flashy.
It’s no wonder why Memorial Girls’ Track & Field continues to be successful when the team has a common goal for each student-athlete to just be better than the day before.
Below is a list of all of the Memorial Girls’ who finished first at Tuesday’s meet:
4x800m Relay: Hopkins, Jung, Stahl, and A. Moran. 11:56.99
100m Hurdles: Kalna. :16.53
1600m: Anderson. 6:30.90 (PR)
400m: Hayhurst. 1:01.66
300m Hurdles: E. Moran. :51.78
800m: Bennett. 2:42.78 (PR)
200m: Hayhurst. :26.46 (PR)
3200m: Anderson. 15:23.69 (PR)
4×400 Relay: Whittmer, Schulten, Stahl, Hayhurst. 4:21.41
High Jump: Schulten. 4′ 10″
Shot Put: Williams. 29′ 2.25″
Discus: Schroeder. 89′ 11″
Memorial Girls’ and Boys’ Track & Field teams return to competition at Central Stadium for the City Tournament Prelims beginning at 5 pm Thursday and Finals Friday. Come support the Tigers as they defend their City titles.