Four returning state qualifiers to lead TV
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:15 AM
Returning letter winners for the Trojans are, front row, from left - Sarah Stahley, Chloe Reicks, Johanna Blazek. Middle row - Delaney Lensing, Kayla Schaufenbuel, Stephanie Martin, Ashley Baumler. Back row - Haley Klimesh, Macie Njus, Kirsten Huinker, Sara Busta. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Success is a choice.
That is the motto for the 2014 Turkey Valley girls track team. With four returning state athletes, 11 letter winners and five newcomers excited to make their mark in the Trojan uniform, Turkey Valley is eyeing their first conference title in school history.
Looking to lead the Trojans to a UIC victory is Head Coach Brian Schmitt, who has been with the program for six seasons.
A great finish
The Trojans of 2013 had 14 returning letter winners, including seven athletes who had state experience. After rain and snow forced several meets to be cancelled, the Trojans put everything together in the right spot at the Upper Iowa Conference meet, where they earned third overall with 95 points. The 4x800 of Kirsten Huinker, Stephanie Martin, Allie Njus and Olivia Reicks won the event, claiming their only gold medal. Johanna Blazek (100-meter dash), A. Njus (800) and 4x400 (Blazek, Huinker, A. Njus and O. Reicks) all earned second place.
It was another third-place finish for the Trojans at the state qualifying meet, this time picking up 97 points. In total, the girls had eight events punch tickets to the big meet.
The Trojans saved the best for last, picking up four points on the big stage. Leading the way was the 4x800, with Huinker, Martin, A. Njus and O. Reicks taking sixth in 10:03.63. Also earning points for the red, white and black were the 4x400 of Blazek, Huinker, A. Njus and O. Reicks. The quartet took eighth in 4:11.59
Other results from state include: Blazek, ninth in the 100-meter dash; Chloe Reicks, ninth in the discus; the distance medley relay of Blazek, Huinker, A. Njus, O. Reicks, 14th; A. Njus, 12th in the 800; O. Reicks, 17th in the 800; and Martin, 23rd in the 1,500.
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