On Friday, May 11, the 7th and 8th grade girls middle school track team traveled to Storm Lake for the annual Big Five Track Meet. At this final meet of the season, the 8th grade girls finished second with 86 points, while the 7th grade girls finished in third place, scoring 71 points. The 7th grade girls were just three points behind Storm Lake, so they nearly finished second in the meet. Both teams finished with their highest point total of the season.
In 7th grade, in the 100 M hurdles, Bryn Groff and Madison Tolk, finished first and second, respectively, with Bryn running the race in 17.32 seconds, lowering the school record of 19.01 that Madison had set at Cherokee earlier this season. Madison Tolk placed first in the long jump; she jumped 14’6”, nearly tying the school record (14’7”) that has been standing for over 30 years. Madison Tolk also finished first in the 200 M hurdles. The 4×800 M relay team (Madison Tolk, Kelsey Van Drie, Libby Ven Huizen, Bryn Groff) came in second place and finishing third for the Orabs were Bryn Groff in the 800 M run, Holly Wolf in the high jump, Kelsey Van Drie in the 1500 M run, and the shuttle hurdle relay team (Bailey Elgersma, Kaitlyn Vote, Brailey Grant, and Jessica Wollmuth).
In the 8th grade, the 4×800 M relay team (Anna Marie Fjeld, Sarah Cain, Katie Strouth, Emma Van Meeteren) finished in first place. The shuttle hurdle relay team (Alyssa Kavanagh, Bizzy Feekes, Zoey Russell, Kayla Van Meeteren) finished in second place and ran their fastest time of the season (1:19.44), breaking the previous record of 1:19.50 set just last season. Finishing second for the Orabs were Emma Van Meeteren in the 800 M run, Sarah Cain in the 400 M dash, Kayla Van Meeteren in the 1500 M run, and Alyssa Kavanagh finished second in the 200 M hurdles. Kayla Van Meeteren and Alyssa Kavanagh both ran personal best times in their respective races. Finishing third were Emma Van Meeteren in the 400 meters, Sarah Cain in the 800 M run, Kayla Van Meeteren in the high jump, Alyssa Kavanagh in the 100 M hurdles and long jump, Anna Marie Fjeld in the 1500 M run, and the 4×100 M relay team (Lexi Ackerman, Kayla Van Meeteren, Zoey Russell, and Anna Marie Fjeld). Many other athletes scored fourth and fifth place finishes in both grades which added to the team’s point totals, so it was truly a team effort.