Sullivan claimed all-state medals in two Class 3 girls events during the MSHSAA track and field championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
The top eight finishers in each event were awarded state medals.
Sullivan junior Natalie Schriever finished seventh in the 300-meter low hurdles in 46.88. Her preliminary time was 46.6.
The Lady Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay team of Megan Brandt, Victoria Dace, Dana Schatz and Schriever placed eighth in 9:53.55.
Schriever also medaled at last year’s state meet, finishing sixth in the 300-meter low hurdles.
“Compared to the prelims, today (finals) was a lot better. The prelims were nerve-racking. I was so nervous. I just tried to squeak my way into the finals. I was thinking in my head that I had to make it to finals,” Schriever said. “I was a lot cleaner over the top of the hurdles in the finals. I don’t think I stumbled over that last hurdle quite as badly. I felt good during the race. I was a lot more energetic. I think the breeze had a lot to do with it. It was a lot cooler.”
Sullivan Coach Pat Burke said Schriever came on strong toward the end of the season.
“After the season Natalie had, I’m very proud of her. She battled through injury early in the year, which threw off her training,” Burke said. “She started to come into her form around the conference championships. To place at state against that competition is a great achievement.”
In the 3,200-meter relay, each participant ran 800 meters, two laps, in the race.
Brandt took the opening leg for Sullivan.
“It went well. I felt really crowded and packed,” Brandt said. “I was really nervous before we started running. I thought I had a great finish.”
Dace ran the second leg.
“It was a rough start. My legs were tiring,” Dace said. “I knew I had to wing it out in the end. I felt good.”
Schriever ran the third leg.
“I thought it went pretty well. I was nervous at the start,” Schriever said. “Thanks to my coach standing in the corner, he told me to slow down on the first lap. When it came to the second lap, he told me when to pass. So that’s what helped me speed up toward the end.”
Schatz ran the anchor leg.
“I didn’t know what place I was in, so I just kind of picked a target and followed her,” Schatz said. “Judging by the way my legs felt after the race, I felt I ran pretty well.”
Burke said the relay team had big accomplishments this season.
“Our 3,200-meter relay team ran well during the last half of the season. They broke our school record that has been around since 1979 and we set our sights on a state medal,” Burke said. “The girls really stepped up at state. Megan, our lead runner, did a great job of running a very smart leg. She put us into the position that we needed. The middle two legs, Victoria and Natalie, were able to maintain their positions. It was a battle the whole way for both of them. Dana ran the split of her career to hold off a number of other schools. It was a great race and a great finish for a group of girls who worked extremely hard.”
Owensville’s Emily Ellis, Hailey Diestelkamp, Kayla Charboneau and Hannah Baehr also earned all-state honors in the 3,200-meter relay, finishing sixth in 9:50.55.