Despite their small numbers, Joseph track and field girls scored big at the Diana Thurmond Invitational track meet held at Harper on March 20. Coach John Roberts brought only three students to the meet, but each placed high in their respective events.

“It went well for the three girls we took,” Roberts said. He added he did not think some other members of the squad were ready to compete, and an FFA convention also considerably thinned down ranks of boys and girls competitors.

Roberts said Isabelle Tingelstad took first in both the 800 and 1,500 meters with times of 2:41 and 5:26, respectively. “She didn’t have much competition, but it was a good opening meet for her to set a time we can work off of,” Roberts said.

Allie Cooney took second in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 8 inches. Cooney also took fourth in the javelin with a heave of 90-plus feet.

Senior Kari Zollman, in her first year of competition, placed first in the javelin with a hurl of 100 feet six inches. “That was good for her to come out strong in the first meet. I think they’ll both (Zollman and Cooney) be in the hunt in javelin in districts,” Roberts said.

With three firsts, a second and a fourth, Roberts said he’s pleased with the results and plans to bring a larger squad to the team’s next meet at the McLoughlin High School Carnival of Speed in Milton-Freewater on April 3.

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