ELKHART — It was a productive evening for the Wawasee girls track and field team as the ladies picked up their first win of the season.
Wawasee split its triangular meet with Memorial and host Concord to move to 1-2 in Northern Lakes Conference competition. Concord swept both of its contests, defeating Wawasee 93-39 and Memorial 104-28, while Wawasee bested Memorial 71-60.
Though the winning effort was certainly a team accomplishment, the field events stole the show for Wawasee. The lady throwers swept their events while Wawasee also earned a win at pole vault to take three of the five field events at Tuesday’s meet.
Katlyn Kennedy highlighted the effort for the Warriors as she crossed a big goal off her list in breaking the school’s shot put record.
“I’ve been working at this for a long time,” the senior said of her accomplishment. “I was able to work at this more over the summer since deciding to quit basketball. I felt this was my stronger sport and I wanted to work at it more.”
The work paid off as Kennedy notched a 38-10 to surpass Jordan Edington’s previous record of 38-9. The effort also gave her a first place finish in the event. Teammate Grace Ondrla (30-10.25) finished fourth.
Hitting the school record was thrilling for Kennedy, but its hopefully just a stepping stone for the rest of her senior campaign.
“I want this to be my floor,” Kennedy stated. “I know I can reach this now so I don’t want to take anything less than this. I just want to see this number get bigger every time I throw the rest of the season.”
Alexis Manges came withing four feet of the school record in the discus throw. Manges lofted a 117-07 in her third attempt to notch a first place spot for Wawasee. Wawasee also occupied the fourth through seventh spots on the top 10 as well for the event. Sara Pritchard took fourth with a 93-00 for the Warriors.
Wawasee’s final win in the field Tuesday was at pole vault. Freshman Jada Parzygnot took first by clearing 8-00, beating out Kennady Disher’s (Memorial) 7-00. Alexis Brinson took third for Wawasee with a 6-05.
The Green and Gold struggled to find gold on the track in terms of wins, but head coach Scott Lancaster knows it’s not always about what place your finishing.
“Some of the things you see out on the track, time wise, maybe aren’t that impressive,” began Lancaster. “But when you work with these kids on a daily basis, you see the progress that’s being made. We saw a lot of different kids make a lot of improvement on the track. That’s something we can build on.”
Wawasee clocked several second place finishes in individual events, including two each by Elizabeth Zorn and Hannah-Marie Lamle.
“Elizabeth Zorn is running well,” Lancaster said. “She had another PR in the 160 tonight and came back to run well in the 3200. She also ran a good leg in the 4×8. She stood out. Hannah-Marie is making progress for us in the hurdle races, she’s not there yet but there’s just a few things to clean up.”
Zorn took second in both the 1600 (5:3.92) and 3200 (12:31.65) while Lamle took second in the 100 hurdles (17.50) and 300 hurdles (52.29).
Wawasee took second in each relay, the 4×100 (55.02), 4×400 (4:35.11) and 4×800 (10:48.77).
Wawasee (1-3, 1-2) will compete at the Turtle Town Relays this Saturday in Churubusco.