Middle school track ends successful season

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 05/31/00.

The four middle school track teams had another very successful season thanks to the hard work and team spirit of its 35 members.

The team competed in eight invitational meets usually comprising of six to eight teams. Two of the meets were before our home fans.

The eighth grade girls were the most successful posting an undefeated record of 40-0. This was followed closely by the seventh grade girls with a 34-5 mark and the eighth grade boys who finished strongly with a 24-9 record. The seventh grade boys worked hard to earn a 22-16 mark.

The season also was highlighted with many outstanding individual perform-ances, some of which broke school records. Seventh grader Ranea Eastling had a hand in three of those records with new marks in the 100-meter dash (12.74), the long jump (15'7") and a leg on the 400-meter relay (56.80). Eastling was joined on that relay by Samantha Moser, Kendra Johnson, and Brittany Lieser. Lieser was also busy in the pole vault where she cleared 6' 6."

In the eighth grade, three records were also broken. Jessica Virant went 32'2.5" in the triple jump and Heather Christensen set a new 100-meter mark of 13.24 seconds.

Finally, the eighth grade boys didn't want to be left out of the record setting. The 400-meter relay team of Troy and Lee Fuchs, Pat Utsch, and Zach Groshens raced to a new record time of 51.42 seconds.

Coaches Dave Mutschelknaus and Alycia Long were very proud of all of its tracksters and their camaraderie and sportsmanship.

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