Lions get back in the fight for MIAA Conference meet


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Junior sprinter Jasmin Hughes runs the 200-meter for a third place finish at theWilliams/Laptad Invite Saturday, April 27.

The women’s track and field team won six events while hosting the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invite at Fred G. Hughes stadium Saturday.

Freshman Kaylee Morgan placed first in the long jump, earning a provisional distance of 19-04.25 while by freshman Brittani Reagan in second with a provisional distance of 18-11.25. Taitum Mead a sophomore placed third followed by sophomore Emily Paullus in sixth.

Sophomore Melanie Bower and freshman Ashley McFarland both earned provisional heights of 11-11.75 in the pole vault placing first and second, respectively. Sydney Haase, a junior placed fourth in the event.

“They’re about as prepared as we’re going to get, we’ve been at it for a long time this year some of them are really at the peak of their performances and others it seems like it’s been a long year, we just need to get a little recovery and get back in the fight for this weekend’s meet,” Head Coach Patty Vavra said.

Whitney Hardy, a junior won the high jump with a height of 5-03.25, sophomore Shelby Sutherland followed in sixth place.

Kylie Cornman, a junior took home the title in the shot put, with a distance of 47-03.75 while earning 11th in the discus and fourth in the hammer. Reagan won the triple jump with a provisional of 38-09.50, while sophomore Mahogany Jones placed second.

The 4×100-meter relay team of Paullus, Reagan, Morgan, and Junior Jasmin Hughes placed first with a time of 49.01. Junior Maggie Tennal placed seventh in the steeplechase, while freshman Addie Mengwasser earned fourth place in the 1500-meter. Freshman Taylor Alumbaugh placed eighth in the javelin.

“I’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude, doing everything I can outside of practice really setting us up to have a good weekend,” Senior distance runner Cassy Kendrick said.

Senior Marlee Tegenkamp and sophomore Lauren Baehr placed fourth and sixth in the 5k to round out the meet, while junior Sydney Potts placed third in the 800m and Hughes placed third in the 200m.

This was the last meet for the lions before the outdoor season conference meet.

“I try not to think too much about conference, once I get there everything starts to set in. Being at the hotel and warming up. It makes you realize that you’re actually at conference and it’s time to buckle down and start thinking about it,” Tegenkamp said.

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