By ERIC X. VICCARO
CAPE GIRARDEAU — The Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ track and field team has plenty of senior talent.
That talent was full display Saturday at the season-opening Frozen Invitational on the Cape Notre Dame Regional High School campus.
Senior college prospects Megan Aubuchon (Central Methodist) and Marysa Flieg (Southeast Missouri State) plus Maci Reynolds and Gwen McKlin helped the Dragons to a third-place tie with Festus, scoring 83 points.
“To place third as a team this early in the season was very exciting,” said head girls’ coach Tyne Huck. “We saw a lot of good competition, and put up some good results because of it.”
The Ste. Genevieve boys excelled most in the distance medley relay, placing 11th overall in the team standings with 16 points.
“It was nice to have the boys get a meet in for the first time in more than a year,” said first-year head boys’ coach Corey Samples. “We had a lot of them not only compete for the first time in a year, but compete in events for the first time ever. Everyone gave great effort, and I was completely satisfied.”
Huck said this is the earliest in March the Dragons have had a counted meet.
Aubuchon was the gold standard in the high jump with a leap of 1.57 meters, taking top honors based on fewer misses over Delta’s Kendall Hollweg.
She also was golden in the 100-meter hurdles (16.66), 1.7 seconds faster than Jill Heath from DeSoto. Aubuchon and Reynolds went back-to-back in the 300 hurdles with respective times of 49.18 and 50.35 for first and second place.
Maggie Myracle came through with a fourth-place finish in the discus, marking at 26.35 meters, roughly four meters behind Festus thrower Taylor McMillan.
Continuing in the field, Flieg marked at 38.81 meters to win gold in her expertise — the javelin. Teammate Etta Heller was sixth (26.42m). Heller and Jamison Kemper were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the shot put with marks of 9.17 and 9.03m.
The 800-meter relay quartet of Reynolds, McKlin, Alissa Grass and Karissa Holst placed fourth (2:02.59). The distance medley relay group of Flieg, Dakotah Meadows, Alison Braun and Cylie Carlson was sixth (15:04.53).
Carlson also was sixth in the 3,200-meter run (13:27.55). McKlin also placed eighth in the 400-meter dash, recording a time of 1:11.96 — with all running events as timed heats.
On the boys’ side, the Dragons’ distance medley relay foursome of Levi Wiegand, Taylen Bader, Nathan St. Clair and anchor leg Devin St. Clair placed third in 11:52.44, about 13 seconds behind winner Festus.
Devin St. Clair and Nathan St. Clair were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 3,200 run with times of 10:37.33 and 10:56.75.
Ste. Genevieve’s Austin McBride powered through for a fifth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 33.64 meters, about six meters behind inner Ian McPherson from Northwest Cedar Hill.
Wrapping up the meet, Ste. Genevieve’s girls claimed a silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay with McKlin, Flieg, Aubuchon and Reynolds clocking in at 4:30.56.
Meanwhile, the Dragon boys’ foursome of Nolan Walls, Bader, Jack Farlow and Wiegand was seventh (3:55.13), also in the 1,600-meter relay.