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Union girls take fourth at Jesup meet

April 8, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

The 2019 track season got off to a strong start for the Union girls track team as they placed fourth at the Jesup Girls Track Meet on Tuesday, April 2 behind a balanced mix of scoring.

"These kids put a lot of goals into this meet and I was hoping they could achieve their goals for tonight," coach Justin Parson said. "They are honestly tired of looking at each other in practice, so it was good to get out and against new competition. We knew Jesup was going to be good at their home meet. They have some younger kids who are great distance runners. Vinton is always solid. Independence is great competition, Denver and Dike are all good teams. We're only as good as everyone else giving their best."

In the sprint events, the Knights competed with underclassmen talent as Gracie Rathe took sixth place in the 100m dash with a time of 14.68, followed by Belle Olson in 10th place with a time of 15.47. Allie Driscol placed third in the 200m dash with a time of 29.11, followed by Bailey Foulk in 10th place with a time of 33.03. Ellie Rathe and Alyssa Hatch rounded out sprints with the 400m dash, taking seventh and 13th places respectively with a time of 1:11 and 1:17 respectively.

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Grace Asmussen anchored Union’s shuttle run team, which placed second with a time of 1:16. Asmussen also finished second in the long jump for the Knights.

The Knights continued to place faith in their freshman class as Laura Rempe took sixth in the 800m run with a time of 2:46, followed by Ellie Rathe in 10th with a time of 2:56. Elle Hookham placed ninth in the 1500 run with a time of 6:13. Ellie Rathe took the highest individual placing of a track event for Union in the 3000m run, finishing second with a time of 12:15 and Emma Shirk came in fourth with a time of 13:12 to give Union two top four finishers in an event.

Hurdles showed promise for the team as Grace Walker took sixth place in the 100m hurdles with a time of 20.08, followed by Carlie McNeal taking 11th place with a time of 22.64. Sadie Hennings scored for the Knights with a sixth place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:32. The 400m shuttle hurdle team of Carlie Hoppe, Aubrey Schmidt, Grace Keegan and Grace Asmussen placed second with a time of 1:16.

Field events saw Carlie Hoppe and and Carlie Spore compete in the discus events, placing 11th and 13th respectively. Spore would then turn around and take first in the shot put with a throw of 37.25. The long jump was also a success for the Knights as Grace Asmussen took second with a jump of 14'-9" and Walker sixth with a jump of 13'-11".

The relays saw Union score in all events with a mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen runners. The 4x100 team of Grace Rathe, Jasmyn Bush, Driscol and Asmussen took third place with a time of 54.26, followed by the 4x200 team of Rathe, Bush, Driscol and Emma Carlson in third place with a time of 1:56, the 4x400 of Rempe, Carlson, Hookham and Ellie Rathe in fifth place with a time of 4:48, and fourth for the 4x800 team of Rempe, Carlson, Hookham and Emily Miehe. Rounding out the relays were the sprint medley team of Grace Rathe, Bush, Driscol and Carlson placing third with a time of 2:03, and the distance medley team of Asmussen, Schmidt, Emma Alpers and Jadyn Wiest finishing fifth with a time of 5:10.

"Our 4x200m ran a good race tonight," Parson said. "The sprint med can be decent with a little work. The shuttle came out with a good run, Ellie Rathe ran a great 3000 race. Grace Asmussen almost jumped 15 feet at her first meet of the season. We had far more good things than bad happen tonight."

While Parson saw some positives from the first meet of the season, adjustments will be made for the next meet, including in the sprints.

"We'll look at our sprint lineups and see where we're at," Parson said. "Times will change whether it's personnel changes or kids battling for varsity spots. This is everyone's chance to come out and earn these positions by doing the right things. Handoffs weren't bad, but need to clean up. I feel I learned where we are strong now."

The Knights next competed at the Hudson Invitational on Tuesday, April 9 before heading to East Marshall for a meet on Thursday, April 11.

 
 

 

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