Beckman’s girls’ track and field team took eighth place in the team standings at the West Delaware Invitational, April 22.
Maria Kruse came in second, in the 3,000 (11:09.89), in the process breaking by 22 seconds a 23-year-old school record, then added two thirds, in the long jump (15-4) and 1,500 (5:22.25).
Coach Todd Troutman said, “Coach (Ryan) Meissner tells me Maria ran a near-perfect race and completely executed the plan they came up with. Maria is an extremely talented runner and is learning how to translate her success in cross country to events on the track. She dropped a minute off her best time and shattered the school record in the process, a time that currently puts her about sixth in Class 2A.”
Kiersten Schmitt took second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.66), .06 behind winner Libby Felton, of Cascade. She joined Nell McDermott, Abby Knepper and Addie Koelker for second in the shuttle hurdle (1:11.99).
Julia Mertz was fifth in the 1,500 (5:445.76) and joined the distance medley team of McDermott, Izzy Lutgen and Kennedy Recker for sixth (4:58.37).
Grace Helle placed eighth in shot (32-11) as did the 4x100 team of Knepper, Koelker, McKenna Milbert and Valery Meyer(55.27).
In the team race, it was Denver with 112, far ahead of the rest of the field. Central Elkader was next with 55, followed by Independence 53, Marion 52, Western Dubuque 49, Vinton-Shellsburg 42, BHS 40, Union 37.5, Cascade 35, Dike-New Hartford 31, Maquoketa Valley and Ed-Co 19.