By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s girls and boys track teams had a strong start to the track season last week, with the girls winning both meets and the boys winning a three-way meet and falling in a close dual meet.
The Lady Eagles beat Northfield and Lakewood Christian Academy by a score of 98-31-25, respectively, and topped Heritage 85-43.
The boys beat Northfield and Lakeland Christian Academy by a score of 95-36-21. The Eagles fell to Heritage 72-60.
In the three-way meet, the Lady Eagles swept both the 200- and 400-yard dashes. Sierra Prezmiliski and Brook Konger took first and second in the 200, respectively, and Madeline Richards and Miranda Mallot came in first and second in the 400.
Freshman Audrey Zeigler won both hurdles events and Heidi Zeigler placed second and third in the 100 and 300 hurdles, respectively.
The Lady Eagles’ relay teams won all three events, the 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Kate Schumann and Maggie Burrita came in second and third in the 800-yard run, respectively. Burrita finished second in the 1,600-yard run.
Brien Gross placed second in the 100-yard dash.
Kaitlynn Gaerte finished second and Breanna Lehman was third in the 3,200-yard run.
In field events, Churubusco swept the throwing events, placing first through third in shot put and first through fourth in discus. Shot-putters, in order of placing, were Chassie Gallmeier, Madison Gaff and Kilah Smith. Smith won the discus, Gallmeier placed second, Gaff came in third and Callie Lemper finished fourth.
Burrita won the pole vault and Prezmiliski finished second in long jump. The girls finished second through fourth in high jump: Jade Rouch, Kilah Smith and Audrey Zeigler.
In the three-way meet for the boys, Cody Murphy won the 200-yard dash. Eli Lantz won the 800-yard run and Keily won the 1,600-yard run.
The Eagles swept the hurdles, with Anderson winning the 110-yard hurdles and Sam Wood placing second. Tommy Richards finished first in the 300-yard hurdles and Max Anderson came in second.
’Busco also swept the throwing events in the boys’ meet, with Garret Horn winning shootout followed by Brayden Simmons and Tanner Allen in third. Simmons won the discus, Horn took second, Christian Riddle finished third and Allen in fourth.
The boys also won all three relay events: the 400-, 1,600-, and 3,200-yard relays.
The boys placed first and second in pole vault, led by Wood and Brandon Kolvoord. Gage Kelly won the long jump.
Gage Kelly finished third and Cody Murphy fourth in the 100-yard dash. Brandt Parsons placed second and Shawn Prater third in the 400-yard dash.
In boys high jump, Tommy Richards and Ethan Partin tied for third.
In the dual meet against Heritage, the girls swept the discus event, with Gaff, Gallmeier and Kilah Smith taking first through third.
In shot put, Gallmeier placed second and Gaff third.
Burrita won the pole vault, and Audrey Zeigler won the high jump. Zeigler also won both hurdle races.
Kate Schumann won the 800-yard run and Mallot won the 400-yard dash. Prezmiliski won the 200 and placed third in the 100 behind teammate Gross.
The boys were led by Brayden Simmons, who won both shot put and discus. Horn placed second in both events. Allen came in third in shot put and Reece Wicker finished third in discus. The throwing events amounted to 18 of the Eagles’ 60 points.
Wood won the pole vault, followed by Brandon Kolvoord in second and Bryce Kolvoord in third. Wood also won the 300-yard hurdles and placed third in the 110 hurdles.
Anderson won the 110-yard hurdles, 100-yard dash and 200-yard dash, and Brandt Parsons won the 400.