Ram girls start track/field season indoors at UNI

Snow is still deep on the ground but the Ram girls track team is already competing, with its first indoor meet March 4 at the AD Dickinson Relays on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Sophomore Brianna Osterson had the best Ram finishes at the meet, placing 29th in the long jump with a leap of 15’ 1”, 30th in the 400 m dash in 1:05.45, and 43rd in the 60m dash in 8.58 seconds.

Girls track and field coach Derek Merk noted Osterson’s 400m dash time was nearly four seconds faster than her time a year ago. He was also pleased with Madison Sigler’s time of 71.03, as this is her first season running track and her first 400m race. Sophia Ausberger finished in 76.47.

All three Ram competitors in the 60m dash set personal records. Paige Heaning ran in 8.79 and Tieryn Tucker clocked 8.91.

Brooklyn Olson started the season well in the shot put with a throw of 31’ 4”, nearly four feet farther than she threw in early March a year ago. Brianna Habben’s distance was 26’ 5.5”.

Melanie Doran, Makala Kafer, Maddy Sigler and Paige Heaning ran the 4 X 200 relay in 2:00.60. Doran, Kafer and Heaning were part of the relay last year; their time this year was 3 second faster.

Other finishes were 200m dash, Kafer 29.61, Janelle Brophy 30.52, and Megan Doran 32.55; 60m hurdles Melanie Doran 11.13, Izzy Bravard 11.43, and Lily Muir 11.90; and long jump, Janelle Brophy 14’06”.

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