As we head to region track meets this week the Ipswich Tiger girls are littering the list of automatic qualifier names. Pictured from left to right: Kamryn Heinz (Shot put), Taylor Maurer (pole vault) and Aleah Stegar (distance)
A year ago, just before the South Dakota state track meet, Ipswich pole vaulter Taylor Maurer had a bad accident while pole-vaulting. That head injury kept her out of the state meet and with her absence the Duebrook Dolphins laid the wood, claiming the Class B girls title, outdistancing Ipswich, 84-58.5 as the Tigers finished in the runner-up position.
While the Tigers have plenty of good sprinters, most of them team up on the relays where every single Ipswich team has already pre-qualified for the state meet.
Going to take a look at the list of state qualifiers here in a second, but FIRST, a MASSIVE shout out to the Ipswich coaching staff for getting the most out of their athletes and getting their athletes to go our for a sport that ultimately makes you better at other sports.
Head coach: Todd Thorson
Assistant Coaches: Tyler Severson, Kayla Nilson, Todd Naasz, Tadd Thorson and Kim Kanable.
101 students are enrolled at Ipswich…(9-12_
41 girls went out for track this spring - THAT’s AWESOME!!!
Alright, here is the damage (list of automatic qualifiers) for the Lady Tigers and their rankings in Class B.
1600 meters: 4th Aleah Stegar, 5:32
3200 meters: 4th Aleah Stegar, 12:06
400 relay: 2nd Ipswich, 51.82
800 relay: 3rd Ipswich, 1:50.50
1600 relay: 4th Ipswich, 4:16.85
3200 meter relay: 4th Ipswich, 10:18.61
Medley Relay: 7th - Ipswich 4:31.96
Shot put: Kamryn Heinz, Ipswich 3rd - 38’.5”
Discus: Heinz 7th - 113’
Long jump: Lily Gaston 3rd - 16’8”
Triple jump: Gaston 1st - 35’5”
Pole vault: Taylor Maurer (Tied for 1st, 10’6”, Mckenzie Evans 4th, 9’3”, Izabele McQuarie 4th, 9’3”
This is a really storied girls program and one that will certainly be in the mix for state TITLE(S) at the state track meet.