Lady Eagles 2nd in 14 team Marco Marcet Track and Field Invitational
by Head Coach Mike Snyder
The Frankenmuth Lady Eagles were just two points shy of winning their home 14 team Marco Marcet Track and Field Invitational placing second to Division I school Saginaw Heritage. This was a great meet for the team as they performed well in several events setting eight personal records and six season best marks. Looking back, we knew we could have scored a few more points if we entered our 4x800m relay team (their best time would have placed them second). However, we made the decision before the meet that our goal was to allow the distance runners to concentrate on individual events today and see what they can do instead of going for as many points as we could. The team performed very well and we are very pleased with the results and how they competed today. The boys’ team competed very strong and came out on top of their meet so we nearly had a double victory at home.
This was a great time to provide large meet experience for many of our new athletes. With 14 schools from all divisions, it makes for a very competitive meet. The field events started us off strong with several scoring positions. In the shot put, senior Keri Frahm won with a personal best throw of 37’ 1” followed by senior Megan Reinbold tying her season best of 28’ 5.5” and Kenzie Harmon setting her personal record at 27’ 3.5”. In the discus, Keri led the way once again with a winning toss of 119’ 02”. We know Keri will be popping one out close to or over her sister, Ashley’s school record of 140’ 11” very soon. We know everything she is doing in practice will soon come together. Junior Kylee Reinert threw her second furthest of the season with a 84’ 5” toss and sophomore Kenzie Harmon threw 27’ 3.5” tonight. In the high jump, sophomore Olivia Schmitt cleared 4’ 4” placing 7th. Olivia has what it takes to easily be a 5’ jumper and we will continue to work with her to get her there soon. In the pole vault, senior Kelsie Kujat tied her season best of 8’ 6” as she won the event followed by senior Maia Kern who set a personal record with an 8’ 0” jump. Junior Sarah Aldrich was 11th with a 7’ 0” jump. Finally, in the long jump, sophomore Grace Kaiser set a personal best taking 4th place with a leap of 14𠆒”. Grace has been resting a tight quad muscle and it’s good to see her starting to come back. Kelsie Kujat jumped 13’ 2.5” followed by Sarah Aldrich with a jump of 12’ 9”. Sarah said they measured one of her foul attempts over the 14’ mark, so we know she will get back there soon.
Starting off the running events with the 100m, freshmen Alexa Cross set a personal record placing 13th with a time of 14.22 followed by senior Abi Samson (15.28) and freshmen Natalie Clark (15.14). In the 200m, Alexa placed 14th with a time of 30.65 followed by freshmen Halia Andrews (31.97) and Natalie Clark (32.49). In the open 400m, sophomore Adalee Beller got back into the 60 second range with a 10th place season best time of 69.82. Halia also ran in the open 400m and clocked her second best time of her career with a 71.25 second finish. Coach Hayes and I are looking forward to seeing just what our 800m team can do this season. In the open 800m, junior Carissa Schurr ran a season best 2:30.68 winning the event followed by sophomore Sarah Richmond in 5th with a season best time of 2:40.89 and freshmen Zoe Malochleb finished with a personal record time of 2:54.26. Zoe was very nervous before the race because she was in the fast heat. I overheard her teammates assure her that she needs to trust her training and go with the pack, which she did and ran her best race so far this season. It was great to hear the veteran members pull together like this and encourage their new teammates. In the 1600m, sophomore Hannah Loucks ran to a personal best time of 5:37.27 leading for three of the four laps and following the guidance of distance Coach Rob Hayes and he told them 𠇍on’t be afraid to win”. Hannah ran a great race and should be happy with her results. In the 3200m race, freshmen Gabby Harris placed 10th and ran her second fastest time as a varsity runner as she clocked a 13:46.44 time. Gabby is already starting to make her mark and we can see that with her work ethic, she will only get better as the season progresses. In the 100m hurdles, junior Megan Ihrig finished 7th running a season best time of 18.95 just .72 seconds off her personal best. This was the first time Megan ran the hurdles this season and already starting out that close to her all-time best is great to see. Sophomore Faythe Bergman clocked a 20.51 seconds in the event. Both Faythe and Megan will be working on their speed between the hurdles this season and possibly getting to three step each hurdle will help them tremendously. In the 300m hurdles, both Megan and Faythe teamed up again and both set season best times. Megan clocked a 56.84 good for 7th place and Faythe clocked a 57.71. Both are heading in the right direction. The 4x100m relay team of Kelsie Kujat, Natalie Clark, Abi Samson, and Alexa Cross was a new mix this meet and finished 7th with a time of 57.61. We need to try different combinations of sprinters in the relays to find the fastest foursome but this takes a while to master as handoffs are always something that are very important in the fast race like the 4x100m relay. The 4x200m relay made up of Faythe Berman, Alexa Cross, Felicia Whitley, and Adalee Beller finished 6th today with a time of 1:59.30. The 4x400m relay team of Adalee Beller, Grace Kaiser, Felicia Whitley, and Carissa Schurr ran their best time today placing 3rd with a time of 4:33.47. We were in second place going into the 4x400m relay and needed a strong 4x400m finish in order to have a chance knowing that we had to beat Saginaw Heritage. The girls ran their best time of the season and did what they needed to do by beating the Heritage team, but we came up just two points shy in the final standings after all events were scored.
Placing this high in our 14 team invitational with four Division I, five Division II, four Division III, and one Division IV school is a great start to the season. Coach Hayes and I know we have a ways to go to be competitive at the very top of Division III, so we will continue to work to give the athletes what they need to be the best that they can be.