Oldenburg Academy was 10th out of 29 girls’ track and field teams at the Shelbyville Regional May 27, reported coach Merle Hines.
Two athletes are going on to the state competition June 6 at Bloomington. Meredith Maier came in third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.63. The finish was dramatic, the coach recalled. “A girl from Shelbyville kind of shoved her and Meredith didn’t know if she made it or not. (The top three students advance to state competition.) The official saw it, but didn’t think it was enough to disqualify the other girl,” who wound up in fourth place.
Likewise, Kirsten Ricke was in third place in the 300-meter hurdles at 46.82. “She’s been undefeated all year” before regionals. Ricke earned her best personal time at this meet. “She had nobody ever to push her. Well, she did last night!”
Sarah Billingsley, who had a hurt leg, arrived in fourth place in the 3,200-meter run and withdrew from the 1,600 due to the injury.
Rachel Billingsley was 10th in the mile contest. Hines admitted, “Rachel did not have a good night. She was really on at sectionals, but not at regionals, which is a shame.”
OA’s 4 x 800 relay team (Haleigh Reed, Kirsten Ricke, Meredith Maier and Madelyn Maier) came in sixth “and so they got points” to help the school’s total. The 4 x 400 team didn’t fare as well. The coach laughed, “I called them Dead Athletes Running. Each girl had already done three events, so they were exhausted.”