The O’Neill Girls Track team braved cold and wet weather conditions with wind chills in the 30’s to compete at the Broken Bow Invitational. The Lady Eagles ended up in fifth place out of 10 teams in a very competitive Class B meet.

Junior Lauren Young continued her outstanding season in the Triple Jump by setting another personal best in the event by jumping 35-3.5. This mark moves her up to second All Time at O’Neill High School in that event. In the long jump, Lauren jumped 16-0.5 which was good enough for fifth and teammate Meg Schluns jumped 15-11 to end up in sixth.

In the Pole Vault Zelie Sorenson also set a PR with a vault of 9-02 to place her in third. She also placed sixth in a very competitive 200M Dash Final with a time of 28.62.

Blair Gutshall had a good day as well. Battling illness, Blair still was able to place second in the 100HH and third in the 400 with a time of 64.07. Blair teamed up with Meg, Lauren and Alyssa Eichleberger to place second in the 4 x 100 Relay with a time of 53.23.

Freshman Ashley Dickau placed sixth in the 3200 with a time of 13:53.26. Rebecca Hupp had a good day in the Discus with a fifth place finish toss of 96-04. Freshman Ashley Pischel also had a good day in the High Jump with a 5fifth place jump of 4-06.

“I was very proud of our effort at a very cold, windy and wet track meet. We did not have one girl complain about the weather conditions and competed hard in their events. We fought some illness with a couple of girls and were not able to run our 4 x 400, but I was very happy with the results we had in the other events. Lauren jumping that well on such a bad day was very impressive. We look forward to hosting our own meet on Thursday, April 15th.”

The O’Neill Lady Eagles track team competed at the Battle Creek Invitational on Tuesday, April 6th and came away with a third place team finish.

O’Neill got off to a great start in the jumps as Meg Schluns and Lauren Young both had personal best performances. Meg jumped 17-01.5 to place her second on the All Time OHS list. Lauren jumped 16-06 to place her seventh All Time. Meg placed second and Lauren third in the event. Lauren came back and had a good jump of 33-11 in the triple jump to place second also.

On the track, O’Neill had some great performances by the sprinters. Junior Zelie Sorensen placed second in the 200 with a photo finish time of 27.02, good enough for fourth All Time at OHS. Freshman teammate Presley Heiss had a great day in the sprints as well. Presley sprinted to fifth place finishes in both the 100 and 200 with times of 13.4 in the 100 and 28.2 in the 200. Alyssa Eichelberger came out of lane eight in the 100 finals to place third with a time of 13.21.

In the 400, Senior Blair Gutshall won the event in her first time ever running it with a time of 63:07. Freshman teammate, Autumn Hilker, placed sixth with a time of 66.46. Blair came back to place second in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 15.80.

Meg Schluns continued her great day by winning the 800 with a time of 2:30. Meg joined Alyssa, Blair and Lauren to win both the 4 x100 and 4 x 400 relays. They matched their season best time of 51.7 in the 4 x100 and had their best time of the year in the 4 x 400 of 4:23.30.

The distance crew had a nice day also as Ashley Dickau finished in third in the 3200 with a time of 14:35.90 and Annie Corkle fourth in the 1600 with a time of 6:27.50.

Zelie Sorensen placed second also in the pole vault at 7-06 followed by teammate Ashley Pischel with the same height for third.

In the weight events, Wreece Liewer placed fifth in the Shot Put with a throw of 32-01.50 and Paige Woodson sixth with a toss of 30-11.

“It was nice to compete in our first normal meet invitational. We had a lot of great performances for the first time on the track in some of the events. Zelie Sorensen just competed awesome in the 200 and just got edged out at the finish. Freshman, Presley Heiss, also had a great meet in the sprints with some good early season times. The jumpers continue to grow each meet and I am eager to see just how good they can be this year. We have a great group of senior leaders that are really helping along our younger athletes and we hope to continue to get better each meet. We look forward to competing in a very competitive Broken Bow Invite against some of the best teams in Class B on Friday, April 9th.”

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