Girls track and field: Oregon returns every member of three state-qualifying relays | Sports

Few teams return as much sprinting firepower as the Oregon girls track team this season.

The Panthers bring back every member that ran on the state-qualifying 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams last year.

Oregon senior Delaney Nyenhuis headlines a standout core after finishing third place in the 800 at the WIAA Division 1 state meet last year. Nyenhuis ran the 800 in 2 minutes, 15.3 seconds and her time earned her Wisconsin Track and Field Federation All-State honors.

The runners back from the 1,600 relay team are seniors Belah Fry, Reese Evans, Sophie Herweijer and Nyenhuis – who took 13th in the preliminaries (4:10.36) at state last season.

In the season-opening Tri-State Large School Invitational on Friday, March 15, the Panthers’ 1,600 relay team of Herweijer, Evans, Fry and Nyenhuis won the race with a time of 4:30.01.

Oregon took second place in the invite with 107 points. Waunakee captured the team title with 125 points.

The Panthers’ 400 relay team of seniors Emma Schell, Addie Peters, Anna Johnson and Herweijer are all back looking to make a return trip to the state meet in La Crosse after taking 16th in the prelims last season.

“The expectation is to focus on the here and now mastering while working toward technical proficiencies and honing the warrior spirit,” Oregon coach Ned Lease said.

The Panthers’ sprinters got off to a strong start. Oregon took the top two spots in the 55 dash in the opener. Peters won the 55 (7.70) and Schell took second (7.85). Peters also won the title in the long jump (14-7.5). Sophomore Jaclyn Schelitzche won the 200 (27.87).

The trio of Schell, Herweijer, Nyenhuis, along with Schelitzche combined to take 16th in the 800 relay prelims at state last year.

The quartet of Schell, Peters, Johnson and Herweijer will each contribute in the open sprint events.

Fry and Evans will team with Nyenhuis to lead the Panthers in many distance events.

The Panthers’ 3,200 relay team of Ava Weink, Kate Konopacki, Hansen and Ava Dybevik-Skripka finished fourth (11:58.59). The Panthers’ 800 relay of Johnson, Lilah Davis, Rae Babler and Ana Hansen placed fifth (2:03.71).

Oregon’s Annabelle Schwarz took first in the high jump with a jump of 5-0.

“Annabelle has had a great offseason and is already making noise in the high jump,” Lease said.

The Panthers had two of the top three in the 55 hurdles in the opener. Johnson took second (9.47) and Schwarz placed third (9.91). Bizzy Vieaux took second in the pole vault (8-0).

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