Hermann, Mo. – New Haven’s girls track team provided a glimpse at the Cuba Relays two weeks ago of what they are capable of accomplishing and was a great momentum booster as New Haven ends their regular season in today’s Conference meet at St. Clair. (We will have live updates throughout the day)
In Coach John Tucker’s 16th season as head coach only two of his teams had won taken first place at a meet. His first came in 2002 when he brought New Haven its first State Track and Field Championship.
Friday, April 12 in Cuba, the young and fiery girls team became only the third team in the past 16 years to out right win a track meet.
Tucker said, “Aside from winning a State Championship, which is pretty hard to top. This (Cuba Relays) is what I consider the first big meet we’ve won…bigger schools were there…we beat St. James and Cuba who are both much larger schools than we are. I thought that was a pretty big victory for us.”
New Haven has consistently been strong in the relays. “The relays all did exactly what they should have done at Cuba. Really the key to that victory was more the people in the field events such as the long jump (Ereka Bailey taking 3rd place), Beth Schenck taking third in the high jump, and Tenille Duessler 6th in the discus…people scoring in individual races, where in other meets the majority of schools are all Class 3 and 4.”
Taylor Covington finishes 5th at Hermann in the open 400 meter dash.
“If we are able to have kids place in field events and individual events who knows what these girls are really capable of.”
Last week New Haven was missing a few key senior athletes due to senior trip but there were several encouraging things that coach Tucker was very pleased to see.
“Really one of the biggest highlights at Hermann was sophomore Beth Schenck jumping a career high 4’10” in the high jump. At districts she will need to clear 5’ but now having that confidence of clearing 4’10” is really huge, mentally.”
Other results from Wednesday at Hermann include the 4x800 team (Kayla Borcherding, Clara Roth, Taylor Covington, and Hannah Pruessner) finishing second, the 4x400 also came in second even though they were missing senior Kierstin Monzyk.
“I was very pleased with how Kayla [Borcharding] ran in the 4x400, an event she doesn’t run in…she really did a great job…. and in the open 800 taking 6th place finishing just shy of breaking her career best.”
Today New Haven wraps up their regular season at St. Clair in the Four Rivers Conference meet before the real season begins on Saturday in the Class 1 District meet at Principia High School.
Zach Grater runs a career time of 10:55, taking 6th in the 3200 meter at the Hermann Relays.
Today’s meet will be the first time New Haven has ran when temperatures have been above 60 degrees with predicted highs to be in the mid 80’s. Considering the cold spring temperatures, today will feel more like a heat wave, posing a challenge to all athletes in trying to stay hydrated and knowing how to conserve energy.
We will have more from the boy’s side, particularly Seth Schenck in today’s open 800 and 1600-meter events, finishing in the top three in both events at every meet this year. In fact has won the 800m three times along with two-second place finishes and one third place finish.
He has been equally as dominate in the 1600 meter, where coach Tucker has high expectations for Schenck and with the times he has consistently posted throughout the year puts him as a top contender for a state championship.