The Holden high school track and field teams hosted the Holden Blue and White Senior Night Invitational Meet on Friday, April 29.
The Lady Eagles team finished the meet with the first-place team trophy while the Eagle boys team placed second as a squad with top-eight placings scoring points, and top-three finishers earning medals.
Before the meet, seniors Lena Weeks, Elaina Young, Emma Lohe, Jocelyn McHenry, Peyton Kilgore, Liz Stout, Klara Tschoepe, Giada Lorenzon, Angelica Pasquale, Kieran Feisel, Merle Hostrop, Matilda Von Matern, Garrett Abel, Wyatt Doutt, Brian Johnson, and Michael Rinella were recognized on the track.
“The seniors on this team have been instrumental in the success of our track teams,” said first-year Holden track and field head coach David Diener. “They immediately bought in, and have helped show the underclassmen how to prepare and compete in track meets. Along with their leadership, they have also put in some very good performances this year.”
Liz Stout sealed her final home meet by placing first in the shot put with a distnace of 11.21m, and by placing second in both the discus and javelin.
Peyton Kilgore took fourth place in the discus, seventh in the shot put, and 12th in the javelin.
Klara Tschoepe followed Stout in the javelin by placing third.
Jocelyn McHenry placed sixth in the shot put to score points in a top-eight spot.
On the track, Emma Lohe placed fifth in the 400m run with a season-best time of 1:09. She placed 15th in the long jump.
Lohe ran with freshman Izzy Guinn, junior Rachel Wamsley, and junior Gracie Carver on the 4x400m relay for a sixth-place finish.
Elaina Young scored team points in the pole vault with a fourth-place showing. She placed 14th in the 400m dash with a season-best time.
Underclassmen finishing in top-three spots included freshman Kia Harmon who placed first in the 100m dash, first in the high jump, and second in the long jump.
Hurdler Millie Davidson placed second in the 300m hurdles. The junior third in the 100m barriers race.
Freshman Lilee Keller took fourth in the 100m hurdles, and fifth in the 300m hurdles.
Junior high jumper Marah Klover placed third in the event.
Guinn placed third on the day in the pole vault.
The girls team’s 4x100m relay group of Wamsley, Harmon, junior Kimmie Spring, and sophomore Clara Hernan took first place in a season-best time of 53.39 seconds.
The Lady Eagles 4x200m relay team of Spring, Hernan, Wamsley, and Tschoepe placed second.
Carver kicked in team points with a fifth-place finish in the 800m run. Clara Hernan had an eighth-place finish in the 100m dash, and twin sister Chloe placed fourth in the shot put.
Senior sprinter Brian Johnson set the pace on the boys side by placing first in the 100m dash with a time of 11.71 seconds.
Johnson carried the baton with freshman Sam Comer, sophomore Reco Jenkins, and junior Wally Walker in the 4x100m relay for a second-place finish.
Johnson went on to place second in the 400m dash, and carried the baton on the final leg of Holden’s sixth-place 4x400m relay team with Walker, Comer, and junior Masyn Powell.
Senior Michael Rinella carried the baton in the 4x800m relay with freshman Ethan Rice, freshman Rett Hankins, and junior Zach Willis for a third-place finish. Rinella clocked a season-best time of 5:08 to place sixth in the 1600m run. He placed eighth in the 800m run to score individual team points, and placed 13th in the 400m dash.
In field events, senior Garrett Abel placed second in the shot put, and fifth in the discus with a season-best distance of 35.06m.
Senior pole vaulter Wyatt Doutt placed eigthth with a personal record height of 3.05m.
Underclass teammate Marshall Doogs gathered the gold medal first-place finish in the discus. Doogs took sixth place in the javelin, and seventh in the shot put.
In the 110m hurdles race, Powell took the top spot with a first-place time of 16.54 seconds. Freshman teammate Daniel Mailath placed seventh in the 110m hurdles.
In field events, junior Tyler Hankins placed second in the high jump, and third in the pole vault with season-best heights in both events.
Walker added a sixth-place finish in the 200m dash to his relay race noted above. Jenkins placed seventh in the long jump, and eighth in the 100m dash to score team points in individual events.
Willis placed seventh in the 1600m run. Freshman Caleb Koehn took eighth place to contribute an individual event point to the team total.
Freshman Sauren Folson placed eighth in the javelin to round out the boys team’s individual points placings.
The next meet scheduled for the Holden high school track and field teams is the Class 3, District 7 Meet to be held at Buffalo High School on Saturday, May 14. The start time is TBD.