Austin girls fourth at Big Nine Quad

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Austin's girls' track team has caught fire, and they are starting to burn up the record books.

The Packers scored a handful of season-best times that unfortunately were not low enough to bring Austin up from a fourth-place finish in a Big Nine quadrangular Tuesday at Winona.

Kari Loger finished first in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 13.02 seconds, and she also led off the 4×200-relay team (Loger, Staci Tucker, Jenny Tucker, Theresa Hirsch) that posted a season-best 1:50.4 en route to another first-place finish. Sarah Loots came in third in the 100 with her season-best time as well, clocking in at 13.71.

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Jenny Tucker took second in the 400 with an all-time personal-best of 1:01.4, while Hirsch was second in the 200 with a season-best effort of 27.45. Renee Ludwig tossed the shot her personal-best distance of 33.5 for third, and was also third in the discus.

The 4×400 foursome of Loger, Emily Johnson, Jenny Tucker and Hirsch charted a season-best time of 4:14.18, which earned that group third in the event. The 4×100 (Megan Seibel, Sarah Huffer, Lia Middlebrook, Loots) was second.

Seibel came in first in the triple jump and second in the long jump, while Lisa Bue's season-best time of 2:31.66 in the 800 was good enough for fifth.

Both Packer track squads will be in action this Saturday, competing at the Mayo Invite at 10 a.m. in Rochester.


Team standings -- 1. Rochester Century 101, 2. Winona 63 1/3, 3. Albert Lea 55, 4. Austin 52 1/3.