Track: Packer girls get solid performances in home meetPublished 9:17pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The weather has been unkind to the Austin girls track and field team this season and that continued at Larry Gilbertson track and field on Tuesday.
Although Austin’s home quadrangular began with temperatures in the 70s, it ended with the meet being called due to lightning after 11 events were completed.
Austin freshman Madison Overby said it’s been tough to get into a running rhythm with so few events this spring.
“We’ve been training through it for the most part,” Overby said. “But it’s hard without races and competition and I haven’t been up to racing speed lately.”
Overby took first in the 1600-meter run Tuesday with a time of 5:38.87 and she’s confident she’ll be in better running shape when the Section 1AA meet takes place May 30.
“I think I can make it up because last year I had a hamstring injury and I’m working a lot harder this year,” Overby said. “I kind of forgot how to pace myself for the one mile (today). Once the third lap came around I kind of took off and made a gap.”
Austin sophomore sprinter Carolyn Hackel, who won Big Nine titles and advanced to state in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes last season, has been unfazed by the weather as her times are better than what she was running at this point of last season.
Hackel, who owns the school record in the 100-meter dash and has been within a couple tenths of a second of the school’s 200-meter dash record, is ready to make some more improvements in the weeks to come.
“I’m going to get (the record in the 200),” Hackel said. “My dad’s going to work with me some more so I’ll have track practice and home practice. It’ll be sort of like having a personal trainer.”
Hackel didn’t have much trouble winning the 100 on Tuesday as she finished with a time of 12.73 seconds and no other runner was close.
Still, she wasn’t taking the race for granted.
“I get nervous even when I see the seed times and know where everyone is,” Hackel said. “I come out with the mindset that anything can happen and I’m not going to win for sure. You’ve always got to try your best.”
Austin freshman Rachel Quandt took first in the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Kendall Hackensmith took first in the 300-meter hurdles and senior Abby Snater, who holds the Austin High School pole vault record, took first in the pole vault.
Austin finished the shortened meet in third place out of four teams with a score of 39. 7. Owatonna was first with a 57.5.
100-meter hurdles: Rachel Quandt (first, 16:05); Kendall Hackensmith (sixth, 17.87); 100-meter dash: Carolyn Hackel (first, 12.73); 1600-meter run: Madison Overby (first, 5:38.87); Cham Ochudo (sixth, 6:18.99); 400-meter dash: Karyn Potach (fourth, 1:06.26); 300-meter hurdles: Kendall Hackensmith (first, 50.11); Paige Raymond (sixth, 53.92); pole vault: Abby
Snater (first, 10-6); shot put: Taylor Milland (sixth, 30-2); discus: Lindsey McAlister (fifth, 92-1)