Relay teams lead La Porte girls to 4th-place finish at DAC meet
ST. JOHN – A fourth-place finish for the La Porte girls track team at Tuesday night’s Duneland Athletic Conference Meet at Lake Central was a satisfactory enough result for Slicers coach Corbin Slater.
What made Slater especially happy was the performance of La Porte’s 400-meter relay squad – Lauren Anglin, Nichole Flowers, Janelle O’Neal, and Riley Tuerff – which edged Merrillville and captured the event with a time of 49.78.
It was one of two first-place finishes turned in by La Porte, which also won the 3,200-meter relay and finished the meet with 93 points – right in the running with conference champion Lake Central (124), Valparaiso (105) and Merrillville (105).
“It has to be about 30 years since we’ve been able to win a four-by-one in a conference championship,” Slater said of the Slicers. “That’s one of those statistics that it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to put a team like that together – a group of seniors and upperclassmen who have been mainstays on this team.
“Overall, it was a pretty solid day. Kat Shuble ran three incredible races: the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and an incredible split in the four-by-800 to seal the deal for that event. There was some strain on her legs, but she’s so mentally tough and such a gamer. She goes out there and gives everything for her team.”
Shuble grabbled second-place finishes in the 800 (2:17.38) and 1,600 (5:23.23), coming in two seconds behind Valparaiso’s Ava Gilliana in both events. In the 3,200 relay, Shuble joined Jennny Noll, Shelby Riehle, and Ariana Steele for the win (9:32.5).
“I had a 2:14 as the anchor in the 3,200, which is what I’ve been training hard for,” Shuble said. “If I can translate that into my open 800, that would be even better. I was happy with my performance in both the 800 and 1,600 – not losing but happy with the performance.”
Slater also singled out the performance of Tuerff, who finished second in the 100 Hurdles (15.61) and 300 Hurdles (46.08), finishing only behind Lake Central’s Destiny Washington in both events.
“Riley broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles,” Slater said. “She looked amazing out there. She’s just getting back from that hip injury and is getting more and more in shape each and every week. And Shelby Reihle finished second in the 3,200 (11:25.87).
“There’s things to improve on for next week, but I’m very proud of the way my girls competed and put everything out there.”
Tuerff said Tuesday’s meet was a definite turning point for her personal season.
“This was the best meet for me feeling-wise as far a feeling healthy,” she said. “I’ve been waiting all season to feel this good. I’ve just been so used to being injured. I’m definitely ready to rest the next couple of days, but I’ll be ready for next Tuesday waiting to tear it up.”
Michigan City, which rounded out the meet with 25 points, was led by Jonai Ashley’s third-place finish in the long jump (17-0.5), Meghan Miller’s fourth-place finish in the pole vault (10-0), Brittney Adams’ sixth place tally in the discus (101-3).
“The girls were competing hard and doing a good job,” Wolves coach Lucas Snyder said. “We had different girls going out for different events, which is good. The Ashley twins both did a great job in the long jump and reached the finals. Jael Martin had a good prelim in the 100 hurdles.
“We’re just getting ready for next week.”