LEXINGTON — The St. Marys 3200 meter relay quartet of junior Kristen Dammeyer, junior Lexi Grothause, senior Marissa Schrolucke and junior Amanda Dues finished its season on the podium. The Roughrider distance relay team finished eighth at the Division II regional meet on Thursday.
With three of the four returning to the regional from last years 3200 relay team, the Roughriders improved eight spots from last year’s 16th place finish.
Schrolucke, the lone senior in the quartet, said it was a great way to cap her senior year.
“I’m really proud of what we did this year,” Schrolucke said. “Ending up in the top half at regional really ends my career on a really good note.”
St. Marys ran between fifth and ninth through most of the race. Being in the running for one of those four spots made this year’s experience a lot more exciting, Grothause said.
“Last year we really didn’t do as well as we expected, so coming in this year and getting eighth was pretty good,” Grothause said. “We’re hoping to come back next year and do even better.”
St. Marys ran a 10:06.92 time, carving 19 seconds off the team’s seed time.
“I wasn’t here last year because I had injured my ankle, so I didn’t know what to expect, but these guys had all been here so I felt like the freshman,” Dues said, laughing.
“We’re really happy to get eighth place and get on the podium this year, but we’re really looking for state next year and that’s our goal,” Dammeyer said.
Dues and Dammeyer will be back to Lexington on Saturday to compete in the distance competitions — Dues in the 1600 meter run and Dammeyer in the 3200 meter run.
St. Marys junior Luke Lemmerman ended his season with a 16th place finish in the boys 110 meter hurdles. He ran a 17.31-second time in the prelim race.
St. Marys senior Kelly Heitkamp will compete in the girls pole vault finals on Saturday morning, looking to get back to state for the second straight year.
Wapakoneta junior Megan Hayzlett won the girls high jump regional title with a jump of five feet, four inches.
Celina’s Michaela Wenning, competing in one of her four regional events, took second by clearing five feet, three inches.
Coldwater’s Kelsey Rammel finished seventh (5-0).