Six for state: Raiders extend streak; Burns blazes on

From Herald Staff Reports

Southridge girls track is starting to build a reputation for this kind of thing.


For the third straight year, the Raiders claimed at least one individual regional title at the girls track regional at Central Stadium in Evansville, while also continuing Southridge’s 13th consecutive season of advancing at least one athlete to the state finals, which are set for Saturday, June 3, in Bloomington. The Raiders’ most recent performance Tuesday around included a trio of personal bests.

Tori Tretter whirled the discus a personal-best 115 feet, 10 inches to swipe first place. Tretter’s showing boosted Southridge (29 points) to seventh place in the team standings as the only area sqaud to land in the top 10. Heritage Hills just missed that mark by nabbing 11th place with 21 points. Jasper finished 18th with 13 points, while Forest Park (7) tied for 26th. Evansville North (62) grazed Floyd Central (61) for the team title.

Also registering a personal-best and third place overall was Southridge’s 400-meter relay team of Kenzie Neukam, Sidney Bartelt, Grace Meece and Alexis Brady. And Raider junior Karli Meyer landed her personal best when she placed second in shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 21⁄2 inches, losing out on a first-place tie by only a half-inch. The top three finishers in each individual event advance to the state finals.

Tretter landed an eighth-place spot at regional last season, but this year she ascended to first by beating out Indiana All-Star basketball player Zion Sanders of Evansville Central by 4 inches. Tretter’s regional heave was an improvement of more than 10 feet from her sectional throw, which placed second behind Jasper’s Erin Lyons, who just missed the state cut with fourth place as the Wildcats’ top regional finisher. Anna Altstadt added to Southridge’s collection of head-of-the-pack finishes by zipping to fourth place in the 400 (1:01.29).


Heritage Hills sophomore Jenna Burns nabbed her second straight state finals appearance by zooming to second place in the 200 dash in 26.04, just three-hundredths of a second behind Makinzi Meurer of North Knox (26.01). Similar to last season, Burns sliced nearly a second off her 200 time from sectional to regional, dropping from 26.95 in her championship sectional outing this season to 26.04 at regional.

In the 400 relay, Kerragan Mulzer, Kayla Blake, Lindsey Blake and Burns grabbed sixth place for the Patriots, while the 1,600 team of Kayla, Sifra Kuiper, Burns and Mulzer secured the same standing. The Pats’ 3,200 relay team of Ella Green, Madison Hagedorn, Caitlin Lueken and Lydia Genet locked down eighth place.

Heritage Hills collected three more top-10 finishes individually, with Burns (100) and Abby Wahl (shot put) each netting sixth place and Lueken notching 10th in the 3,200. Mulzer also ran 12th in the 400, while Madison Hagedorn earned 14th in the 3,200 and Malareah Balbach claimed 18th in the pole vault.

After Lyons’ fourth-place result, Jasper’s top finishes came courtesy of their distance runners. Senior Tara Cassidy scored seventh in the 800 and eighth in the 1,600, respectively, while Alyssa Skorge added a seventh-place time in the 1,600. Kayla Mehne (ninth in shot put, 12th in discus), Marissa Bradley (15th in shot put), Zoe Biggs (12th in pole vault), Chloe Smith (eighth in pole vault), Leah Schnell (12th in 3,200), Olivia Ruckriegel (14th in the 400) and Hannah Nixon (12th in the 300 hurdles) rounded out the individual Wildcat contingent. Jasper also took home seventh place in the 3,200 relay with the quartet of Skorge, Kate Weaver, Schnell and Cassidy.

Forest Park’s 3,200 relay team of Josie Berg, Ali Pund, Sarah Pund and Claire Mehling finished 13th, while Hannah Gehlhausen landed the Rangers’ top individual placement of sixth in pole vault, just missing out on her second straight trip to state. Brandee Johannemann collected the 10th-best time in the 300 hurdles, while Mehling took 11th in the 1,600.

Northeast Dubois’ 1,600 relay team of Maddy Laux, Heidi Sander, Shelby Livingston and Jessica Kahle earned 12th place for the Jeeps, with Sander also placing 16th in long jump.

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