Against some of the best in the nation, five Waukee track and field stars showcased their talents at the New Balance National Championships Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17.
Janjay Peters, Addie Drees, Anna Keplinger, Sydney Winger, and Kat Moody played the representation for Waukee.
The shuttle hurdle relay group of Peters, Drees, Keplinger, and Winger came into the championships as the sixth seeded group. The foursome came into the competition with a best time of 1:01.09 but on Saturday they took it a step farther earning a new best time of 1:00.54. That mark placed them in ninth place out of the 24 team field.
During the regular season, Waukee girls’ head track and field coach Jesse Hunt spoke about the effectivness of the shuttle hurdle group.
“This group, for starters, is a very team oriented group,” began Hunt. “They are also a very smart group. It’s so easy for high school athletes to exhaust themselves during a race but with Drees, Keplinger, Winger and Peters they are not only well conditioned but very aware of how much they are physically pushing themselves.”
For Syndey Winger, she also took on her prized event in the 100 meter hurdles. Winger was a State Meet and Drake Relays champion with her best time clocking in at 14.12 seconds. Saturday Winger came just off of that mark clocking in at 14.42 seconds which placed her 33rd overall.
Every track athlete has a favorite race to run and for Winger, she spoke about why she feels the 100 meter hurdles calles her name.
“I’ve just loved running that race for as long as I can remember,” started Winger. “I’ve had to overcome so many obstacles in my life that I felt like the 100 meter hurdles is the perfect race for me.”
Junior standout Kat Moody was also involved in a pair of events with the discus and shot put events. First event out of the shoot for Moody was the discus event in which she became conference champ and third at the State Meet. Saturday witnessed Moody toss 115 feet even for 31st place. On Sunday, Moody wrapped up the events for Waukee by taking part in her prized event, the shot put event.
Moody’s best toss came in the form of 43’-5” and placed the junior star in 20th out of 32 throwers.