The O’Neill Lady Eagles attended their first outdoor track meet of the year at the Ainsworth Relay Meet. All events were scored as relays with every athlete getting to compete. O’Neill placed 3rd as a team.

Things got off to a great start as the girls long and triple jumpers placed first. In the field events the top three distances are added up to determine placing.

In the long jump, the team of Meg Schluns, Lauren Young and Autumn Hilker won the event. Meg jumped 15-09.75, Lauren 15-09.25 and Autumn 14-02.50. In the triple jump Lauren teamed up with MinLu Liu and Haley Schluns to win the event. Lauren had a great early season jump of 34-0, MinLu got over 30 feet with a leap of 30-03 and Haley Schluns lept 29-07.75.

In the 4 x 100 Relay O’Neill was able to break two meet records. The Varsity team of Alyssa Eichelberger, Blair Gutshall, Meg Schluns and Lauren Young sped to great early season time of 51.7 to break the previous record of 53.2. The time puts them 9th all time at OHS. The JV team of Harley Cahoy, Presley Heiss, MinLu Liu and Zelie Sorensen placed 4th.

The Freshmen A team of Hope Wilson, Minlu Liu, Zori Koehler and Presley Heiss broke the meet record of 58.9 with a time of 56.8. The freshmen B team of Preslie Robertson, Haley Schluns, Brooklyn Wattier and Quincy Young finished in 5th.

The Eagles won the Sprint Medley Relay with a time of 4:47.1. That event consists of a 200, 200, 400 and 800. Team members were Alyssa Eichelberger, Zelie Sorensen, Blair Gutshall and Meg Schluns.

Finishing in 2nd was the 3 x 60 Hurdle Relay team of Blair Gutshall, Gio Aguilar and Preslie Robertson. In the 3 x 195 Hurdle Relay, OHS placed 4th. The team consisted of Hope Wilson, Gio Aguilar and Zori Koehler.

The high jump relay placed sixth with jumpers, Autumn Hilker clearing 4-4, Hailey Scofield 4-2 and Ashley Pischlel 4-0.

In the discus, senior Becky Hupp got out to a great first meet by throwing a personal best toss of 91-08. She was joined by teammates Wreece Liewer (78-08) and Maddie Jakubowski (72-06) to place 2nd.

The shot put team of Paige Woodson (30-02), Wreece Liewer (29-06.75) and Becky Hupp (27-05) placed 3rd in the event.

Junior Zelie Sorensen began her pole vault season with a personal best height of 8-06. She was joined by Ashley Pischel (7-0) to finish in 3rd.

The Distance Medley team of Ashley Dickau, Autumn Hilker, Annie Corkle and Kiersten Welke finished in 5th place with a time of 16:23.7.

The 4 x 200 suffered a handoff mishap as they were leading the event to pick up the dropped baton and still finish in 3rd with an OHS all time top 3 time of 1:57.7. Team members were Alyssa Eichelberger, Zelie Sorensen, Harley Cahoy and Presley Heiss.

“I was very excited to have our first outdoor meet of the season. I was pleased with a lot of things, especially the 4 x 100 with their great early season time of 51.7. We had a lot of young athletes compete at a track meet for the first time since 7th grade and our youth showed at times, but I was still pretty satisfied with some of their performances today. We look forward to having a week off of meets to work on a lot of the weaknesses that we saw at this meet. We look forward to coming back from the Easter Break to compete at Battle Creek on 4/6 and travel to a very competitive Broken Bow Invitational on 4/9."

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