By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
It was almost as if 2020 had never happened.
Both the Valle Catholic boys and girls track squads rolled to Class 1, District 1 championships Saturday at Dexter, making the lack of a 2020 spring season just a bad memory.
The Valle boys tallied 236 points to runnerup St. Paul Lutheran’s 83.3. The girls also won handily with 192.2 points to second-place Delta’s 120.
The boys won 11 of 12 running events and also saw Cory Stoll win the long jump and Mitchell Meyer win the triple jump.
For the girls, Valle dominated the relay events and Katie Kertz won the pole vault.
On the boys’ side, Cory Stoll won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.39 seconds. Luke McClure was second, at 11.63.
McClure, meanwhile, won the 200 with a 23.32; 2 mark, while Stoll was second, at 23.54.
Mitchell Meyer won the 400, with a time of 54.65, while Braden Coleman was second, at 55.10.
The Warriors also dominated in the distance events.
In the 800, Josh Hoog took the title, at 2:09.33, while Josef Flieg was second, at 2:13.01.
The 1600-meter competition saw Peter Roth win it with a 5:07.98 time, and Josef Flieg, place second, in 5:14.83.
Roth also won the 3200, with a time of 10:20.23.
Meanwhile, Jordan Bales and Sam Drury were No. 1 and No. 2 in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Bales’ times were 16.83 and 43.64, and Drury’s 17.33 and 46.02.
Mitchell Meyer leaped 38-feet-3.25 inches to win the triple jump, while Dominic Griffard was fifth, at 32-01.00.
Bryce Giesler won the javelin with a heave of 126-06.
Joseph Flieg was second in the pole vault (9-11.25) and Eli Fallert third (9-05.25), while Drury was third in the high jump (5-04.25. Sam Drury
For the girls, the 4×200 relay team of Sam Loida, Rachel Valle, Hailey Weibrecht and Ashlyn Klump took first place with a 1:55.41 time.
The 4×400 team of Sam Loida, Katie Kertz, Hailey Weibrecht and Rachel Valle also took first, at 4:28.50, while the 4×800 crew of Rachel Valle, Camryn Basler, Katie Kertz, Nicole Valle) also won the gold with a time of 11:35.80.
The sprint relay also placed, the 4 x 100 crew of Olivia Ayers, Haylie Eller, Elissa Blackmon and Daija Gray finishing fourth, at 1:04.82.
Katie Kertz won the pole vault, with a vault of 7-06.50, while Lillian Hoog was second, at 6-00.75.
Ella Bertram was third in the high jump (4-06) and Ashlyn Klump fourth (4-04).
In the long jump, Hailey Weibrecht placed second (14-02.50) and Abigail Marzuco fifth (12-11.25).
Hailey Weibrecht was third in the triple jump (30-04.25, and Marzuco, fourth (28-06.50).
Bertram also had a good day in throwing events. She finished second in the shot-put (36-08.50), the discus (86-11) and the javelin (86.10).
Brianna Hibbits, also placed in two of the throwing events. She was fourth in discus (70-01) and seventh in shot (24-09.25.)
The top four in each event move on to sectional action against the top four placers in Class 1, District 2. The top four there will advance to the state meet.
“District is a qualifying round, so we ran just to get them out,” said longtime coach Samer Zoughaib. “Now we have to run at sectionals, regardless of the competition. We have to put ourselves in the best position to compete at state.”
Having good results at sectionals takes on an even higher importance this year, thanks to changes at the state meet.
“The state meet is no longer has preliminary rounds, so what we run at sectionals determines if we end up in the fast or slow heat,” Zoughaib said.