Girls Track & Field
2023 Season Review
The Lady Royal track and field team had another successful season culminating in a return to the State Meet. During the season, the Team showed their resilience by overcoming several obstacles: ranging from the weather, serious illnesses, and injury.
The 4 x 100 relay had at different times during the season, five different runners – Katie Smith, Natalie Lehner, Kalise Gutierrez, Josie Origer, and Sophia Ramsay. Despite the changes during the year, the girls were able to overcome illness and alterations to the lineup to post their best times at the end of the season! Other Royals were able to etch their names into the Top 5 List (young ladies who have achieved the top 5 best performances in school history. This year senior Whitney Meinerding set a new school record in the Pole Vault and freshmen Reagan Turk (4th in the 800) and Lydia Stahley (4th in the High Jump) made the list. Lydia Stahley set a new Personal Record in the high jump of 5’3” placing 3rd to automatically qualify for the State Meet! Lydia is currently tied for the 4th highest jump in school history!
Overall, the girls were able to work hard, succeed and have their best performances at the “big” meets at the end of the season. At the Marion County Meet and the State series, the Lady Royals had some of their best performances of the season. The 4 x 800 relay of Sara McGraw, Ximena Zarza-Diego, Valeria Lara, and Reagan Turk ran a season’s best time of 10:05.19. Reagan not only anchored the relay but was a Sectional Champion in the 800 and set a new PR of 2:22.01 to earn the 4th fastest time in school history as a freshmen!
After being projected to finish 5th, at the Sectional, The 4 x 100 relay of Natalie Lehner, Kalise Gutierrez, Josie Origer, and Sophia Ramsey ran their best time of the season (51.45) to earn their runner up finish. Sophia had a season’s best of 12.92 (6th) qualifying for the Regional meet with a callback in the 100m. Katie Smith had PRs in both the 100 and the 200. In the Hurdle events Natalie Lehner and Molly Feldman both had PRs in the 100 hurdles while Gracie Sipe scored in the 300 hurdles.
Ansley Bishop, Natalie Lehner, Whitney Meinerding, Amelia Shirley, Grace Sipe, Sara McGraw, and Josie Origer earned Academic All State Honors. Awards for the Most Valuable Athletes were given within each event group. Reagan Turk was the winner for the Distance Group while Sophia Ramsay won for the Sprinter/Hurdler group. There were two winners in the Field Event group, with Lydia Stahley and Whitney Meinerding earning that honor. Whitney was also honored with a Leadership Medal. Josie Origer was also a double recipient, earning the Sportsmanship Medal and the Mental Attitude Award. Reagan Turk was not only the Most Valuable Athlete for the Distance group but also earned the Most Valuable Player for the Team.