Union, Mo. - New Haven’s Track and Field team busted out of the blocks in their first medal meet on Tuesday at the Union Relays, providing a glimpse of what could be a prelude to an exciting track season.
Last year at state five freshmen girls exceeded all expectations by medaling in both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. This year with the addition of several new comers, the girl’s team has the potential of putting New Haven somewhere they have not been for over a decade.
The girl’s team would be considered “young” by most but they run like seasoned veterans after their amazing accomplishments as freshmen. As expected this year’s team is stronger on the trackside, having a year of experience, but it’s the field events that could give New Haven a boost, particularly one area the team has never been extremely strong in.
Coach John Tucker has made a few strategic adjustments that he says, “In the 4x800 Kayla Borcherding is taking Beth Schenck’s spot letting her concentrate in the high jump and triple jump, in turn adding more events where we can score points.”
Along with Borcherding, the 4x800 includes Taylor Covington, Hannah Kruse, and Hannah Pruessner. At Union they finished seventh and at Cuba took second place with a time of 10:48.
The 4x400 meter relay separates the girls from the women, in tracks most grueling event and yet the most exciting. This year Tucker has moved senior Kierstin Monzyk who had ran in the open 400 last season to join Munsinger, Covington, and Pruessner on the 4x400 team.
To help put into perspective how this year’s 4x400 team ranks among some of New Haven’s best and where they were last year at this time.
In 2002, during the Laura Brandt era, that year’s team won the 4x400 with a time of 4:14, propelling them to the schools first ever Track and Field State Championship.
Monzyk, Munsinger, Covington, and Pruessner finished third at Union with a time of 4:17, ten seconds faster than last year at Union and two seconds faster than their time in the state finals.
Friday at Cuba the 4x400 team grabbed a first place medal for the first time this year. Their overall time was a few seconds slower however they had over a second lead.
Beth Schenck is off to a good start in the high jump setting a career best of 4’8” to finish fourth at Union, clearing the same height at Cuba to grab a third place medal. All results are listed below.
On the boys side Cross Country stud Seth Schenck deiced to test out his skills on the track.
Schenck may end up being the missing peace for the boy’s team, dominating the 800 meters, taking first in Tuesday’s relays with a repeat performance on Friday in the Cuba Relays. Schenck turned around in the mile by finishing third at Union and second at Cuba.
Schenck’s biggest impact and that missing piece may end up falling onto the 4x800 relay team after taking first place at Cuba. Along with Schenck, the 4x800 team includes Zach Grater, Dominick Pataky, and Kevin Mcdowell.
Individually, Pataky ran a career best in the two mile, (10:45) coming in second place, two spots ahead of his teammate Grater, who took fourth place.