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Notre Dame track and field has 17 advance to state meet

Notre Dame track and field junior Abbie Spooler won the Class 3 Sectional 1 Championship in pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, three inches on Saturday at Park Hills Central. Photo by Nick McNeal

After making history two weekends ago by winning its first district championship in five seasons, the Notre Dame girls track and field team continued to impress by qualifying for the Class 3 State Meet in 11 events at Saturday’s sectional.

The Bulldogs won a total of five gold medals at the Class 3 Sectional 1 Meet as the team’s star senior runner Lauren Eftink won all three of her individual races.

Eftink will compete in the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs at state as she won sectional championships in each event with times of two minutes, 22.28 seconds, 5:20.77 and 11:51.08, respectively.

Also bringing home sectional gold was Notre Dame’s standout on the field junior Abbie Spooler, who won yet another championship in the event with a vault of 11 feet, three inches.

Lastly, an up and comer for the Bulldogs in sophomore Grayson Maurer won her first sectional championship in triple jump as she recorded a leap of 34-1.75.

Eftink and Maurer will also compete together at this weekend’s state meet as members of the 4×400-meter relay team that took second place (4:13.64) at sectionals. Notre Dame’s other two members of the 4×400 squad are junior Lily Carr and sophomore Lily Brotherton.

Maurer and Carr are also going to compete at state as members of the 4×100-meter relay team with senior Madelyn White and sophomore Emmie Gamel. This squad took third at sectionals, posting a finish of 51.71.

The third and final relay team heading to the state meet is the 4×800-meter squad, which also placed third at 10:44.01. It’s comprised of junior Lyla Martin, sophomores Lily Coy, Sydney Essner and freshman Victoria Avila Henao.

Advancing to state on the field with Spooler and Maurer was senior Emma Duenne and sophomore Claire Pfautsch. Duenne took second and third place in discus (117-8) and shot put (32-9), respectively. Pfautsch took second behind Maurer in triple jump at 34-1.

Even though Notre Dame’s boys team didn’t win a sectional championship, it still had five runners qualify for state. Freshman Trenton Powell placed in the top four of two events, which were the 300 and 110-meter hurdles at second (41.49) and third (16.03), respectively.

The only other silver medalist for the Bulldogs boys team was sophomore Jackson Jones as he placed second in the 3200 by crossing the finish line at 10:35.76.

Lastly, two upperclassmen placed third in their individual events to reach state: senior Jacob Brown took third in the 100-meter dash (11.03) and junior Michael Givens finished third overall in the 3200 (10:36.71).

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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