The O'Neill Lady Eagles got their track and field season off to a great start by competing in the Dan Lennon Indoor Meet at the University of South Dakota and the Ainsworth Relays last week. O'Neill had many fine performances at the indoor meet and ended up at team champion of the Ainsworth Relays.
Senior Zelie Sorensen picked up where she left off last year by blazing to a fourth place finish in a very competitive 60 meter dash final at USD. Zelie broke the O'Neill school record in the event with a 8.08 time. Zelie also finished in 1st place in the pole vault nearly equaling her best vault of 9-2 with a 9-0 height.
Minlu Liu also had a nice first meet by placing sixth in the triple jump going 30-00.75.
On Friday, March 25th, O'Neill battled the windy conditions at Ainsworth to claim the team title outdistancing West Holt 86-83.
The field events proved to be the big factor in winning the meet as O'Neill won the long jump, triple jump and shot put. Placing first in the long jump was freshman, Olivia Young, with a jump of 16-0.50 which puts her 9th all time at OHS. Fellow freshman, Ashley Sidak, placed 5th with a jump of 15-01.5. Rounding out the combined team of three jumpers with Minlu Liu with a jump of 14-02.
Olivia joined Minlu and Zori Koehler to win the triple jump relay. Olivia finished in second with a leap of 31-03. Minlu jumped a new personal best jump of 30-11 to finish in fourth. Zori, in her first time competing in the triple jump, finished in fifth going 30-05.75.
The shot putters won the event led by Paige Woodson who threw a new personal best of 30-06. Maddy Hilker finished in 7th with a throw of 29-11 and Wreece Liewer rounded out the scoring in the relay with a throw of 28-07. Paige also was the best of the three girls in the discus as well with a new personal best throw of 93-08 which was good enough for 4th place. Wreece also recorded a personal best with a throw of 90–01 to finish in 6th. Maddy was the last scorer for the relay with a throw of 75-10.
Ashley Pischel led the high jumpers with a fourth place finish jumping 4-08. Quincy Young and Hope Wilson both cleared 3-10 to round out the scoring for the combined relay team of the three jumpers. In the pole vault, Zelie Sorensen finished in second with a vault of 8-06m, Brooklyn Cahoy in eighth with a vault of 7-00. Haley Schluns was the 3rd member of the team, but did not score. The team finished in a tie for 4th.
On the track, O'Neill finished first in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:55.0 which places them second of all time at OHS. Zelie, Olivia, Zori and Presley Heiss made up the championship team. They also competed in the 4 x 100 relay finishing in 2nd place with a time of 53.2.
The Distance Medley team of Yoselin Cayax Domninguez, Autumn Hilker, Annie Corkle and Ashley Dickau finished in 3rd place in the event with a time of 15:33.4.
In the hurdle relays, OHS finished in 4th in both the 3 x 60 and 3 x 195 races. Harley Cahoy, Zori Koehler and Hope Wilson made up the 3 x 60 and Taylor Cuhel, Gio Aguilera and Harley made up the 3 x 195.
The Sprint Medley team of Presley Heiss, Zelie Sorensen, Autumn Hilker and Annie Corkle finished in 5th with a time of 5:09.7.
The 3200 relay team of Ally Sedlacek, Schuylar Morrow, Naomi Sunum and Yoselin finished in 3rd with a time of 13:10.2.
“I really liked how we competed in this meet. We had many girls really step up and score some points for us that helped us win the meet. We always talk about how ‘Every Point Counts' and this was driven home in this meet as we outscored a very talented West Holt team. We look forward to having a week off of meets this week to prepare to compete next week in the Battle Creek Invite on Tuesday and head to an always competitive Broken Bow meet on Friday,”said Coach Mike Peterson.
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