When Oldenburg Academy competed at the 2014 Franklin County girls’ track and field sectional May 20, results were “spectacular,” reported coach Merle Hines. “For a little school of 200 without a track to be third out of 13 (schools) is amazing!”
East Central and Batesville were first and second, respectively. Following OA were Greensburg, South Dearborn, Jac-Cen-Del, Franklin County, Rising Sun, South Ripley, Milan, North Decatur, South Decatur and Lawrenceburg.
“We won six events outright and we’re going on (to May 27 regionals in Shelbyville) in seven events.”
Two sets of sisters turned in stellar performances, according to the IHSAA Web site.
In the 3200m run, senior Sarah Billingsley finished first at 11:20.73, just ahead of her twin, Rachel, with a second-place finish at 11:59.94. The long-distance runners had similar results after the 1600m run – first place, Sarah Billingsley, 5:14.54; third place, Rachel Billingsley, 5:31.29.
“Rachel is on fire,” according to Hines. “She’s got a lot of personal records.”
In the 800m run, senior Meredith Maier captured first at 2:22.63. Her sister, freshman Madelyn, came in fourth at 2:30.21.
Junior Kirsten Ricke was fastest of all competitors in the 300m hurdles at 47.54. Teammate Cori Hammoor, a freshman, was disqualified.
Two OA relay teams with the same athletes – Madelyn Maier, Meredith Maier, Haleigh Reed and Kirsten Ricke – also were awarded first-place ribbons: 4 x 400, 4:09.15; and 4 x 800, 9:54.41.
The sectional’s last event was the 4 x 400. Hines recalled the race started out with East Central in first place, followed by Batesville, then OA. Of her team, she observed, “It was a battle that they ended up winning.”
Freshman Haleigh Reed finished fourth in the 400m dash at 1:02.29. Teammate and junior Kirsten Stenger was 19th at 1:19.61.
The OA 4 x 100 relay team came in eighth at 57.01. Runners were senior Brianna Tindall, junior Hallie Kile, Madelyn Maier and sophomore Marissa Wobroski.
Also participating in the competition: long jump – freshman Elizabeth Fiutem, 13th, 12-7.5; shot put – freshman Samantha Nobbe, 22nd, 21-09.75; and junior Hallie Kile, 23rd, 21-03.50; discus throw, Samantha Nobbe, 22nd, 60-04.00; and Hallie Kile, 23rd, 51-05.00.
Hines was proud of the athletes’ efforts. “Ten girls set personal records at the sectional.”