Last Saturday, the Notre Dame Track and Field teams opened their 2017 season at the James Gardiner Catholic Schools Invitational, an indoor meet at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. The boys team placed sixth out of eight schools while the girls team finished fourth.
The girls team turned in strong performances in both the track and in field events. Starting with distance events, junior Lauren Neiheisel placed fourth in the mile with a time of 5:28.56, followed by sophomore Lexi Case in 5:55.18, and freshman Jennifer Ohlsson in 5:57.05. Ohlsson followed that performance with a fourth place finish in the 3000m run in 11:01.81.
In the distance medley relay, the team of Neiheisel, sophomore Maddie Scherle, Case, and Ohlsson finished first in 12:38.12. In sprint events, sophomore Paige Gollinger took fourth in the 60m dash in 8.74 and junior Katelyn Kozole was ninth in 8.94. In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Kaylee Wilson placed eighth in 13.05. In relays, the team of junior Anna Miklas, junior Claire Seitzinger, junior Meredith Tiller, and Scherle took seventh in the 4x400m and Kozole, Gollinger, Tiller, and Neiheisel combined for fourth in the sprint medley relay in 4:48.40.
In field events, freshman Katherine Topolski was second in the shot put with a toss of 30’ 4.5” followed by junior Destiny Sandle in eighth at 24” 11.5”. In the long jump, Scherle placed fourth in 13’ 7.75” and sophomore Mary Bonema was seventh with a leap of 13’ 0.25”.
On the boys side, junior Niko Fraser claimed his first high school invitational title, placing first in the 3000m in 9:27.06. Fraser also joined sophomore Mitch Guest, junior John Pieper, and freshman James Ohlsson for second in the distance medley relay. Pieper also competed in the mile, placing fifth in 4:53.18. In sprints, junior Thomas Below was eighth in the 60m dash in 7.60, while junior Eric Silver finished fifth in the 400m dash in 57.12. Below and Pieper teamed with sophomore Luke Cummings and senior Andrew Blocki for seventh in the sprint medley relay.