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by Head Coach Mike Snyder

FHS girls capture third straight MITCA Team State Crown!

  The Frankenmuth High School girls varsity track team captured the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Team State Championship this past Saturday hosted by Shepherd High School. 

  Coach Hayes and I value this meet as do many of the track and field coaches in Michigan as it represents a total team picture at the highest level.  The top teams in the state are invited to participate based on their “Power Rankings.” A hypothetical meet is scored with the athlete’s best performances during the season.  All Regional winners are also invited to the meet. 

  Each team enters three athletes in each event (one team per relay) and everyone scores.  With 13 teams, first place would earn 39 points, second place would earn 38 points ... 39th place would earn one point.  Relays are scored a bit differently with first place earning 78 points (double the individual event points), second place 6 points less at 72 points, third place at 66 points, etc.  With this type of scoring, every member of the team is important as they want to place as high in the standings as possible.  Our girls did an exceptional job with 14 setting personal records in their events and one with a season best. 

  Our veteran athletes that are counted on each meet just to ��o what they do” also came through and performed up to expectations.  What I like people to understand about this statement is that it is very hard to perform at this level when their personal bests are either already a school record or their mark is one of the top in Division 3.  A great example of this is Stephanie Lambeth winning the pole vault with a MITCA State Meet record vault of 12’ 6” just missing 13’ 2” on three attempts.

  This is a lot of pressure every meet but it shows what type of athletes our girls are.  Athletes like seniors Sydney Bronner, Sarah Beulla and Stephanie Lambeth, and junior Keri Frahm fall into this category.  But even with athletes like these that consistently perform at the state level, you cannot win a state championship without the rest of the team also performing at high standards while continuing to set personal records (the best they have ever performed in their life at that event).  Many girls had to run in multiple events or in an event for the first time so we could be three-strong in every event.  Our distance runners have the biggest challenge in that area (running multiple distance events), and they came through for us at Shepherd. It’s certainly a tribute to the entire team to win this meet. 

  We were behind by 1.5 points with three events yet to be scored (out of a total of 17 events).  Coach Hayes and I may have been just a little nervous until we found out that the three events that were not scored yet included the pole vault (where our girls took 1st, 2nd, and 5thout of 37 jumpers), the Discus (1st, 11th, and 20th out of 39 throwers), and the 4x400m relay where we finished one place up from where we were seeded. 

  When the final scores were read over the loud speakers starting from 13th place up, our girls erupted with excitement when they heard Adrian Madison’s name announced for 2nd place as they knew they had just captured the MITCA Team State Championship for the third consecutive year! 

  Several personal records were set at just the right time to help move up in the seeding, including many by our freshman and sophomore athletes. 

  100m: Sarah Beulla (2nd with 12.85), Sarah Pasco (4th with 13.40 a personal record), Stephanie Lambeth (6th with 13.51 a personal record); 200m: Sarah Beulla (2nd with 26.24), Lauren Woodard (16th with 28.94), Felicia Whitley (20th with 29.34); 400m:
Carissa Schurr (11th with 64.64), AdaleeBeller (20th with a 66.74 a personal record), Grace Kaiser (22nd with 67.44); 800m:
Carissa Schurr (9th with 2:29.6), Sarah Richmond (15th with 2:37.0), Jordyn Savage (20th with 2:41.0 a personal record); 1600m:
Autumn Gentner (24th with 6:02.3), Hannah Loucks (28th with a 6:06.1), Sarah Richmond (33rd with a 6:33.0); 3200m:
Justine Worley (14th with a 13:22.90 a personal record), Autumn Gentner (22nd with a 13:51.2), Hannah Loucks (23rd with a 13:55.50 a personal record)

  100m Hurdles: Sydney Bronner (1st with a 15.31), Megan Ihrig (14th with a 18.39), Faythe Bergman (23rd with a 19.82 a personal record); 300m Hurdles: Sydney Bronner (1st with a 47.54), Megan Ihrig (9th with a 52.94 a personal record), Fathye Bergman (19th with a 55.14)

  4x100m Relay: Kendra Kujat, Sarah Pasco, Stephanie Lambeth, Sarah Beulla (1st with 50.94 a team best); 4x200m Relay: Sydney Bronner, Felicia Whitley, Lauren Woodard, Sarah Beulla (1st with 1:46.50 a team best); 4x400m Relay: Carissa Schurr, Kendra Kujat, Lauren Woodard, Felicia Whitley (8th with 4:22.90); 4x800m Relay: Sarah Richmond, Hannah Loucks, Jordyn Savage, Carissa Schurr (8th with 10:34.94 a team best)

  Shot Put: Sarah Janson (4th with 35-3.5), Keri Frahm (5th with 34-10.5), Megan Reinbold (19th with 29-1.5); Discus: Keri Frahm (1st with 119-01), Sarah Janson (11th with 87-05 a season best), Kylee Reinert (20th with a 81-08)

  High Jump: Sydney Bronner (1st with 5-02), Kendra Kujat (10th with 4-02), Olivia Schmitt (19th with 4-02); Pole Vault: Stephanie Lambeth (1st with 12-06 NEW MITCA MEET RECORD), Kelsie Kujat (2nd with 9-06 a personal record), Megan Ihrig (5th with 9-0 ties personal record); Long Jump: Stephanie Lambeth (4th with 16-00.75), Kelsie Kujat (11th with 14-04.5 a personal record), Sarah Aldrich (13th with 14-03.5 a personal record).

 

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