Lady Lions break 4x200 school record at WMU Invite

By Giovanni Coronel
Posted 4/19/23

Continuing its trend of top three finishes this season the Lady Lions took a trip to Winfield-Mt Union High School to compete in the Winfield Girls Invite and grabbed second place at this track and …

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Lady Lions break 4x200 school record at WMU Invite


Continuing its trend of top three finishes this season the Lady Lions took a trip to Winfield-Mt Union High School to compete in the Winfield Girls Invite and grabbed second place at this track and field meet on April 13.

Perhaps more remarkable than its second place finish was during the WMU Invite the Lady Lions broke the long-standing 4x200 meter relay Lone Tree school record. 

The previous 4x200 Lone Tree record was 1:51.52 and it was set in 1995 by Dorothy Burns, Ronda Kerf, Julie Johnson, and Corey Smothers. 

This 28 year old record was broken by the team of sophomore Avery Morarie, sophomore Rylee Shield, sophomore Vivian Zaruba, and freshman Ava Christofferson. The new record time is now 1:50.70 and this time also gave Lone Tree first place in the event.

The school who finished in first was Danville with 156 points. Lone Tree earned 126 points to secure second place and Van Buren County’s team placed third with 92 points. 

Lone Tree placed first in six events and had top three finishes in 13 events at the WMU Invite. 

Not only was Christofferson an integral part of the team that placed first in the 4x200 but she also earned first place honors in the 100 meter dash with a blazing time of 12.90. With such a fast time it’s no surprise this time set a new personal record (PR) for Christofferson.  

Following the trend of Lady Lions taking the top spot, Shield claimed first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.90, besting Winfield-Mt Union junior Aurey Meeker who finished in second with a time of 28.20. Shield’s time of 27.90 sets a new PR for her in the 200m. 

 Lone Tree senior Riley Krueger narrowly took the gold in the high jump with her first place jump over the crossbar of 4-10.25. Winfield-Mt Union freshman Quin Smith fell just short and finished in second with a jump of 4-10.00. 

Krueger also set a new PR in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.90. This time gave her third place in the event with only the people in the top three finishing with sub 18 times. 

Finishing in second in the discus event with her farthest throw traveling 86-07 was Lone Tree sophomore Hayden Yoder, this throw also set a new PR for Yoder. She also managed to claim third place in the shot put event with a throw of 31-04.50, and that throw also set a new PR for Yoder.  

Lone Tree freshman Jazmine Nino set a new PR in the 1500 meter run with a time of 6:25.20. The time was fast enough for her to acquire third place in the long distance event, Van Buren County freshman Rylee Philips took the top spot in the 1500m with a first place time of 5:58.30.  

The long jump event saw two Lady Lions finish in second and third place. Morarie’s jump of 14-05.50 gave her runner up honors and sophomore Cate Sexton took third place with a jump of 13-02.50. 

In the 4x100 meter relay Lone Tree took first place with a team that consisted of Zaruba, Christofferson, Krueger, and Shield. They earned the top spot with a time of 52.90, the runner up team from Winfield-Mt Union ended up with a time of 54.10. 

The spring medley was also led by the Lady Lions as they took first place in the event. This team was made up of Morarie, Zaruba, Christofferson, and Shield. They earned top medalist honors with a time of 1:56.50, Danville took second place with a time of 1:58.88. 

Coming up for the Lady Lions will be another trip to Winfield Mount Union where they will compete in the Pankoke Relays against eight other schools on April 20.


100m: 1, Ava Christofferson, Lone Tree, 12.90; 10, Alyson Ford, Lone Tree, 15.90; 13, Emma Slaughter, Lone Tree, 16.10. 

200m: 1, Rylee Shield, Lone Tree, 27.90; 7, Bella Pourry, Lone Tree, 33.00.

400m: 1, Alaina Gourley, Danville, 1:00.70; 5, Avery Lisk, Lone Tree, 1:14.80; 7, Lila Bell, Lone Tree, 1:28.00; 9, Lilly Mills, Lone Tree, 1:33.70.

800m: 1, Alaina Gourley, Danville, 2:42.20; 4, Vivian Zaruba, Lone Tree, 3:01.00; 10, Sophie Bell, Lone Tree, 3:17.70; 11, Delanie Graap, Lone Tree, 3:17.70. 

1500m: 1, Rylee Philips, Van Buren County, 5:58.30; 3, Jazmine Nino, Lone Tree, 6:25.20; 9, Lilly Mills, Lone Tree, 7:37.00; 11, Lila Bell, Lone Tree, 8:56.20.

100m hurdles: 1, Keetyn Townsley, Winfield-Mt Union, 17.00; 3, Riley Krueger, Lone Tree, 17.90; 7, Cate Sexton, Lone Tree, 19.60; 10, Lindsay Werbach, Lone Tree, 20.80. 

Long Jump: 1, Kenna Furnald, Danville, 15-09.00; 2, Avery Morarie, Lone Tree, 14-05.50; 3, Cate Sexton, Lone Tree, 13-02.50; 6, Avery Lisk, Lone Tree, 13-00.75. 

High Jump: 1, Riley Krueger, Lone Tree, 4-10.25.

Shot Put: 1, Morgan Stecher, Louisa-Muscatine, 32-01.00; 3, Hayden Yoder, Lone Tree, 31-04.50; 6, Sami Branson, Lone Tree, 28-08.00; 12, Alex Dautremont, Lone Tree, 25-09.50. 

Discus: 1, Morgan Stecer, Louisa-Muscatine, 113-04; 2, Hayden Yoder, Lone Tree, 86-07; 5, Alex Dautremont, Lone Tree, 76-10.75; 13, Madison Floyd, Lone Tree, 56-05.50. 

4x100m relay: 1, Lone Tree (Vivian Zaruba, Ava Christofferson, Riley Krueger, Rylee Shield), 52.90. 

4x200m relay: 1, Lone Tree (Avery Morarie, Rylee Shield, Vivian Zaruba, Ava Christofferson), 1:50.70.

4x400m relay: 1, Danville, 4:29.80; 5, Lone Tree (Sophie Bell, Avery Lisk, Lindsay Werbach, Bella Pourroy), 5:11.90.

4x800m relay: 1, Danville, 9:58.00; 3, Lone Tree (Sophie Bell, Dalanie Graap, Avery Lisk, Jazmine Nino), 10:52.12.

800m medley relay: 1, Lone Tree (Avery Morarie, Vivian Zaruba, Ava Christofferson, Rylee Shield), 1:56.50.

1600m medley relay: 1, Van Buren County, 4:59.90; 4, Lone Tree (Cate Sexton, Bella Pourroy, Sophie Bell, Jazmine Nino), 5:23.90.

4x100m hurdle relay: 1, Winfield-Mt Union, 1:14.10; 3, Lone Tree (Cate Sexton, Ella Buser, Lindsay Werbach, Riley Krueger), 1:22.10.


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