Hauser track teams take 2nd in quad meet

HOPE — Class 1A Hauser went toe-to-toe with 4A New Palestine throughout much of Thursday’s meet at Hauser, but the Dragons eventually captured both the girls and boys meets.

In the quad meet on the girls side, New Palestine finished with 81 to the Jets’ 69. Triton Central finished third with 51, and Waldron took fourth with 23.

In the boys meet, the Dragons finished with 106 points. Hauser claimed runner-up with 53, while Triton Central finished with 49 and Waldron had 20.

“I was really pleased with second place,” Hauser boys coach Ben Finke said. “The weather conditions were not great, but we had some great performance across the board this evening. We just got edged out in a lot of events. I think we did a good job and still have a long way to go.”

Grace Hasler won the 100-meter hurdles (18.4 seconds) and 300 hurdles (53.1) to lead the Jet girls. Jordan McDaniel took the high jump (5 feet), and Danielle Sneed captured the long jump (14-5). Sydney Schoen, Hasler, McDaniel and Haley Embry won the 4×100 relay (54.4); and Schoen, Hasler, McDaniel, and Abbey Ashbrook took the 4×400 relay (4:47.3).

Hauser girls coach April Dalton was impressed by her freshman, Schoen and Hasler.

“They make no excuses out there, and they are such hard workers and they go for it,” Dalton said.

Sneed, who is still recovering from torn ligaments in her ankle suffered during basketball season, is not yet ready to resume running.

“She is at least doing the field events for us, and her athleticism is huge for our team,” Dalton said. “I am doubtful, though, she will to able to run. I just don’t think she is neither mentally nor physically ready to give it a go. But she really wants to focus on her long jump, so we’ll make adjustments and tweaks on her approach and speed a little bit and hopefully by conference and sectional time, she can be ready.”

In the boys meet, Ryan Seim won the long jump (18-10) for Hauser.

“Ryan did not back down any on his times in the 100 or 200 events. He was solid in the long jump,” Finke said. “Christian Case had a good event in the high jump, even though that is not his forte. Overall it gives us an idea on where we are at and what we want to do and what it takes to compete at a high level.”