If the Class 1 Section 1 track meet is any indication, the New Haven girls will have a good chance at repeating next week as Class 1 state champion.
“Overall, we had a very strong meet and competed well,” New Haven Head Coach John Tucker said. “I thought all our athletes rose to the occasion, did their best to help the teams and didn’t let the warm temperatures affect them. We had some personal bests today but even when we didn’t, I felt the athletes gave everything they had.”
Winning six events, New Haven eased to the team victory in the girls standings at Oakville High School with 129 points.
Paris was second with 67 points. A total of 27 teams scored in the meet with Knox County finishing third at 56, Harrisburg taking fourth at 50, Brashear scoring 49 and Valle Catholic sixth at 38 points.
The Lady Shamrocks have 13 entries moving forward to the state meet next week.
On the boys side, New Haven tied Northeast (Cairo) for ninth with 22 points. Van-Far won the title with 176 points with Valle Catholic next at 114. Knox County (75), Harrisburg (40.5), Virburnum (38), Paris (37), Sturgeon (31) and Clopton (26) also finished in front of New Haven.
Higbee was just behind the Shamrocks at 21 points.
New Haven has three boys’ entries in the state meet.
Athletes advancing to the Class 1-2 State Championships Friday and Saturday at Jefferson City High School are listed below.
• Emma Engelbrecht and Lauren Gerlemann grabbed the top two spots in the long jump. Engelbrecht went 16-7 while Gerlemann landed at 16-3.5.
• Engelbrecht and Gerlemann also finished first and second in the triple jump. Engelbrecht won at 36-4.75 and Gerlemann was second at 33-9.5.
• Kate Ruediger won the javelin with a throw of 119-4.
• New Haven’s 3,200-meter relay team of McKenzie Overschmidt, Emma McIntyre, Hannah Rethemeyer and Madison Langenberg won in 10:48.06.
• The 400-meter relay team of Makenzie Munsinger, Overschmidt, Grace Faris and Mackenzie Bauer won in 53.55.
• The 1,600-meter relay team of Ruediger, Bauer, Munsinger and Engelbrecht won with a time of 4:22.26.
• Gerlemann was second in the discus with a throw of 113-4.
• McIntyre was second in the 3,200-meter run in 13:29.93.
• Gerlemann grabbed third in the shot put with a throw of 35-11.
• Alaina Scott placed third in the pole vault, clearing 7-6.
• Langenberg was third in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:32.35.
• New Haven’s 3,200-meter relay team of Joseph Rethemeyer, Tim Madden, Dominic Lewis and Martin Lewis won with a time of 8:37.92.
• Rethemeyer placed third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:00.32 and third in the 3,200-meter run in 10:33.13.
“The boys 3,200 relay had a very good race as did Joseph in the 3,200,” Tucker said. “The 1600 wasn’t Joseph’s best but good enough to qualify. The heat and humidity takes a greater toll on distance athletes simply because they are out in it longer than sprinters. It won’t be a problem next week because he has the 3,200 relay and 3,200 on Friday and the 1,600 on Saturday.”
• Scott was fifth in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.57.
• Ruediger ran fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:05.89.
• Caroline Otten placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 14:02.13.
• The girls 800-meter relay team of Munsinger, Bauer, Farris and Engelbrecht was eliminated on a false start.
“Our only shock was a false start in the 800 relay. Makenzie Munsinger is my most consistent starter and rarely has a miscue,” Tucker said. “When she came to set she looked unbalanced, her hips were too high and she fell forward a second before the gun went off. This was a tough blow for our girls. The 800 relay is one of our premier events and we expect points from them at state. I was very impressed with how they dealt with the situation. There was certainly coaching involved but after a brief period of disbelief and grief they refocused and were able to rebound and PR in the 400-meter relay. This restored the positive mood of the team. The girls team has shown a resilience to adversity all season and if we are going to repeat at state we will need to continue this.”