|Minatare 2-miler breaks record|
|May 20, 2016 Jerry Purvis|
Courtesy photo Minatare sophomore Maddison Schlosser-Ross finished second at the D-11 District meet in Morrill, guaranteeing a place in Lincoln this weekend.
Although he was coaching a 15-member team of primarily underclassmen, Minatare Track Coach Matt Korkow saw a lot of potential in the group as the season began. One of them came through in a big way during the District D-11 track meet in Morrill on May 11.
Maddison Schlosser-Ross, just a sophomore, wanted to break a school record as a distance runner before she graduated. She met her goal at the district meet, finishing the 3,200 meter run in 13 minutes, 28.2 seconds, breaking the previous record of 13:29 in the two-mile run.
Schlosser-Ross finished second in the event to qualify for the state Class D track tournament coming up May 20-21. It will be her second appearance at state.
“Maddison had a goal set in mind to beat the record posted on the board,” Korkow said. “She ran her race the way she wanted to and pulled away for second place.”
At the start of the season, Korkow said the team needed to work on their nerves. Once they calmed down about competing, he expected to see better times and distances.
“The entire team has improved substantially,” he said. Daniel Gonzales, our sprinter, has improved with every race, and he’s only a freshman. He ended up in fifth in both the 100 and 200 meter events; so I’m pleased overall.”
Another big surprise for Korkow was the team’s freshman thrower, Ephroen Lovato, who increased his shot put throw by more than a foot. He took third at the district meet with a throw of 40-09.50.
However, he missed qualifying for state by 5.5 inches.
For the Minatare girls, Franki Doty took first in the 1,600-meter event, finishing the one-mile course with a time of 6:07.60.
After starting the race in second, she moved out in front and never looked back. Teammate Iran Ramirez came in third at 6:27.58.
Korkow said one of the day’s heartbreakers was in the girls’ 4x800 relay. The team of Maddison Schlosser-Ross, Jackie Martinez, Franki Doty, and Iran Ramirez were the top-ranked team going into the district meet. They turned in a time of 11:13.87.
However, it was four seconds longer than the home Morrill squad, who won the event with an 11:09.74 time.
“That loss put them in a bad mood, but they got over it because they knew there was more competition ahead,” Korkow said.
Schlosser-Ross will compete at state in the two-mile event on Friday, May 20, at 11:15 a.m.