MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls' track squad had a goal of scoring 100 points at the Rocket Relays, run here on April 21, and exceeded that goal, finishing with a total of 103.
Although veteran coach Ric Collins said he feels they could have won the meet if all his athletes were healthy, that wasn't the case, so the Eagles' 103 points only netted then third place in the six-team field.
Collins said the meet was the team's "best yet for our field events," as they snagged two places in each of three events - the discus, shot put and high jump. MMC did not have anyone entered in the long jump. Freshman Jackie Holmes took 3rd in the shot (30-8 1/2) and 5th in the discus (80-7); soph Taylor Hohbach won the discus with a throw of 91-4 , and also placed 5th in the shot, with a toss of 29-4 1/2; sophomores Ashley Schneider and Jena Mittelstadt tied for 2nd in the high jump with leaps of 4-4.
On the track, first place finishes were earned by Ashley Schneider in the 200 meters, with a time of 28.2, and by the 4 x 200 and sprint medley teams. Amanda Hoefling, Rachel McDermott, Ashley Schneider and Jena Mittelstadt were the members of both of those quartets, with McDermott and Schneider running the 2-3 legs and Hoefling and Mittelstadt switching off on leadoff and anchor, with Hoefling running leadoff in the 4 x 200 and Mittelstadt in the Medley. Eagle times were 1:55.7 for the 4 x 200 and 2:07.7 for the Medley.
Jill Bird took second place in the 3000 meter run, running in a time of 13:05.0; Rachel McDermott placed third in the 400 meter hurdles (1:19.0), as did the Shuttle Hurdle team of Ashley Hoefling, Megan Deichmann, Kelsey Brady and Jenna Johnson, with a time of 1:22, and the 4 x 100 team of McDermott, Deichmann, Brady and Amanda Hoefling, in a time of 58.9.