The Turpin girls’ varsity track and field team competed for the ECC championship in a two day meet on May 11 and 13 at the newly dedicated Andy Wolf Track at Anderson High School.
For the running events, Day One consisted primarily of qualifying heats, with the exception of a final in the 4 x 800 meter relay. The field events had both their preliminary and final rounds taking place all in this same day, leaving Turpin only a few points behind the 1st place Withrow Tigers and three other teams nipping at their heels by the end of Day One.
Day One Highlights:
· High Jump: Nicole Thomas finished 5th with a jump of 4' 10”, and Molly Finnigan took 6th at 4' 8”
· Long Jump: Nicole Thomas took 3rd place with 17' 2.25” -- a personal best jump by almost a foot. Celia Bostic had one of her best jumps of the year – 16’ 0.5” – to score in 6th place
· Pole Vault: Alexis Thacker tied her best jump -- 10' 6" – to earn 2nd place behind the current city record-holder, Lily Bunse. Anna Nolan stepped off the track after a hard run in the 800m prelim to vault 8’ and score in 7th place
· Shot Put: Lauren Steele threw her personal best -- 33' 4" – and took 2nd place, and Lindsey Dierig took 8th place in the finals with a throw of 29' 7.5”
· Discus: Mary Shetler scored by taking 5th place with a throw of 94'10
· 4 x 800m Relay: The team of Lauren Kobasuk, Anna Nolan, Isabel Shim and Sam Bush ran our fastest time this season of 9:39.89, taking 2nd behind an incredibly fast King’s team. Turpin still holds the ECC record in the 4 x 800m, however, with a time of 9:30
Friday, May 13 – Day Two of the ECC Championship meet – brought the finals in all the remaining running events. With so many schools with a shot at the championship after Day One, every race and every point was important. When the dust settled, the Lady Spartans finished in 2nd place behind Withrow, outpacing 3rd place Kings by 13 points and 4th place Loveland by more than 50.
Day Two Highlights:
· 100m Hurdles: Celia Bostic took 6th place with a time of 16.11
· 100m: Andrea Gatje ran 13.58 to score in 8th place
· 200m: Lina Mayfield took 4th place with a PR of 26.65, and Victoria Lovell scored in 8th place with a time of 28.26
· 400m: Caroline Mink’s 2nd place finish at 58.00 tied her PR and the school record. This is the 3rd fastest time run in the district so far this year. Emma Hauserman’s 1:00.59 was a PR and it earned her 5th place
· 800m: Isabel Shim’s personal best performance -- 2:24 – earned her a 3rd finish, and Anna Nolan took 5th with a time of 2:29.11
· 1600m: Sam Bush’s 1st place finish at 5:03.81 broke the ECC record and ranks her 6th in the state. Lauren Kobasuk took 3rd with a time of 5:19 -- 5 seconds faster than her best time this year
· 3200m: Sam Bush broke teammate Lauren Kobasuk’s ECC record with a time of 11:15.9 to finish in first place. Erica Langan placed 3rd at 11:42.74
The come-through performances of the night were in the sprint relays, taking many teams by surprise.
· 4x100m relay of Andrea Gatje, Molly Finnigan, Casey Kupferberg, Lina Mayfield took 2nd place, running 50.50. This is the fastest 4x100m relay in over a decade for the Spartans. The time ranks them 5th in the district and 10th in the region.
· 4x200m relay of Victoria Lovell, Andrea Gatje, Molly Finnigan, Lina Mayfield took 2nd place in a time of 1:45.9 from lane 8, surprising everyone. This is the fastest 4x200m relay in years and dropped more than 5 seconds compared to previous weeks. This time ranks them 3rd in the district and 5th in the region.
· 4x400m relay of Emma Hauserman, Lydia Bentley, Molly Finnigan and Caroline Mink dropped about 7 seconds to run a 4:01.5 earning them 2nd place. This time ranks them 2nd in the district, and 3rd in the region.