By BRADEN LAYER Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — ALTAMONT — In the first track event of the afternoon, Neoga’s 4x800 relay team of Maddie Butler, Morgan Partlow, Demmie Long and Olivia Ott separated themselves from the pack for a seven-second victory.
The Neoga win served as a prime example of how the rest of the afternoon would unfold, as the Lady Indians outpaced the competition by nearly 50 total points to pick up a National Trail Conference title.
“All the girls stepped it up,” Neoga coach Tim Mueller said. “The girls all pulled it together, they worked together.”
There was initially some confusion in the meet’s scoring, forcing officials to look back over the results Tuesday night due to a discrepancy in the 1600-meter run. On Wednesday morning the final standings were released, and Neoga owned 156.5 points, while St. Anthony placed second with 109.5. Rounding out the top five were Windsor, Altamont and St. Elmo.
With a 4x800 relay title intact, the Neoga 4x100 team also picked up an event victory, crossing the finish line with a time of 51.99. In the 4x200, Neoga’s time of 1:53.34 again put it in first place, beating Altamont by more than three seconds.
In the individual events, Maddie Butler notched a victory in the 1600-meter run, finishing with a time of 6:11.23. Ashley Pruemer took home an NTC event win in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the end line at 17.04, just 0.22 seconds better than teammate Brittany Deters to give Neoga a 1-2 finish.
Deters was not shutout, however, as she returned to top form in the 300-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 50.38.
Neoga held its lead in the field events, starting with a 5-foot, 10-inch jump by Erin Walk to take the high jump. Ott gave Neoga 10 more big points with her 15-foot, 10-inch long jump.
“The girls accomplished what they wanted to accomplish,” Mueller said. “We were running with some injuries, but I’m very happy with the results.”
St. Anthony placed second, but the Lady Bulldogs had a number of worthy performances. Carson Fonner led from start-to-finish in the 3200-meter run, finishing with a time of 13:29.87. The sterling showing was more than 30 seconds better than her closest competitor.
Sarah Wortman vaulted her way to an NTC event crown, clearing the bar at 10 feet for ten more points.
In the relays, St. Anthony’s 4x400 squad was dominant, winning by half a minute in a time of 4:24.
Windsor placed third on the day, thanks in large part to Jenny Bullock’s effort in the sprints. Bullock won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54, then added a 200-meter title in 26.89 seconds.
Bullock showed her versatility in the triple jump, leaping 33 feet, 9 inches for her third event win of the afternoon.
Desiree Nelson of Altamont edged out Butler in the 800-meter run, helping lead her team to a fourth-place showing.
Emily Bone of St. Elmo won the 400 in 1:03.71, as the Lady Eagles finished fifth.
In sixth, Cowden-Herrick was led by Ava Paruleski’s performances in the jumping events. Paruleski finished second in the triple jump and fourth in both the high jump and long jump.
Stew-Stras finished with seven total points, with Anna Yakey finished third in the long jump with her best effort traveling 14 feet, 11 inches.
1. Neoga (N) 156.5, 2. St. Anthony (SA) 109.5, 3. Windsor (W) 102, 4. Altamont (A) 86, 5. St. Elmo (SE) 61, 6. Cowden-Herrick (CH) 22, 7. Stewardson-Strasburg (SS) 7
100-meter dash - 1. Bullock (W) 12.54, 2. Goldstein (A) 13.35, 3. Harshman (N) 13.40, 4. Esker (SA) 13.53, 5. Kastl (N) 13.65, 6. Yakey (SS) 13.87
200-meter dash - 1. Bullock (W) 26.89, 2. Goldstein (A) 27.29, 3. Bone (SE) 28.62, 4. Walk (N) 28.97, 5. York (A) 29.03, 6. Bushur (SA) 29.12
400-meter dash - 1. Bone (SE) 1:03.71, 2. Wendt (SA) 1:04.64, 3. Hostetter (W) 1:06.57, 4. Hanna (A) 1:11.31, 5. Rincker (SA) 1:11.90, 6. Nelson (A) 1:12.62
800-meter run - 1. Nelson (A) 2:38.45, 2. Butler (N) 2:39.50, 3. Falconburg (SA) 2:46.84, 4. Partlow (N) 2:58.56, 5. Morlen (W) 3:07.16, 6. Beesley (SE) 3:26.14
1600-meter run - 1. Butler (N) 6:11.23, 2. Wolff (A) 6:13.56, 3. Gibson (N) 6:27.71, 4. Osmon (SE) 6:46.99, 5. E. Wortman (SA) 7:06.37, 6. Neu (CH) 7:12.94
3200-meter run - 1. Fonner (SA) 13:29.87, 2. Gibson (N) 14:00.82, 3. Osmon (SE) 14:21.44, 4. Homann (A) 16:28.61, 5. Neu (CH) 17:51.44
100 hurdles - 1. Pruemer (N) 17.04, 2. Deters (N) 17.26, 3. Ragland (SA) 17.56, 4. Rosborough (SE) 19.61, 5. Hanna (A) 19.76, 6. Miller (A) 20.30
300 hurdles - 1. Deters (N) 50.38, 2. Ragland (SA) 51.23, 3. Hostetter (W) 52.46, 4. Long (N) 52.63, 5. Miller (A) 58.60, 6. Wenthe (A) 1:02.55
4x100 - 1. Neoga 51.99, 2. St. Anthony 54.31, 3. Windsor 56.78, 4. Cowden-Herrick 57.42, 5. Altamont 1:01.17