Lady Eagle tracksters second at regional, one point behind Reese
by Head Coach Mike Snyder
The Frankenmuth varsity girls’ track and field team traveled to Bad Axe on Saturday, May 21, and came home with Regional Runner-Up honors finishing just behind Reese by one point. Coach Hayes and I are extremely pleased with how the team performed. We ask them to do their best every single meet and somehow they find it within themselves to come through. The lady eagles set 17 personal records and one season best mark which is amazing in itself. This team has really come together and performed like a true team – they are competing like champions and upholding the strong winning tradition that is attached with the track and field program in Frankenmuth. We have eight athletes that qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) State Finals in seven events. It’s a blessing to have just one athlete achieve the State qualifying standard and we have eight.
The following ladies represented their team very well today:
100m - sophomore Adalee Beller looked strong today as she set a personal record in the 100m with a time of 13.51 placing fourth in the finals just missing the qualifying standard by .17 seconds. Freshmen Alexa Cross gained some great experience as a freshmen as she clocked a 14.05.
200m - Adalee also set a personal record in the 200m finishing in third place with a time of 27.74. Adalee just missed second place which would have qualified her for the State Finals and just missed hitting the qualifying standard by .40 seconds. She had a very good day even running on a sore ankle that she hurt during one of the races. Freshmen Alexa Cross also set a personal best time with a clocking of 28.62 and will continue to get faster as we work on her sprint technique.
400m - sophomore Felicia Whitley is running strong at this point of the season as she set a personal record in the 400m with a time of 65.25 good enough for sixth place. Senior Abi Samson also set a personal best time as she clocked a 69.79 time. Abi has been great as this is her first year out for track and has filled many gaps that the team has needed including a 400m spot.
800m - junior Carissa Schurr worked very hard today for the team and in the process, set a personal best in the 800m with a first place time of 2:25.13 and qualified for the MHSAA State Finals. We ask our runners to carry a heavy load at times and Carissa did that today very well. She gives everything she has in every race she is in. Sophomore Sarah Richmond was just off her season best time as she clocked a 2:39.83 taking sixth place overall.
1600m - sophomore Hannah Loucks had a full plate today as well as she set a personal best in the 1600m with a third place time of 5:26.55. This met the MHSAA State qualifying standard so Hannah will be running in the MHSAA State Finals. Freshman Gabby Harris placed eighth in the 1600m as she clocked a 6:14.42. It’s great to see Gabby gain this experience as a freshmen and score in the Regional meet – this will help her confidence in future years.
3200m - Hannah came back after the 1600m and won the 3200m race with a personal best time of 12:13.12. Her first place finish qualified her for the MHSAA State Finals. Carissa was also in the 3200m after spending everything she had in the 800m. Carissa finished in sixth place with a time of 12:54.02. We needed to change a few events up in an attempt to gain a few points on top seed Reese so we wanted to load the 3200m. Hannah and Carissa are strong runners and we knew they would give what they could, and they did.
100m Hurdles - junior Megan Ihrig ran well and finished fourth in the 100m hurdles earning the team much needed points. Megan clocked an 18.12 on her way to fourth place. Sophomore Faythe Bergman also ran the 100m hurdles and clocked a 19.37. Both ladies are working on steps and speed between the hurdles and I really believe they will see personal records as they master the technique.
300m Hurdles - both Megan and Faythe had big personal records in the 300m hurdles today as they each reduced their season best time up until this point by 3-4 seconds. Megan clocked a 52.84 taking fifth place overall and Faythe clocked a 53.01 capturing sixth place overall.
4x100m Relay - the team of Alexa Cross, Faythe Bergman, Olivia Schmitt and Adalee Beller just missed the MHSAA State Finals qualifying time by .59 seconds as they captured third place with personal best time of 53.83.
4x200m Relay - the team of Faythe Bergman, Alexa Cross, Felicia Whitley and Adalee Beller finished in sixth place with a time of 1:56.09.
4x400m Relay - the team of Abi Samson, Grace Kaiser, Megan Ihrig and Felicia Whitley finished in fourth place with a time of 4:36.94. We asked Megan at the last minute to fill in for Carissa’s leg of the relay because Carissa was giving what she had left in the 3200m which was the race just before the 4x400m. Megan ran a great 300m hurdle time today so we knew she could make the 400m lap which she did and jumped in and supported her team!
4x800m Relay - the team of Hannah Loucks, Sarah Richmond, Gabby Harris and Carissa Schurr ran a fantastic relay today. They each ran their best split times helping the team finish third overall with an MHSAA State Finals qualifying time of 10:15.47 taking 12 seconds off of their previous best time. That’s one of the best 4x800m times we’ve had since we’ve been coaching in Frankenmuth.
Shot Put - senior Keri Frahm qualified for the MHSAA State Finals in the Shot Put with a second place throw of 37’ 5.5” just ½ inch out of first place. Keri has been one of our stars all season as she consistently places first or second in the shot put and the discus. We are looking forward to seeing what she can do at the MITCA Team State and MHSAA State Finals. Senior Megan Reinbold placed 13th with a toss of 27’ 10”.
Discus - Keri followed her normal progression and set her personal best in the Discus with a throw of 131’ 1” bettering her previous best by five feet. This was good for first place and a spot on the MHSAA State Finals team for this event also. Keri will also be considered for the end of season Midwest Meet of Champions where the top three senior athletes in each event from Michigan compete against the top three in Indiana and Ohio. Keri is currently number seven on the list. Junior Kylee Reinert finished 14th with a toss of 79’ 4”.
High Jump - tonight was not a good night for many jumpers as only four made the opening height. Sophomore Olivia Schmitt is very hard on herself when she believes she did not perform well. We tell the team that as long as they can say they did what they could for that meet, that’s all we ask. We don’t expect a personal record every meet – that is asking a lot. Olivia will get back to her capabilities, we are not worried about that at all. Senior Kelsie Kujat was asked to try the high jump in preparation for the MITCA Team State meet as we needed another jumper. Kelsie has a great vertical jump but kept clipping 4’ 6” with her heals today. Kelsie has more than a 4𠆖” jump in her and we are hoping to see that at the next few meets.
Pole Vault - wow, that’s all we can say about our three vaulters today. All three hit the 9’ 0” qualifying mark and will be competing at the MHSAA State Finals. Megan Ihrig set a personal best height of 9’ 9” to capture first place in the Pole Vault. Kelsi Kujat also cleared 9’ 9” which was good enough for third place. And senior Maia Kern set a personal best height meeting the State qualifying standard as she cleared 9’ 3” taking fourth place overall. Having three vaulters in the top four is pretty impressive.
Long Jump - sophomore Grace Kaiser had a good jumping day today as she set a personal record with a leap of 15’ 3.75”. Grace had other jumps in the 15’s which is good to have a jumper that can be consistently at that distance. Grace’s jump was good enough for sixth place overall. Kelsie was busy in the field events today as she also competed in the long jump. Kelsie was just ½ inch from her personal record but set a season best with a ninth place distance of 14𠆕”.
Coach Hayes and I really like how the team is coming together and progressing in their events. We have a few large meets ahead of us in Wednesday’s home TVC-East meet which will decide the league champions, MITCA Team State the following Saturday, Thumb Meet of Champions the next Tuesday, and the MHSAA State Finals on the following Saturday.