Washington’s Megan Bauche and Timberland’s Nick Snawder were the big winners Saturday at the Washington Pentathlon, held at Rauch Field in Scanlan Stadium.
“For most of the kids competing this is their favorite meet of the year,” Washington Head Coach Mike Olszowka said. “I would like to thank the Washington coaches as well as the coaches of all the competitors for giving up another one of their weekends for such a limited amount of kids.”
A total of 18 girls and 17 boys competed in the five-event meet.
“This meet is so different than any other meet,” Olszowka said. “Because of the limited amount of entries and only one event taking place at a time and watching the same kids participate in all the events it really opens up a lot of relationships. The kids and coaches from previous years see each other at other meets and they talk about the pentathlon. The kids warm up together. The kids and the coaches they help each other with steps, marks, advice, and encouragement. It is a day that is more than just competition, it is an event based on respect and passion.”
The event was the first big meet held at Washington since the facilities were improved last summer. Washington did not host any track meets last year, instead holding the pentathlon across town at Borgia.
“The meet always is a success,” Olszowka said. “It was a good meet when we hosted it at Washington two years ago. It was a better meet when we hosted it at Borgia the first and third years of the competition. It was an awesome meet this year when we were able to host it at our new facility. The facility is one of the best high school track facilities I have ever seen. Pair that with spending the day with great athletes and great coaches made it an unforgettable day.”
St. Clair Head Coach Ben Garmer praised his two athletes (Emily Presley and Terrance Stahlman).
“We were all very proud of our athletes and how they represented their school, their families, and themselves,” Garmer said. “Both Emily and Terrance went out and had fun and they were respectful to the coaches, athletes, and officials. It was a great day.”
Bauche won the girls title with 2,476 points, 69 ahead of Morgan Griffiths of St. Charles West.
“Megan is Washington’s first ever WHS Pentathlon Champion,” said Olszowka. “Like every athlete in the competition, they all have events that are strengths. It is the events that are not your strength that determine your success in multi-event competitions. Megan won the 100-meter high hurdles, which is her strong event, but she also placed second in the shot put, third in the long jump and fifth in the 800-meter run.”
Griffiths was next at 2,407 while Sullivan’s Natalie Schriever took third at 2,294.
Presley ended fourth at 2,244 points.
“Emily was fourth overall taking home a medal in both the 800-meter run and shot put. Emily won the shot put with a throw of 29-2 and she did an outstanding job in all events, especially when you consider none of the events were what she does at a normal meet.”
Fifth place went to Washington’s MC Landolt with 2,086 points.
“MC had a strong day for her first pentathlon,” Olszowka said. “She ran great in her first ever hurdle race, and she was second in the long jump setting a new PR. Thanks to Coach (Jim) Ogle hurdling is always one of Washington’s strengths. Jenna (Haas), Molly (Landolt) and Sarah (Brock) also had great hurdle races.”
Brock ended four points behind MC Landolt, taking sixth at 2,082.
Pacific’s Ashley Brinker was seventh at 2,058 points.
Rounding out the top 10 were Haas (1,791), Sullivan’s Madison Bartle (1,742) and St. Charles West’s Kayla Combs (1,733).
The rest of the participants were Pacific’s Sarah Turner, Sullivan’s Alissa McCormick, Pacific’s Karissa Archambault, Washington’s Molly Landolt, Sullivan’s Megan Pondrom, Sullivan’s Jade Ghrist, Pacific’s Josephine Raab and Pacific’s Solana Clark.
“As a whole, I was happy with the way the girls competed,” Pacific Coach Justin Perriguey said. “Most of the girls went into the meet with one or two events that we thought would be their strength. The other events they only got to practice a few times prior to the meet due to poor weather. It was awesome to see the girls step up in other areas.”
There were surprises.
“Sarah Turner, who has never been a high jumper, won that event by clearing 4-8,” Perriguey said. “The most surprising part of the high jump was Sarah scissor jumping all of her heights. Her Fosbury flop form was just OK at practice and she asked if she could just scissor jump. I thought this would be only a one-time thing and as long as she was clearing some heights she would score points. I knew she had a pretty good vertical jump but I didn’t know it would be that good. Sarah also ran a decent 800-meter run in a time of 2:40 to place third in that event.”
Brinker was Pacific’s top finisher.
“Ashley Brinker had a personal best in the long jump of 14-99 to medal in the top five,” Perriguey said. “She also ran a strong 800-meter in a time of 2:37 to finish second in that event.”
Overall, Perriguey was pleased.
“Karissa Archambault showed that she is a well-rounded athlete,” Perriguey said. “For the last three years, I have known that if I needed Karissa to learn a new event, she would be able to do it and see some success. Josephine Raab showed some natural proficiency in the high jump after learning to do the Fosbury flop only the day before. It was good to see Solana Clark finally able to compete again after dealing with an injury earlier this season. She will continue to improve as the season progresses.”
No meet records fell on the girls side.
In the boys meet, Snawder won the competition with a final score of 2,754.
Stahlman placed second at 2,661 points.
“Terrance won a medal in three events: hurdles, high jump, and long jump,” Garmer said. “Terrance won the long jump with a jump of 21-5 and he did an outstanding job. This was Terrance’s first pentathlon and he was within striking distance of first.”
Washington’s Caleb Curran was third at 2,504 points.
“Caleb brought home our only boys individual trophy,” Olszowka said. “Caleb’s strength is all-around athletic ability. He was above average in all five events, placing top five in three of the events.”
Timberland’s Clayton Daniels was fourth at 2,402 and Sullivan’s Chris Erxleben took fifth at 2,372.
Sullivan’s Zach Robertson (2,314), Pacific’s Ryan Lause (2,297), Washington’s Dane Brautigam (2,266), Washington’s Brendan Reed (2,210) and Washington’s Izeck Elbert (2,176) rounded out the top 10.
Pacific Coach Jim Rutherford reported Lause is the defending Four Rivers Conference high jump champion and he won that event Saturday.
Other competitors, by place, were Sullivan’s Randy Swaller and Caden Weigl, Washington’s Austin Beers, Pacific’s Bailey Davis, Sullivan’s Zach Holtz and Pacific’s Spencer Torwegge and John Witelock.
“We also had strong performances from Izeck Elbert in the high with a new PR,” Olszowka said. “Sophomore Dane Brautigam was third in the 1,500-meter run. Freshman Brendan Reed was second in the long jump.
Two meet records were broken on the boys side. Stahlman’s long jump of 6.54 meters (21-5.25) shattered the old mark set in 2011 by Mike McHugh of Kirkwood (6.03 meters). Erxleben ran a 4:25 time in the 1,500-meter run to break the old mark of 4:34.9 set last year by Pacific’s Joon Kim.