Most people would admit that it’s better to run with more people instead of just yourself, because it pushes you to go further.
In the 3,200 running event, Lourdes Academy is lucky to have three girls competing in the same event.
Nora Keller, Maeve McDonald and Abby Moore have had the privelage to run together all season long, and it paid off after they finished third, fourth and fifth in the Division 3 3,200 run.
“I think it’s awesome,” Moore said. “Our coach said we were the only team in the state that had three runners competing in one individual event and that itself was pretty cool.”
Keller finished in 11:13.01, while McDonald and Moore followed with a 11:13.75 and 11:14.18, respectively.
“We’ve been running together all year and have been trying to keep each other to get faster and faster times,” Keller said. “The fact that we were able to get three, four, five, in such a competitive race is awesome.”
McDonald said it’s intimidating for other people in the race.
“It can be intimidating for another team to see three people in one race, but it definitely helps us even if we’re going fast to run with people you know,” McDonald said.
The race capped an impressive showing for Keller, who walked away from La Crosse with three state medals.
She finished fifth in the 1,600 meters on Friday and then teamed up with Maddy Reed, Angela Moore and Crystal Combs to finished second in the 3,200-meter relay.
The quartet turned in an impressive time of 9:47.19 — roughly seven seconds faster than their sectional time — which might have won the title in most years. However, the Knights finished behind a St. Mary’s Springs relay that shattered the Division 3 state meet record with a time of 9:31.47.
Still, with the second-place finish in the event and the individual places in the distance runners, the Knights placed fifth as a team in Division 3 with 32 points, a half-point behind Algoma and just two behind Wild Rose. Edgar dominated the field totaling 70 points en route to the team title, while St. Mary’s Springs was second with 36½ points.
Ripon’s Addy Baker had a better than expected day, as the freshman earned second place in the Division 2 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.6, one of the best times she’s ever had.
“I thought it went good,” she said. “I think it was one of my best times this season. The day has been a lot of fun, it’s very scary getting ready to race but once I start it helps my nerves.”
Baker, the only freshman in the finals, finished four-tenths of a second behind winner Tess Nelson of Northwestern.
Best for last
Omro’s David Thomas capped his prep career by standing on the podium for the Division 2 100 meters.
Thomas finished a solid third in the race, running a time of 11.27 seconds — nearly six-tenths of a second faster than his preliminary time. Ryan Send of Brookfield Academy won the race in 11.18 seconds, while Sam Tiahnybik of Catholic Memorial was second in 11.22 seconds.
Thomas nearly collected a second medal later in the day as part of the Foxes’ 800-meter relay team.
Thomas, Chris Hess, Derek Tritt and Dylan Tritt finished in seventh place, a mere six-hundredths of a second behind sixth-place Marshall. The Foxes time was 1:31.28.
Hunting for fourth
Lourdes Academy also earned some hardware on the boys side.
Senior Hunter Neuens made the podium by finishing fourth in the long jump with his best leap measuring 20-feet, 7¼-inches. He was one of just four D3 jumpers to surpass 20 feet with a jump.
Both Berlin and Ripon competed in the Division 2 girls 3,200-meter relay final on Saturday and turned in strong performances.
The Indians’ quartet of Taylor Greening, Julia Silloway, Malerie Harmon and Kinsey Harmon — all of whom will be returning next season — finished eighth with a time of 9:42.56, shaving 7½ seconds off their sectional time. The relay was a little more than four seconds from making the podium.
Ripon’s foursome of Theresa Kasper, Amy Hutchings, Laura Lyke and Katelin Cunningham finished 14th overall with a time of 9:56.00. The time was two seconds better than the group’s sectional time.
* Valley Christian’s lone entrant to the state tournament, Luke Geffers, placed 11th in the Division 3 boys 3,200 meters.
* Moira Kilgas of Omro finished ninth in the Division 2 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.67.
* Berlin’s Claudia Roca finished 15th in the Division 2 triple jump with a lead of 34-3½.
* Ripon’s Lydia Schwertferger did not clear the opening height in the Division 2 pole vault.