The O’Neill Lady Eagles traveled to Columbus for the B-4 District Track Meet on Thursday, May 9. The Lady Eagles had several state qualifiers and finished in sixth place.
The O’Neill jumping crew got the day going on a great start with Meg Schluns and Lauren Young placing 1-2 in the long jump and qualifying for the state meet. Schluns won the event with her personal best jump ever of 16-10.75 and Young also had a personal best jump of 16-04.75. Young then went to the triple jump where in her first attempt had another personal best leap of 34-11.75 to automatically qualify and went on to win the event. Teammate Journi Moran also had a personal record in the event going 32-10.75 to finish in eighth.
Another talented freshman Zelie Sorenson just missed out qualifying in the pole vault finishing in fourth place with a vault of 8-0.
Blair Gutshall had a great day qualifying for state in both the 100 high hurdles and the 200 meter dash. Gutshall's fifth place time of 15.90 in the hurdles was good enough to earn her a wildcard spot. She earned a trip to state also in the 200 by finishing in second place with a new personal best time of 26.96.
Gutshall teamed up with Schluns, Claire Morrow and Alyssa Eichelberger in the 1600 relay to finish in a new personal best time of 4:14.78 to finish in third, which also qualified for state as a wildcard as one of the next four fastest times across the state. The time also moved them to number two all time for the event at OHS.
Other placers for O’Neill were Schluns who placed sixth in the 800 and was part of the 4 x 100 with Eichelberger, Gutshall and Young who finished in third with a time of 52.77. Brianna Bauer capped off a fine senior season in the discus with a sixth place finish with a toss of 115.
“The girls performed about as good as we could at this very tough district meet. Our 4 x 400 relay ran an amazing race and bettered their personal best time by over three seconds. Eichelberger was injured at the Norfolk Catholic meet last week and we were not sure if she could even run and she ran an outstanding anchor leg to help us qualify for state. Our district always in tough and we stepped up and competed well. We look forward to competing at the state meet next week in Omaha,” said Coach Mike Peterson.