Girls 4x400 team wins state title
The Prairie track team brought home 6 state medals highlighted by the girls 4x400 team placing first at the State Track Meet at Boise May 20-21.
The team of Keely Schmidt, Claire Whitley, Shelby VonBargen and MaKayla Schaeffer won with a time of 4:17.52 beating their best time of the season by about 8 seconds and missing out on the school record by only 2 seconds.
The same group also took second place in the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:50.69 which is also only 2 second shy of the school record. With all 3 sophomores and a junior making up the team they’ll have a good shot at the school records next year.
Schaeffer also had 2 individual second place finishes as she was second in the triple jump with a mark of 33’10” and second in the long jump with a mark of 16’5”.
Brock Heath earned the other two state medals with a 2nd place finish in the 1600 in 4:42.86 and third in the 3200 in 10:15.72.
Josh Roeper placed 15th in the boys shot put at 35’¼”.
Josh Zigler placed 14th in the boys discus at 107’1”.
Demetria Riener placed 15th in the girls shot put with a mark of 28’3½”.
The boys medley team of Josh Roeper, Dakota Wilson, Justin Schmidt and Heath placed 7th in a time of 3:55.77.
In the team standings the girls team tied for 8th place with 34 points while the boys team tied for 17th with 16 points.

The girls 4x400 team celebrates on the podium as they are about to receive their gold medals for winning the event at the State Track Meet. Keely Schmidt holds up the baton as she stands next the MaKayla Schaeffer. Behind them are Shelby VonBargen and Claire Whitley. Photo by Michelle Schaeffer.
Brock Heath in the 1600 at State where he placed 2nd. He was 3rd in the 3200. Photo by Michelle Schaeffer.
MaKayla Schaeffer’s face shows the effort she put into the triple jump where she placed 2nd at state. She was also 2nd in the long jump.
Shelby VonBargen hands off to Claire Whitley in the 4x200 relay where they finished in 2nd place.
Josh Zigler in the state discus competition. Photo by Michelle Schaeffer.

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