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State Junior High Track Results

5/16/15

FIFTEEN Lincoln Lutheran athletes competed in the Middle School Track & Field Meet, at Gothenburg.  Despite several threats all week of nasty weather, the meet was held without many problems.  The only change that was made was that ALL events were finals against time, and there were no pre-lims in the 100m Hurdles nor the 100 m Dash.  Five boys completed in the meet (Colton Meyer – 100 meter hurdles, & the 4x800 team of Jacob Meyer, Deng Dak, Pal Dak, & Brandon Hamilton).  Though they did not score in the meet, the boys’ efforts were great!  Colton Meyer ran his second fastest time in the 100 m High Hurdles at 16.44 electronically timed, and the 3200 m Relay team, which was seeded 16th, placed 14th with their second fastest time this year at 10:01.94. 

On the girls's side, Lincoln Lutheran had qualifiers in 8 events, and scored in 5 of them to finish in 8th place with 29 points.  To put this in perspective, there were 80-100 schools represented, and 53 girls' teams scored points.  Also, showing how close the Warrior girls were to the top, there was a five way tie for first place with 35 points, then two schools tied for 6th & 7th with 32, and then Lincoln Lutheran with 29.  The next team behind LL was Centura with 18.5.  So, for the second year in a row, our girl's squad represented Lincoln Lutheran quite well.  Last year, our girls finished with 32 points, tied for 2nd, only 1 point out of first place.  Scoring in the individual events were Josie Puelz and Hope Leimbach.  Hope ran a very competitive and very close 100 m Dash, and placed 6th with a time of 13.48.  The Warrior coaches felt she would have done better had they had pre-lims and then the finals, but hats off to Hope on a great effort.  Josie Puelz had a fantastic day in the hurdles placing 2nd in the 100 m Hurdles, with a time of 16.85, and then coming back to win the 200 m Hurdles in a time of 30.47.  Hope was also in that race, and finished with a time of 33.48.  Megan Garbe ran in the 200 m Dash, and though she did not place, ran a strong time of 28.03.  All three relays qualified for State, and all three ran their best times of the year. 

The 3200 m Relay team of Rachel Ziems, Kayla Steinbauer, Katrina Staab, and Lexie Kreizel improved their time by 12 seconds running 11:12.82, which was great considering Rachel was still recovering from pneumonia.  Also, a big “shout out” to Alayna Bergt who traveled to Gothenburg as the 4x800 alternate but did not compete.  Just like the rest of the 4x800 team, Alayna trained very hard during the week leading up to the State meet.  Alayna is to be credited for her tremendous dedication and modeling of “team before self!” attitude. 

The 400 m Relay team of Hope, Josie, Leah Bassett and Megan placed 5th, and ran their best time of the year in a very fast 52.95.  And the 1600 m Relay team completed the meet with a 5th place finish in a season best time of 4:29.28.  That team was made up of Megan, Kelly Kohlhof, Leah, and Josie.  At the end of the day, Josie came home with four medals and as the 300 meter hurdle state champion, and several others came home with two medals!  Quite a day, and quite a tremendous season!

Coach Votta would like to thank all the parents who made the trip out to Gothenburg AND to ALL the middle school parents for all their superb support throughout the season!  What a great season it was!

FINAL NOTE:  The 2015 season was Coach Votta’s last as Lincoln Lutheran’s head middle school track coach.  What an incredible five years of service!  Coach Votta’s middle school track athletes and teams have always been VERY well prepared to compete and have experienced tremendous success.  Coach is tireless in his preparation, wise in his training strategies, and authentic in his love and care for the young people. 

Though he will no longer be serving as the head middle school coach, Lincoln Lutheran is blessed that Coach Votta will continue to serve Lincoln Lutheran as the middle and long distance coach at the high school level. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, COACH VOTTA!!!  

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