Several members of the Trinity Lutheran track and field teams turned in excellent performances Wednesday, but the Cougars couldn’t come up with enough points to win the three-way meet on their home track.
The Jac-Cen-Del girls had 66 points, Southwestern (Hanover) 46 and Trinity 27, while Southwestern edged the Trinity boys 55-52 for first place, and Jac-Cen-Del had 46 points.
Hailley Peters led the Trinity girls by winning the high jump at 5-2 and the 100-meter dash in 14.11, and she was third in the long jump at 13-7.
Lexi Keller picked up the Cougars’ other blue ribbon by winning the 100-meter hurdles in 19.4. She also finished third in the 100 at 14.6.
Savanna Setty placed third in the 200-meter dash at 31.42 and the 3,200-meter run in 15.35.
“Hailley Peters came through in the high jump again. She almost got 5-4. She got 5-2 again,” Cougars coach Caleb Tormoehlen said. “Savanna Setty looked good in the 200. She was pretty fast. Emma Goecker did well in the 400 (second in 1:12.4).
“The running was a little rough tonight,” he said. “Our track is not in great condition to really run on. We’ll turn it around Saturday (at Borden). The kids will do a lot better.”
Matt McKay topped the Trinity boys by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 16.03, the 100 in 11.78 and the long jump at 18-8½, and he ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team.
“Matt is Mr. Everything again,” Tormoehlen said. “He does really well in the high hurdles. We’ve got to work on his form where he isn’t hitting too many. In the 100, he’s still quick. He looked good in his 400 in the 4-by-4, and for not doing the long jump for four years, he came out and almost broke the school record. He was just a few inches shy. He’s doing really well.”
A.J. Goecker also performed well, wining the 1,600 in 4:48.8 and the 3,200 in 10:36.13, and he placed fourth in the long jump and ran on the 1,600 relay team.
Sam Marksberry won the 400-meter dash in 55.9. He placed a close second in the 200 at 25.29, was second in the long jump at 17-11½ and ran on the relay team.
Jacob Rowe was the other member of the relay team, which ran 3:55.
“A.J. PR’d (personal record) in the mile again,” Tormoehlen said. “He shaved a couple seconds off. His 2-mile time was a little slower than last week, but given the fact that he can still do about the same time on this track is pretty astounding, running on concrete.
“Marksberry looked pretty strong,” he said. “We actually had our whole (boys) team tonight, which is nice. For a couple of those boys, this was their first meet of the year, and they got those jitters out. Nathan Thomack did well in the mile for running it for the first time (third in 5:49.37). There’s a few things we need to work on yet, but it was our second meet of the season, and it will come together toward the end.”
The Sam Sumner Invitational on Saturday at Borden will start at 11 a.m.