COLUMBIA — Last year Ste. Genevieve advanced several athletes to the state meet, but were unable to score any points or all-state medals.
That didn't happen again this year.
Marysa Flieg had the Dragons' top finish, four of her teammates earned all-state honors, and Ste. Genevieve tied for ninth place in Saturday's Class 3 state meet with 22 points at Walton Stadium.
"I'm just proud," said first-year head coach Tyne Huck. "They really went out and just laid it out on the line and use their training. It's everything we've talked about. Ninth in the state is pretty exciting, and we have a lot of underclassmen as well. That's another thing that's pretty exciting. For them to get that exposure, the experience and to do well and become all-state athletes on top of it is extremely rewarding. I'm like a proud mom over here. We just are extremely proud of them and all that they've accomplished this year."
Flieg, a sophomore, had a strong showing in javelin last year, but didn't make it through districts. This time was different as Flieg capped off the postseason with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches to take second place. Her throw at state reset reset her school record, which was set at districts and sectionals earlier.
Flieg didn't have much time to rest as she joined Julia McKlin, Maci Reynolds and Sarah Moore for the 4x800-meter relay. The relay team hovered between seventh and ninth place, but Flieg moved Ste. Genevieve up a couple of spots in the final leg to help lead the team to a fifth-place finish in 10:16.14.
"She [Flieg] kind of starts things off for us usually in a meet anyway," said Huck. "She went into that 4x8 real jacked up, and so did everybody else. We knew thatwe were going to have to run our best in order in order to place, and they did."
"The whole time I was thinking I had to do it for Sarah because it's her last year," Flieg said. "Last year we weren't able to make it to state, and she didn't get any medals. I figured I'd do it for her since it's her last year."
Due to the meet being relocated to Columbia and rescheduled for one day, the preliminaries started the track events. Megan Aubuchon took second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.9 to set the school record and reach the finals. The finals accepts the winner in each heat and the next six best times.
McKlin missed the cut as she had a time of 15.68 to finish ninth. She was just a hundreth of a second from the eighth and final spot, and last season she missed the finals by two thousandths of a second.
"Julia is very motivated regardless," Huck said. "That's just kind of her personality. I think that it made her angry. When she gets angry, she's a little more determined. She looked at me afterwards and was like, 'It ain't happening next year.' I 100 percent believe that next year we'll see her in the finals."
"It's super encouraging to know that I was that close," McKlin said. "I just makes me push harder every practice for next year to hopefully get top eight."
In the 100m hurdle finals Aubuchon had a time of 14.98 to take fifth place. Trinity Catholic's four hurdlers swept the event.
"I pushed myself to like do better at state, but since it got moved, it seemed like a normal meet," Aubuchon said. "It didn't make me as nervous."
"She came back with a fire in her," Huck said about Aubuchon. "It was nice for her to get the exposure of being at state. She came back and was bound and determined that she was going to be an all-state athlete, and she sure was."
Reynolds and Aubuchon both reached the podium in the 300m hurdles with times of 47.02 and 47.4 for fifth and eighth place respectively. It was the second all-state medal for Reynolds, who missed most of last season due to an injury.
Flieg, McKlin, Aubuchon and Reynolds got together to run the 4x400m relay for the final eventh of the day. The four notched a personal best of 4:10.53 to finish eighth.
See complete coverage in the May 29 edition.
Top 10 Teams
1. Trinity Catholic — 118, 2. John Burroughs — 59, 3. Knob Noster and Cardinal Ritter (tie) — 29, 5. Eldon — 27, 6. Christian — 26, 7. Pembroke Hill — 24, 8. Odessa — 23, 9. Ste. Genevieve, Lawson and Lutheran South (tie) — 22
Ste. Gen. All-State
4x800m Relay — 5th: Julia McKlin, Maci Reynolds, Sarah Moore, Marysa Flieg — 10:16.14
100m Hurdles — 5th: Megan Aubuchon — 14.98
300m Hurdles — 5th: Reynolds — 47.02, 8th: Aubuchon — 47.4
4x400m Relay — 8th: Flieg, McKlin, Aubuchon, Reynolds — 4:10.53 PB
Javelin — 2nd: Flieg — 131-5
Other State Results
100m Hurdles Prelims — 2nd: Aubuchon — 14.9, 9th — McKlin — 15.68
Pole Vault — Jaden Wehner — No height recorded
1,600m Run — 12th: Moore — 5:53.38
High Jump — 9th: Aubuchon — 5-0