New Haven’s track program is looking for big things in 2017.
The Lady Shamrocks placed third in the Class 1 state meet last year with 59 points. New Haven trailed only Mound City (72.5) and New Covenant Academy (68) in the state event.
On the boys side, New Haven scored 16 points to tie for 16th place with Green City and Drexel.
“Our goal this season is to qualify as many to the state meet as possible and for our girls team to again be in the top four at state,” New Haven Head Coach John Tucker said. “Besides that, our central philosophy is for athletes to improve throughout the season and consistently compete at the level they are capable of.”
New Haven has 54 athletes out for this year’s team, split evenly with 27 boys and 27 girls.
“We are returning all athletes (who didn’t graduate) from last season with 10 freshman girls and eight freshmen boys,” Tucker said.
New Haven’s list of returners includes several state champions.
Lauren Gerlemann was the state champion in the triple jump at 34-9.75. New Haven owned the event with Emma Engelbrecht taking second at 34-9.5. Ereka Bailey, who graduated, was fourth.
Kate Ruediger won the javelin with a throw of 126-10.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Mackenzie Bauer, Ruediger, Engelbrecht and Gerlemann won in 4:11.57.
Gerlemann placed second in the long jump and third in the 400-meter dash.
New Haven also took third in the 800-meter relay. Engelbrecht was fifth in the 200-meter dash. Julia McIntyre medaled for finishing seventh in the 3,200-meter run.
Alex Majors, who graduated, scored most of the points on the boys side. New Haven finished second in the 3,200-meter relay and third in the 1,600-meter relay.
Tucker is being helped by Mike Hagedorn (jumps) and Josh Hoener (throws).
Aaron Peirick and Jacob Witthaus are in charge of the middle school program.