By: Kate Staab
On Tuesday April 5th the Lincoln Lutheran Warriors dominated the Johnson County Central Invitational Track Meet. Winning the meet with a team total of 125 points the girls coasted home with their first place trophy and a bag full of medals. The victory was a complete team effort, nearly every individual scored.
The team was nervous heading into the meet as one of their influential seniors, Julia Pomerenke, was out due to a previous injury. Pomerenke partakes in both hurdle races and the teams 1600m relay but the team worked to compensate for their missing counterpart.
Successful field events granted the girls team a head start in the day long competition. Freshman Josie Puelz won pole vault with a personal record (PR) of 9 feet, within reach of the current school record. Senior Avery Blahauvietz raked in 6 pts with a 5th place in discus and 4th place in shotput. Sophomore Kayla Ernstmeyer was right behind with a 5th place finish in shot put. Mack Koepke jumped 5’ 1” in high jump to gain 10 pts with a first place finish. However, field events were just the beginning for the Warriors as their points always increase when the races start.
The 3200m relay opened the running events, securing a second place finish. Kate Staab and Josie Puelz breezed through 100m hurdle prelims to advance into finals. Along with Kacey Kohlhof, Hope Leimbach and Kayla Ernstmeyer in the girls 100m dash. Kohlhof went on to win the 100m and 200m dash contributing 20 individual points to her team’s standings. Senior Paige Steinbauer ran 8 long laps and came in 5th adding two points to the team total. Kate Staab and Josie Puelz had a collective 28 points within the two hurdle races. Rachel Ziems and Hayley Steinbauer stole 3rd and 5th in the 1600m run. Meanwhile, sophomore Rebecca Ziems matched her younger sister’s third place mile finish with a third place finish in the 800.The 400m relay team finished victorious with a time of 52.25. The 1600m relay ended the day with a second place finish.
The Lady Warriors ended their Tuesday with a victory lap, trophy in hand, after carrying out the tradition of each member kissing the trophy. The ladies look forward to their upcoming meet at Yutan on April 12 and all upcoming events this season. Yet, looking further down the road, the ladies are hopeful to return to the State meet and top their previous years Runner-up title.