By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 5/8/24

MONTGOMERY CITY — Mission accomplished.

After being edged by half a point last Monday by Pacific at the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) track meet, Matt Candrl’s Owensville High School …

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MONTGOMERY CITY — Mission accomplished.

After being edged by half a point last Monday by Pacific at the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) track meet, Matt Candrl’s Owensville High School (OHS) Dutchgirl track team entered the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 3, District 3 track meet at Montgomery County High School on a mission.

Topping the field by almost 40 points with 131.5 team points, Owensville easily defended their district title last year.

“Our girls had several awesome performances today,” Candrl said.

Emma Daniels sprinted her way to a pair of individual district titles winning the girls 100-meter dash in 12.63 and the girls 200m dash in 26.23.

Overcoming a shoulder injury that sidelined her during the entire basketball season, Dutchgirl junior Brynn Wright punched her individual ticket to sectionals with a second-place time of 2:32.11 in the girls 800m dash behind Hermann’s Amelia Uthlaut (2:27.31).

Fellow junior Ilene Limberg also placed second in the girls 1600m run for OHS in a time of 5:25.97. She also advanced to sectionals in the girls 3200m run with a time of 12:06.95.

Emma-lee Wehmeyer nearly broke the 16-second barrier in the girls 100m hurdles while posting a second-place time of 16.45 to qualify for Saturday’s MSHSAA Class 3, Sectional 2 Track Meet at Paris High School. Wehmeyer will also compete at sectionals in the girls 300m hurdles after a third-place time of 50.05 at the district meet.

OHS’ Dutchgirls also saw sectional qualifiers in three field events.

Ruvia Nowack placed fourth in the girls pole vault clearing 2.59m while Ali Daniels (3rd, 4.75m) and Cameron Nowack (4th, 4.72m) punched their sectional tickets in the girls long jump.

Cameron Nowack also qualified for sectionals in the girls triple jump with a leap of 9.92m.

OHS will also be represented in all four relay races at Paris.

Sprinting to a district title in a time of 51.42 was the Dutchgirl 4x100m relay team of Ali Daniels, Emma Daniels, Cameron Nowack and Wehmeyer.

Also claiming district gold in the girls 4x200m relay in a time of 1:48.46 was the OHS foursome of Makenzi Carpenter, Cameron Nowack, Emma Daniels and Wehmeyer.

Pacing themselves to a second-place time of 10:46.06 in the girls 4x800m relay was the Dutchgirl quartet of Hannah Gehlert, Abbie Gibson, Wright and Limberg.

Ending the meet with a third-place time of 4:27.79 in the girls 4x400m relay was the Owensville team of Ali Daniels, Carpenter, Wright and Limberg.

Elaina Lebish added Dutchgirl team points with a sixth-place time of 1:12.62 in the girls 400m dash.

Gehlert picked up two team points with a seventh-place time of 6:02.71 in the girls mile.

Halle Engelbrecht tied for sixth clearing 1.35m in the girls high jump while Lilly Sample also placed 10th clearing 1.35m.

Arianna Baguio just missed sectionals clearing 2.52m to place fifth in the girls pole vault.

Lainey Moss collected two team points with a seventh-place toss of 8.58m in the girls shot put. Brianna Beckerman also posted her best finish of the meet with a 12th-place throw of 7.92m in the girls shot put.

Danika Hinson ended her junior season of Dutchgirl track with an 11th-place throw of 24.32m in the girls javelin.

A top-four finish Saturday in Paris will send any Dutchgirl athlete to the 2024 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 17-18 at Jefferson City High School’s Adkins Stadium.