New Haven's Hannah Pruessner, who runs the first leg in the 4x400 for New Haven hands it off to Taylor Covington.
St. Clair, Mo. – “That’s what I’m talking about, that is what we needed to do…excellent everybody” are the first words Coach John Tucker said to his girl’s 4x400m relay team, Hannah Pruessner, Kierstin Monzyk, Taylor Covington, and Molly Munsinger, after setting a new Four Rivers Conference record with a time of 4:12.93. Just as impressive, all four’s splits were 63 seconds.
Helping to put in perspective of Monday’s record time, based on last year’s times at state, they would have won in Class 1, took second in Class 2, and qualified for state in Class 3.
The last time New Haven’s 4x400 team won conference was in 2002; the same year they took first at state and won the schools first ever team State Championship.
Pictured New Haven's 4x400 relay team after setting a new all-time Four Rivers Conference record with a time of 4:12.93. Pictured in front: Molly Munsinger, midddle left to right, Hannah Pruessner and Kierstin Monzyk, and in back Taylor Covington.
The 4x400 record breaking time was icing on the cake to New Haven’s overall performance on both the JV and varsity teams, arguably one of the best in coach Tucker’s 16 years of coaching.
In year’s past New Haven’s had plenty of great conference meets, the difference this year was New Haven’s overall performance “across the board”.
“We took a huge step forward today across the board; times have been good all over, both sides the junior varsity and varsity,” Coach Tucker told QuickNewsNow immediately following the final race.
New Haven’s 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 may have not placed in the top three, however Tucker said, “They ran great times and are where we need to be as we head into districts on Saturday.”
We have mentioned numerous times one area New Haven has not been strong in are field events, however this might the Shamrocks missing piece they need to get over the hurdle, then who knows what the girl’s team is capable.
After Monday, New Haven may have increased their strength in field events, specifically the long jump with the freshman
Ereka Bailey winning the long jump as well as the triple jump on the JV side. Bailey jumped a career best, 14’ 1.00 and a career best in the triple jump of 31’ 1.50.
Pictured right is Ereka Bailey.
Comparing Bailey’s numbers to other Class 1 schools in New Haven’s District, she will defiantly be able to compete, and hopefully give the Shamrocks a few unexpected team points.
While it was an exciting day for New Haven, their focus now shifts towards Saturday’s District meet. Like another postseason only one thing matters, survive and move on. The 4x400 relay’s record time, while a great accomplishment, means nothing come Saturday.
Staying focused and having the will to win is what separates winning a district championship or being the team who watches someone win a district title.
QuickNewsNow will be at Districts, doing our best to post regular updates throughout the day.
The headline for the boy’s team, “Seth Schenck has “Prefontaine” like performance; the word Tucker used to sum up Schenck’s conference titles in both the 800m and 1600m races, simply put, Schenck is a beast.
Throughout the season Schenck has finished in the top three in every meet, winning the 800m four times and 1600m three times, but Monday Schenck lived up to Tucker’s comparison of how Seth races similar to that of Steve Prefontaine.
Both of Schenck’s races are two very “aggressive events”; after cruising through the first three laps (1600m) and with 200 meters left, Schenck and Union’s Jordan Nowak pulled away from the pack before Schenck decide it was time to lay down the throttle as Nowak watched Schenck cross the line, posting a career best of 4:45.
You can watch both of Schencks’s races below.
Junior Varsity Girls Team Finishes Third At Conference
When coach Tucker said, “We took a huge step forward today across the board,” he was serious as New Haven’s JV girls had a standout performance, place in the top three in eight different events.
We already mentioned Bailey’s two conference championships in the long jump and triple jump. New Haven’s 4x800 relay team, Emma Borcherding, Clare Roth, Maddie Fleer, Mackenzy Vedder, joined Bailey by taking first place.
Roth added a second medal to her collection after winning the 3200m run.
The 4x400, Borcherding, Fleer, Vedder and Stephanie Russo added to New Haven’s medal count by grabbing a third place finish.
Vedder added two-second place finishes in both the 1600m and 800m with teammate Maddie Fleer coming in third. Fleer picked up her fourth medal (medaling in all four of her events) taking third in the open 400m.
Maddie Yarbrough toped things off with a third place finish in the high jump, adding to New Haven medaling in eight events.
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