The Washington Demon track and field teams ran at the conference meet last night at home.
The girl’s team was second behind Mt. Pleasant, Washington had 117 points to the Panthers 133.
The boy’s team was fifth with 50 points, with Ft. Madison winning the meet with 110 points.
The boy’s had one conference champion relay with the 4×200 meter relay team of Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder, Carl Sivels and Austin Witt. They spoke after their race about how it felt to win at the conference meet.
“We definitely felt good coming out, Carl looked great, our handoffs were perfect, and overall we felt like champions the whole race,” Witt said.”
Head boy’s coach Steve Roth said his team ran the best they could last night, and that some good things happened.
“Very satisfied with the way we ran last night, we have some very good races, and Tommy Peterson had an outstanding throw,” Roth said. “Again, that is all I can ask for, I mean it was a beautiful night too.”
On the girl’s side, they had seven conference champions including, Sammy Ellingson in the high jump, clearing only what she needed to to win at 5’1” making her a four time conference champion in the high jump. Ellingson spoke after the meet about that accomplishment.
“It’s very special, it makes me feel really good,” Ellingson said. “We worked really hard, me and my coaches, and I was just really proud to get this four time conference championship.”
Mariah Reighard also picked up a conference championship in the 400 meter dash. Reighard finished in a time of 1:02.61, with her teammate Stephanie Fishback in second in a time of 1:04.64. Reighard talked after her race about finishing in front of the home crowd.
“It feels really good, I’m glad we had a night like this, and running against one of my teammates really pushed me, and it just feels really good to be a conference champion in something that I wanted to do since I was a Freshmen,” Reighard said.
The other individual winner was Kelly Wheeler in the 100 meter dash. Washington also won the girls 4×200 meter relay with a team of Kelly Wheeler, Macy Marek, Amber Salow and Grace Redlinger in a time of 1:49.55, the sprint medley with a team of Dema Giardino, Natalee Enfield, Grace Redlinger and Morgan Kimball in a time of 1:59.18, the 4×100 meter relay with a team of Marek, Enfield, Giardino and Redlinger in a time of 52.36, and the 4×400 with a team of Fishback, Salow, Reigard and Kimball in a time of 4:19.83.
Girl’s head coach Stefanie Tschantz spoke after the meet about how her girls competed.
“There was a lot of confidence going into the meet, we had some goals going into the meet, to get as many points as possible, that’s the closest we’ve been to Mt. Pleasant in a long time,” Tschantz said. “It was a good night over all, I saw some depth that I hadn’t seen, which is going to make my job difficult for regionals, but in a good way.”
Next up for the Demons is districts next Thursday.