Hornettes Win Third Straight Sectional Championship

The Nashville Hornettes track team won their third straight Sectional title on May 11. Back Row: Autumn Evans, Annabelle Epplin, Kiley Heidel, Havalen Pierce, Kayla Ivey, and Kylie Kozuszek. Middle Row: Destyn Hausner, Sydney Schnitker, Sabrina Kollbaum, Cayla Krueger, Raqui Elliott, and Jadah Heidel. Front Row: Carli Hoffman, Brittnie Bartling, Rachael Kell, Josie Middleton, Jaylyn Bower, Delaney Varel, and Grace Maschhoff.

The Nashville Hornettes girls track team again will be well-represented at the IHSA Class 1A State Track Meet after winning the IHSA Class 1A Nashville Sectional on May 11. The Hornettes qualified for State in eight events on their way to a third straight Sectional Championship. Overall the Hornettes will send nine girls to the State Track meet which begins on Thursday at Eastern Illinois University.. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Running events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The Hornettes finished well ahead of the competition in the IHSA Class 1A Nashville Sectional. The Hornettes finished with 121 points. Second place was Althoff with 79 points. Chester finished third, followed by Wesclin in fourth. Okawville rounded out the top five.

The Hornettes qualified for State in four field events. Sydney Schnitker won both Long Jump and Triple Jump to advance in each event. Schnitker jumped 16’4” in the Long Jump, and 35’2.75” in the Triple Jump. Josie Middleton finished atop the leaderboard in the Discus with a throw of 104’2” to advance to State for the second consecutive year. Carli Hoffman also advanced to State for the second consecutive year in the Shot Put with a throw of 34’2”.

In the running events the Hornettes got off to a strong start as they advanced to State in the 4X800M Relay with a second place finish. The team of Kylie Kozuszek, Grace Maschhoff, Kiley Heidel, and Sabrina Kollbaum finished with a time of 10:30.05. Jadah Heidel advanced to State in three running events. Jadah Heidel won the 100M Hurdles with a time of 16.57, which broke her own school record. Jadah Heidel finished second in the 300M Hurdles with a time of 48.73. Jadah Heidel was then the anchor for the 4X400M Relay team alongside Kiley Heidel, Delaney Varel, and Kollbaum who finished second in the final race of the night with a time of 4:20.79.

Nashville also had four third place finishes at Sectionals. Kozuszek finished third in the Pole Vault. Havalen Pierce finished third in the 3200M Run. Maschhoff finished third in the 1600M Run. The final third place finish came from the team of Destyn Hausner, Kozuszek, Schnitker, and Kayla Ivey in the 4X200M Relay.

Hornettes coach Jason Alli talked about winning Sectionals for the third straight year. “Proud of the team. We always have great numbers here and the girls compete pretty well. Kind of peak at the end of the season. Just continue to work hard, have good attitudes and it pays off in the end.”

Alli then turned his attention to the State Meet and what the Hornettes will do to prepare. “Just fine tuning our events that we qualified in, and hopefully it works out and we PR at State. That’s all we ask of the girls to do is to PR at State and see how it goes.”

Okawville advanced to State in five events. Madelyn Tepe finished first in both the 800M Run and the 1600M Run to advance. Tepe finished with a time of 2:22.59 in the 800, and a time of 5:32.14 in the 1600. Abby Riechmann finished first in the 3200M run with a time of 12:49.51. Audrey Jansen cleared 5’ to advance in the High Jump, and Megan Cook finished second in the Discus with a throw of 102’08” to advance to State.