The Missouri River Valley Conference-East track and field championship crown needed no resizing on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as the Holden Lady Eagles team fit into the title spot for the fourth consecutive year. Competing at Lexington High School, the Holden girls fought off Knob Noster’s championship challenge with the Lady Eagles scoring 170 points versus the Lady Panthers’ 163 points.
“It was awesome,” said Holden track and field head coach Spencer Gudde. “The girls work extremely hard, and it was a team effort where every event mattered.”
Lady Eagle athletes took conference titles in seven events with first-place finishes. The team added six second place finishes, a third-place finish, and several top-six points placings in writing this chapter of the program’s story.
Holden’s 4x800m relay team of Emma Lohe, Camille Gudde, Kinadie Jones, and Valorie Slack kicked off the running events by placing first in a seasonbest time of 10:37.13.
In individual events, Gudde emerged as the conference champion in the 3200m run, Slack earned the conference championship in the 1600m run, and Jones placed first in the 800m run. Slack added a second-place finish in
both the 800m run, and the 3200m run. Jones took second place in the 1600m run.
“We figured we could score a lot of points in the distance events, and the girls did not disappoint,” said coach Gudde.
Maggie Klover contributed 34 points in individual events by earning three conference titles, and a fourth-place finish. Klover’s first-place finishes came in the 400m dash, the long jump, and the triple jump. She took fourth place in the 100m dash.
Lilly Spring earned the title of conference champion in the 300m hurdles with a first-place finish. Spring took second place in the 100m hurdles, placed fourth in the 200m dash, and placed fifth in the 100m dash to contribute 24 individual points to the team total.
Brady Hinton placed fourth in the 100m hurdles, and fifth in the 300m hurdles.
Lucee Keller placed second in the pole vault. Elaina Young placed fourth in the pole vault.
Field event points were also earned by Holden freshmen Liz Stout and Sam VanHooser.
Stout took third place in the discus, and fifth-place finishes in the javelin and the shot put.
VanHooser placed fourth in the shot put.
Holden’s 4x400m relay team of Lohe, Keller, Jones, and Abby Roach recorded
a second-place finish.
Lohe, Roach, Elaina Young, and Jocelyn McHenry placed fourth in both the 4x100m relay, and the 4x200m
*Camille Gudde, Valorie Slack, and Lilly Spring are seniors on this year’s Lady Eagle track and field team.