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By Pierre Bibbs

M-ettes third at Whitewater Invitational


April 28, 2021

The Malta M-ette track team competed well at the Whitewater track meet, taking second as a team last Friday, April 23, despite the cold.

Whitewater won the meet with a total of 171 points. Malta was second with 139 points, Saco was third with 65, Hinsdale was fourth with 59 points, Lustre Christian was fifth with 33, Nashua was sixth with 21, Turner was ninth with nine points, and Hays Lodge Pole was eighth with six.

The M-ettes were led by Allison Kunze. Kunze won the 200 with a time of 30.08. Kunze took second in the triple jump with a new personal best of 30-9. She was also sixth in long jump with a leap of 12-9.5.

Lauren Tuss posted new bests in all three throwing events. She won the javelin throw with a toss of 100-6. She was fifth in discus with a throw of 88-7, and seventh in shot put with a throw of 29-10.

The PCN caught up with Tuss after she won her flight in discus.

“I feel good that I finally got past (my old record),” Tuss said. “My old PR was 86 and that was from middle school.”

She credited her teammates for helping her set a new best. She said that they were her biggest competition. She also gave credit to throw coach Andy Schell.

“He helps us out a lot,” Tuss said. “We spend lots of time throwing.”

The team welcomed back junior Justine Lamb, who had been rehabbing a foot injury sustained during basketball season.

“It feels good,” Lamb said about being back. “I was a little nervous but I’m trying my best to do well in my first meet back from an injury.”

Lamb kicked off the meet in a jump-off with Hinsdale’s Kaitlyn McColly. Lamb just missed clearing 4-10, a personal best set in her freshman season. Still, Lamb took second by clearing 4-8.

Lamb was also second in her favorite event, the 100 hurdles with a time of 19.54.

“I can just run right through them and it shows my speed,” Lamb said. “It’s just one of my favorites.”

Lamb was fifth in shot put, setting a new personal best of 30-0.25, and was sixth in the 200 with a personal best of 32.44.

Freshman Gracie Honey was second in the 800 with a time of 2:56.1, and second in the 1600 with a time of 6:31.5. She also set a personal best in javelin with a throw of 78-5.

Tia Siewing was second in shot put with a throw of 33-4. She set a new best of 75-5 in javelin.

Sophomore Laynee Ophus was third in high jump, clearing 3-6. She was also fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 20.54. She set a personal best of 1:00.04 in the 300 hurdles, and also competed in the 200 for the first time, posting a time of 36.84.

Addy Anderson, a sophomore, placed third in the 300 hurdles with a personal best of 59.24. Anderson was also sixth in high jump, clearing 4-0.

Freshman Madyson Warburton was fifth in the high jump with a personal best of 4-2, and sixth in the 100 with a time of 15.44.

Freshman Cede Meyer took fifth in the 400 with a time of 1:22.84. She was seventh in triple jump with a personal best of 28-4.

Junior Skylie Lefdahl placed sixth in discus and shot put with throws of 88-6 and 29-10.75 respectively. Though she did not place in Javelin or the 200, she posted bests in each event. She had a personal best of 73-0 in javelin and a season’s best of 31.65 in the 200.

The short relay team consisting of Addison Ulrich, Maddie Williamson, Kunze, and Gracie Honey took first place with a time of 1:00.24.

The long relay team consisting of Madyson Warburton, Elly Anderson, Honey, and Kunze was second with a time of 5:12.


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