To say last week was a busy week for the Golden Eagle girls track team might just be a bit of an understatement.
Joe Evener’s Big Walnut thinclads competed in four road meets, all on the road, beginning last Wednesday (April 16) in a dual meet with Watkins Memorial, last Friday (April 18) in the Kiwanis Invitational at Teays Valley High School and Saturday in the Hank Smith Invitational at Heath High School.
The Golden Eagles defeated Watkins Memorial 97-40, placed fourth at the 15-team Smith Invitational and seventh at the 8-team TV Invite.
“Three meets in four days … what a weekend,” Evener said. “The team is coming together very well. We were able to use 41 girls over the two-meet stretch on Friday and Saturday, and all 45 girls over the 4-day stretch. That will go a long way in helping us improve for the end of the year, and help us develop the talent we will be relying on in 2015 and beyond.”
At Watkins Memorial, Big Walnut captured 13 events, led by Jamie Annis who swept both hurdle events, winning the 100 (no time available) and 300-meter (0:50.6 seconds). The Golden Eagles won four of the five field events with Cassie Walaszek taking the shot put (30 feet, 1.75 inches), Anna Vrancken the discus (93-2), Anna Mackey the long jump (15-3.5) and Avery Kerns the high jump (5-0).
Big Walnut also swept all four relays with Catie Craig-Bowden, Mikaela Smith, Devin Ardner and Addison Shawver taking the 4x800 (11 minutes, 37.4 seconds); Kristen Carty, Sam Godby, Olivia Daggett and Kerns the 4x200 (1:56.9); Carty, Mackey, Khaliyah Medlock and Annis the 4x100 (0:54.9); and Sara Althauser, Godby, Craig-Bowden and Hannah Boseker the 4x400 (no time available).
Also collecting individual victories were Emma Grumney in the 1,600 (7:02.0), Craig-Bowden in the 800 (2:52.3) and Shawver in the 3,200 (no time available).
At the Hank Smith Invitational, which saw Granville (137, Canal Winchester (108) and Newark (85) take the top three sports in the standings, the Golden Eagles edged out Dresden Tri-Valley for the fourth spot 69-64.
Big Walnut recorded four top-three individual finishes led by Annis who placed second in the 100 meters (0:12.93/0:12.95) and third in the 100 hurdles (0:15.15/0:15.31). Daggett placed third in the 400 (1:04.94) and Kerns third in the high jump (4-11).
At Teays Valley, where the Golden Eagles placed seventh with 17 points, Big Walnut came through with three sixth-place efforts, including Sami Rammelsberg in the 100 hurdles (0:18.06) along with the 4x200 relay quartet of Randi Rammelsberg, Bryn Rammelsberg, Alaina Wandling and Kayle Tanner (2:03.49) and the 4x400 foursome of Wandling, Bryn Rammelsberg, Sarah Bickel and Grumney (4:43.31).
“There are so many things that the girls are doing right and there are so many things for us to be happy about,” Evener said. “The girls are working hard. They are attacking and competing against very difficult opponents and we are getting better every single time we step on the track”
Big Walnut’s record stands at 26-25-1 overall and at 1-2 in duals.