Marist, Marshfield Take Home Midwestern League Championships

Marist wins the Midwestern League | (KVAL)

The Marist boys track and field team and the Marshfield Pirates girls track and field team are the 2013 Midwestern League Track and Field Champions. Recording nine first place finishes over other teams at the MWL Districts, the Spartans found themselves with 207 points at the end of the meet, 53 ahead of Springfield, who placed second with 154 points. On the women’s side of things, the Pirates left no doubt that they were the top program, cruising to 212 points to see themselves 112 points above second-place finisher Churchill.

Victories for the Marist boys came in the 400 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 110 meter hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, discus, high jump, pole vault, and long jump.

Marist wins the Midwestern League | (KVAL)
Marist wins the Midwestern League | (KVAL)

The Spartans got off to a fast start on the first day of competition (May 15), seeing themselves place first in every final that was conducted. There was never much doubt about who would take home the 3,000 meters, as J.P. Kiefer cruised past his competition with a time of 9:12.18, just over five seconds better than Colby Gillett of Marshfield who finished with a time of 9:17.31.

Logan McGann took home a victory for Marist in the discus, throwing for a distance of 140-05 to better Skyler Phillips‘ (Churchill) distance of 136-05.

Kaelen Byrum and Liam Henshaw placed 1-2 in the high jump in what was the Spartans’ most impressive effort as the day, as Henshaw took second by clearing a height of 6-02.00 while Byrum cleared 6-09.00. Henshaw would also take home victories in the pole vault (14-00.00) and long jump (22-08.50) to give himself two first place finishes and a second place finish and two first place finishes.

Coming away from day one with 76 points to Springfield’s 47, the Spartans were able to hold back the Millers on day two to come away with the championship.

Getting things started on the second day of competition, Marist added to their point total, winning the 4×100 meter relay with their squad of Andrew Park, Adam Houser, Dustin Jones, and Colton Bloom running a 44.01. Churchill came right in behind the Spartans, finishing with a time of 44.09 seconds.

Jones then raced his way to another first place finish for Marist, finishing with a time of 51.01 seconds in the 400 meters to increase the Spartans’ point total. Clark Embleton, also of Marist, would place second in the event with a time of 52.78 seconds.

The wins kept piling up after the 400 meters, as Coleman Byrum and Henshaw finished 1-2 in the 110 meter hurdles, with Byrum running a 14.96 and Henshaw running a 15.20.

Kiefer then added another victory at the championships to his portfolio, running a 4:06.12 in the 1,500 meters to finish almost two seconds ahead of Connor Devereux of Marshfield. Though those would be all the victories for the Spartan boys, they were more than enough to see them take the crown at the 2013 MWL Track and Field Championships.

Marshfield Pirates (
Marshfield Pirates

The Marshfield girls had an equally impressive outing at the championships, placing first in 10 of the events to finish well-ahead of the Churchill Lancers.

Claiming two victories on the first day of competition, the Pirates were led by Shaylen Crook and Lauren McGowne. Crook took home the victory in the 3,000 meters, finishing with a time of 10:32.36 to cruise to victory over Olivia Goodheart of Churchill, who finished with a time of 10:48.04. McGowne saw herself place first in the long jump, reaching a distance of 17-04.00 to best Samantha Tollerud of Churchill, who reached a distance of 16-07.00.

The second day of competition was much more dominant for Marshfield, as they raced past their competition for the MWL crown. Already with two first place finishes in their pockets, Madelyn Metzler added to the Pirates’ lead, winning the 100 meters with a time of 12.52 seconds. She would claim another individual victory in the 200 meters as well, finishing with a time of 25.94 seconds to beat teammate Brittany Cook, who had a time of 26.90 seconds.

Crook, who won the 3,000 meters on day one, would follow up her effort in the event with a first place finish in the 1,500 meters, running a 4:58.79 to best Goodheart once again.

The most impressive effort from the Pirates on the second day of competition undoubtedly came in the 100 meter hurdles, an event they saw themselves finish 1-2-3. Competing in the event were McGowne, Emily Moe, and Isabel Groth, with McGowne taking first with a time of 15.72 seconds, Moe placing second with a time of 16.11 seconds, and Groth taking third with a time of 16.37 seconds.

Marshfield would also place first in the 4×100 meter relay, using the squad of Cook, McGowne, Devereux, and Metzler to run a time of 49.99 seconds and best Marist by just under two seconds.

Karissa Irvin would take home a victory for the Pirates in the javelin, throwing a distance of 101-06 to see herself over Tiffiny Rattanaphosy of Springfield.

The final two victories for Marshfield at the meet came in the high jump and triple jump, with Moe clearing a height of 5-02.00 to claim first in the high jump and Adryana Chavez reaching a distance of 34-06.50 to take first in the triple jump.

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