Girls Track earn runner up finish on second day of Conference meet

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Jami Mans ’22 pushes herself to a personal best time in the 300 meter hurdles. Another event Mans competed in was the 3rd-placing 4 x 400m relay. Photo by: J. Johnson

Girls Track received 2nd overall after the Southern Nebraska Conference meet came to an end in Milford on Monday, April 29. Most of the field events were held the previous Saturday, but insufficient weather pushed the rest of the competition to a second day.

The running events were the most affected by the change. The delay proved to be helpful for some of the competitors. Mallonee Biehl ’21, who set a personal fastest time for the 800 meter dash, believes she personally benefited from the postponement.

“I felt very grateful that the coaches decided to move [the meet],” Biehl said. “I don’t think I would’ve performed my best on Saturday with the cold weather.”

Also competing on Monday and placing were Mikasa Lierman ’19 (800m – 2nd), Josie Blatny ’20 (1600m – 3rd, 3200m – 1st), Sara Huss ’20 (200m – 2nd, 400m – 1st), Jaelle Johnson ’20 (100m Hurdles – 5th), Mikwena Lierman ’21 (200m – 3rd, 400m – 5th), Mariel Ramos ’22 (3200m – 5th), the 4 x 400 relay (3rd) and the 4 x 800 relay (3rd). These finishes along with the first day’s results were good enough to earn 89 points, 5 away from the top finisher.

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Mikwena Lierman ’21 and Cora DeBoer ’20 match each other’s pace around the bend. On the first day of the Conference meet that consisted of most of the field events, Lierman placed 6th in high jump. Photo by: J. Johnson

“Getting second at Conference is a big accomplishment since there are a lot of good schools that competed,” Biehl said. “My favorite moment was probably just cheering on all the runners. I love cheering people on and seeing their reaction after they place or get a PR!”

The track team will compete again in Raymond Central on Thursday, May 2. This is the last meet until Districts one week later.