From Coach Katina Tekulve
The Greensburg Girls Track and Field Team traveled to Saint Leon Friday night to compete in the East Central Invitational. The Lady Pirates placed 6th overall in the highly competitive 10 team meet with outstanding performances and multiple personal records.
One of the biggest moments of the night came from the 2021 Invitational Champion of both the 1600 and 800, Brenner Hanna. After winning the metric mile by over a 20 second lead, Hanna returned to compete against the number one seed of the 800, East Central’s Ellie Lengerich. Lengerich led the entire race until Hanna began to gain on her in the last 100 meters. It was a photo finish with Hanna taking the championship by just a hundredth of a second in 2:18.24. Both ladies broke the 2:19.08 Meet record held by Oldenburg Academy’s Courtney Bell set in 1995. Hanna’s time also breaks the school record of 20:21.48 which she set in 2018.
Other big moments came from freshman Emarie Jackson placing 3rd in discus with a 114’8 throw and 4th in shot with a 37’7.5 put. With great performances after returning from injuries, Josie Nobbe placed 3rd in High Jump by clearing 4’10 and Elizabeth Mitchell ran a 6th place finish in the 100 and a 7th place finish in the 200.
The very cool, windy conditions did not deter the Lady Pirates from setting new career best marks. Kayla Haycock set new personal records in both the 300 hurdle race and the 200m dash earning her ribbons with 7th and 8th place finishes. Other career bests came from Ally Foster in the 1600, Franchesca Verzo (400), Ava Wilmer (400 & Long Jump), Sophie Nobbe (800), Sarah Stapp and Emily Mangels (3200 relay split time).
All three relay teams also raced well with ribbon earning performances:5th 3200m Relay – Sarah Stapp, Brenner Hanna, Sophie Nobbe, Emily Mangels7th 400m Relay – Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock, Emily Million, Josie Nobbe8th 1600m Relay – Brenner Hanna, Sarah Stapp, Emily Mangels, Kayla Haycock
Official meet results can be found at stuartroadracing.comThe Lady Pirates compete again Tuesday night in the Decatur County Championship Meet.