CRETE – The Raymond Central girls track and field team finished runner-up at the season opening Class C Indoor Invitational held at Doane University on March 18.
The girls finished behind only Bishop Neumann in the team standings after piling up 56.5 points.
The bulk of the points came in the field events where the Mustangs were able to finish with three gold medals.
Senior jumper Grace Mueller picked up right where she left off two years ago when she medaled in the long jump and triple jump events as a sophomore at the state championships.
Mueller won both events in Doane. Her mark of 17-3 in the long jump is one of the top jumps in the state this season. She also won the triple jump with a mark of 34-9.
Senior teammate Lauren Prososki added 10 points after winning the shot put with a mark of 35-6.
The Mustangs had three placers in the high jump including freshman Kamarin Simmons who finished third after clearing 4-6. Junior Emaree Harris and freshman Maddie Lubischer also added medals in the event.
Junior Rachel Potter and freshman Adelyn Heiss also secured medals in the triple jump.
Senior Halle Heiss led the Mustangs on the track with sparkling performances in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events.
Heiss finished runner-up in the 60-meter dash after breaking the tape with a time of 8.49 seconds. She also finished fifth in the 200 (29.63).
Lubischer flashed her speed while finishing fourth in the 200 (29.21) and sixth in the 400-meter dash (69.4).
Harris and junior Autumn Haislet finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 60-meter hurdles.
All of the boys points came in the field events.
Junior Andrew Otto scored 10 points at the meet after finishing third in the triple jump (39-11.5) and fourth in the high jump (5-10).
Senior Christian Schweitzer took home gold in the shot put after easily out-distancing the competition with a throw of 46-1.5.
He also added a fourth place medal in the discus with a mark of 125-7.