VERSAILLES — Minster girls track coach Jessie Magoto didn’t know how her team would look after a preseason training period filled with cold temperatures, snow and more time indoors than outdoors heading into Saturday’s opening event at the Lady Tiger Classique.
“I pretty much told them, ‘Let’s practice and compete at the same time, because we just don’t have very many options,’” Magoto said. “It was wonderful to have great weather and just relax and get some benchmark times and distances and see where we’re at.”
It turned out to be quite a practice.
On a day of temperatures crept into the mid-60s in Darke County and sunshine splashed all over the track the Wildcats roared to another Lady Tiger Classique victory in the black division with 188 points and seven first-place victories in events.
“Just to see a wide variety of areas, that’s what I like to see,” Magoto. “If we can spread things out a little more and have some depth in multiple areas, that’s a good sign early on.”
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Second-place West Liberty Salem scored 127 points. Marion Local took third with 110 points. New Bremen finished seventh in the black division with 19 points.
Madeleine Eiting won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet and 5.5 inches.
The Minster 3200 meter relay, 800 meter relay and 1600 meter relay teams all picked up wins.
Minster freshman Kaci Bornhorst won the girls 3200 meter run with a 12:46.66 time.
“That was nice to see in her first time ever racing that,” Magoto said.
Olivia Enneking won the 300 hurdles with a 49.78-second time. Teammate Maggie Meiring was right behind her in second place with a 51.55-second time.
Kelsey Richard was second in the 100 meter hurdles for the Wildcats.
“I really liked what our hurdlers did, having three of them in the finals in the 300 and get a win and two in the finals of the 100,” Magoto said.
Gabrielle Barga won the 400 meter dash with a 64.48-second time.
Minster had a pair of top-three finishers in the 200 meter dash. Sara Dahlinghaus was second (29.08) and Cassie Jutte finished third (29.35).
Minster had a pair of top-three finishers in the 800 meter run. Natalie Fausey was second (2:33.4) and Taylor Arnold was third (2:40.26).
Julia Slonkosky finished second in the 1600 meter run with a 5:42.26 time.
In the 100 meter dash, Hannah Barga was third (13.62) and Chelsea Stewart took fourth (14.09).
Russia won the orange team title with 139.5 points. Spencerville finished second with 130.5 points. New Knoxville took seventh with 35 points.
New Knoxville junior Haley Horstman finished the day with three top-four finishes in the orange division. Horstman was second in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 1.5 inches. Horstman took third in the 300 meter hurdles with a 51.38-second time and finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a 17.06-second time.
Cassie Boyle took third in the 3200 meter run with a 12:34.61 time and was also fourth in the 1600 meter run with a 5:43.27 time.
Hannah Privette took sixth in the 3200 meter run with a 13:10.93 time and seventh in the 1600 with a 6:04.66 time.