On their senior night, the Trinity Lutheran boys and girls track and field team wouldn’t accept anything but first place on their home turf.
The Cougars girls finished victoriously with 88 points while Crothersville and West Washington scored 63 and 3 respectively.
On the boys side, the Cougars had a strong outing scoring 77 points to West Washington’s 48 and Crothersville’s 13.
While the Cougars girls nabbed the 1,600- and 400-meter relays, the team of Isabel Kannegiesser, Chasta Lamb, Tristan Maschino and Breanna Barger claimed a victory for the Tigers in the 3,200 relay clocking 12.21.38.
The Cougars’ Miranda Murphy earned a blue ribbon in both the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 19.18 and 54.12.
Angie Bergstedt swept the 100 and 200 dashes clocking 13.33 and 27.32 for the Cougars.
In the 800, Maschino garnered first for the Tigers in 2:55 while Barger finished on top in the 400 timing 1:07.
The 1,600 witnessed the Cougars’ Savanna Setty earn first with her time of 6:58.
For the 3,200, the Cougars’ Molly Crenshaw crossed the line first with a time of 16:42.
In the field the Tigers’ Abby Jewell launched the farthest with a throw of 25-8.
The discus went to the Cougars’ Rachel Onken, who distanced 87-7½.
More Tigers first-place points came from Lamb’s high jump of 4-6 and Katrina Christian’s long jump of 13-9.
“We had a couple of PRs, but we struggled with the surface of the track a little bit with our sprints,” Tigers coach Cheryl Nehrt said. “Hopefully next week during conference we will get back to where we need to be and prepare for sectional.”
In the two team’s first meeting, the Tigers girls topped the Cougars by a point and a half.
“I thought we did fairly well,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “With the heat and all I think we saw some slower times because we’re not used to it yet. We were kind of prepared for Crothersville this time. We struggled a little bit for us being our first meet.”
On Tuesday, the Tigers girls will head to Borden for the track portion of the Southern Athletic Conference meet. On Thursday, the girls will take the field.
Heading into conference, the Tigers have a number of No. 1 seeds despite changing some of the lineup.
“We’re looking to maximize our points,” Nehrt said. “We’ve dissolved some relays and spread it out in hopes of getting more points. In relays it takes four people to get 10 points, so we put them in individual events in the hopes of scoring more.”
The Cougars boys finished first place in 10 events on the afternoon, although some events were uncontested due to a lack of numbers by the Tigers and West Washington.
In the shot put, Cougars senior Tommy Davis set a school record with a throw of 41-1. The previous record was 39-8.
“It was a nice increase for (Davis),” Crenshaw said. “He’s shown a lot of improvement in the past few meets. It’s the third time he’s beat his personal record this season.”
Avery Schwipps placed first in the 100 for the Cougars in 12.20 while the Tigers’ Noah Hoskins claimed second at 12.25.
The Cougars’ Nikolai Haak edged teammate Luke Onken in the 1,600 by a tenth of a second by clocking 5:07.3.
A blue ribbon was awarded to the Cougars’ Seth Patterson in the 200 with his time of 25.4 and in the long jump for his leap of 16-9.
In the 800, Max Moser beat out the competition with his time of 2:37 for a Cougars blue ribbon.
All three relays went to the Cougars.
With the postseason closing in, the Cougars aim to peak at the right time.
“We’re looking for some steady improvement, as we have all season,” Crenshaw said.
“The girls are on a nice streak, I think we’ve won four in a row now. Next week we have meets Tuesday and Friday and sectionals from there. If everyone does what they can do we will have a good night at sectional where all things should come together.”