St. Joseph Central Catholic’s Madisyn Kleinschmit may seem light on her feet when she’s sprinting at full speed towards a finish line.
But at the final Midland Athletic League track and field championships at Seneca East, the Crimson Streaks’ junior sprinter was secretly carrying some extra weight on her shoulders. With her win in the 100 and 200 dashes as a sophomore Kleinschmit became the fifth straight SJCC runner to win both events at the league championship meet, continuing the streak started by Kelsey Burkin in the four years prior.
The streak lived on as Kleinschmit defended her titles and kept them in the program for good. She won the 100 in 13.25 seconds and 200 in 27.34 seconds as the Crimson Streaks finished fourth in the girls meet with 82 points. They came up only four points shy of second place Calvert (86 points) and three of third place Seneca East (85 points).
Carey won the meet with 101 points, while Seneca East earned its sixth consecutive MAL boys title with 154 points.
“I liked it,” said Kleinschmit of trying to continue the streak. “It’s hard, though, to make sure you get it done. I didn’t want to make it so we weren’t consecutive anymore. I was pushing really hard and I did a lot better than I thought I would.”
Rain, cooler temperatures and varying winds made running good times in the morning and early afternoon a tough achievement.
“It was a tough day,” Kleinschmit said. “Once it stopped raining, it got really hot out there during the 4×400 at the end of the meet. I got so warm I thought I was going to get sick halfway through my run.”
On top of the weather changes, SJCC’s Chloe Liebold had to battle through leg soreness in her two middle distance events. Her winning 1,600 time of 5:30.70 was more than 12 seconds better than the runner-up Sophia Vople from St. Wendelin.
Liebold added a second in the 800, finishing second only to defending Division III state champion Olivia Smith of Calvert.
“My leg has been bothering me lately, but I pushed through it today,” Liebold said. “I’m happy. I was comfortable running. Today, I didn’t have much competition in my mile, so that time made me happy. Then in the 800, I was just happy to be up there with Olivia (Smith). That’s good enough for me right now.”
The Crimson Streaks also got first place points from Ava Stepanic in the long jump (15 feet, 11.25 inches). Tricia Reinhart and Emily Luc were third in the shot put and discus respectively.
Lakota’s Cariss Reese won the girls 100 (16.89) and 300 hurdles (49.39) and tied for third in the pole vault en route to earning co-female athlete of meet honors with Smith. The Raiders were sixth with 68 points.
“I was just trying to run my races today,” Reese said. “Coming in, I was hoping to run a little faster but the conditions were definitely a factor.”
Reese, Paige Alloway, Taylor Smith and Makayla Kiser were third for Lakota in the 4×100. Katie Park was second in the discus (103-09) and fourth in the shot put.
Kayla Garza’s third place run in the 1,600 was the top finish for the 10th place Old Fort girls. Contributing fourth place points to the Stockaders total in the 3,200 was Alexis Rhoads.
The Old Fort boys were sixth and got a win from Hunter Perry in the high jump (6-3) and Brad Bannister in the 800 (2:02.51).
Perry’s win in the high jump was the first by any Stockader in the event.
“Honestly, I thought I wasn’t going to do good today with the weather,” Perry said. “But I just told myself that I had to stay positive. The good competition helped, too. I just went and jumped, didn’t think about things too much and had fun with it.”
Perry’s winning height was a new personal best.
“I like to prove people wrong,” he said. “I had people out there who thought I couldn’t jump 6-3 or 6-4 today but that only motivated me.”
Kevin Crowe was runner-up in the boys discus (46-08.50) for seventh place Lakota. Crowe added a third in the shot put in front of teammate Mac Flanagan.
SJCC took eighth and got a pair of top four finishes in the 100 and 200 from Mitchell Gonya. Gonya ran 11.71 to place third in the 100 and was fourth in the 200 at 24.62 seconds.