Minsters Wins 4x800; Qualify For Finals In Other Relays

Minster's Cassie Francis leads the field of runners in the first leg of the girls 4x800-meter relay at the Division III state track and field meet.
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In their quest for that elusive state title, the Minster Wildcats girls track team got off on the right foot coming out of the gate.

In Day 1 of the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Wildcats improved on their third place finish in 2017 to being crowned champions on Friday.

The Wildcats foursome of Cassie Francis, Kaitlynn Albers, Emma Watcke and Madeline Magoto eclipsed last years’ time of 9:22.16 with the top time of 9:18.41, beating out runners-up Gilmour Academy by just under 12 seconds with a time of 9:30.20.

The Wildcats also had their 4x200-meter relay team of Paige Thobe, Jessica Falk, Lillian Hirschfeld and Ivy Wolf qualify to the finals Saturday with a ninth-place time of 1:47.22.

The top nine times — top two from each heat plus the next five best times - advance to finals —

And that same team also qualified in the 4x100 with a seventh place time of 50.80.

In the final relay event of the day, the 4x400, Minster's quartet of Francis, Courtney Prenger, Janae Hoying and Magoto finished with a seventh-place time of 4:03.41, advancing them to the finals Saturday.

Through the first event in girls track play, Minster leads Gilmour Academy, 10-8, followed by Mount Gilead with 6 points.