Kiera Finn to trade orange and black for Mineral Area College red and white

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 7/13/22

Seeing red yet again.

That will be the case for 2022 Owensville High School graduate Kiera Finn.

After spending her freshman year as a Lady Tiger in Belle, Finn will once again be wearing red …

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Kiera Finn to trade orange and black for Mineral Area College red and white

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Seeing red yet again.

That will be the case for 2022 Owensville High School graduate Kiera Finn.

After spending her freshman year as a Lady Tiger in Belle, Finn will once again be wearing red during the upcoming school year running track and field for the Lady Cardinals at Mineral Area College (MAC) in Park Hills, Mo.

In spite of injuries during her senior year, Finn was able to help the Dutchgirls bring home a second-place plaque from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 3, District 5 Track meet held at West Plains High School hosted by Willow Springs High School.

Placing sixth in the girls 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.82, Finn qualified for the finals at the district meet recording the seventh-fastest preliminary time of 19.26.

Finn’s best time on the track during her senior year came during the annual OHS Relays back in mid-April with a first-place time of 18.81.

She also won another first-place medal at the Cuba Relays in late March with a winning time of 19.27 at the Wildcat Field of Pride on the campus of Cuba High School.

Also competing in the 300-meter hurdles throughout her senior year, Finn won consecutive races in times of 55.47 and 55.24 respectively at the Cuba Relays and OHS’ home quad track meet traditionally held the first Tuesday in April.

Also at OHS’ quad meet, Finn helped Dutchgirl 4x400-meter relay teammates Ella Gehlert, Grace Abell and Alexis Kohrmann run a second-place time of 4:43.96.

Her fastest time in the 100m hurdles came during her junior season at OHS.

Placing fifth at the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) meet, Finn finished with a personal record (PR) time of 17.99.

Also at the FRC meet, Finn placed ninth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 54.68.

Fast forward to the district meet during her junior year, Finn improved on that time by nearly three seconds good for a fourth-place finish in 51.79 earning her a trip to sectionals in the girls 300m hurdles.

Just missing a spot at state, Finn recorded a PR time of 51.25 in the sectional meet placing fifth in the 300m hurdles.

Finn also qualified for sectionals as a junior in the girls 4x400m relay helping Dutchgirl teammates Jersey Reynolds, Keira Hendrix and Gehlert place fourth in a time of 4:37.01.

During sectionals a week later, the quartet of Finn, Kohrmann, Reynolds and Kate Angell dropped nearly 11 seconds off of their district time settling for fifth place in 4:26.67 one spot shy of the top four and the state meet.

During her time at Belle as a freshman, Finn earned All-Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) honors in three events on the track.

She placed second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:12.03 to go along with third-place time of 20.32 in the 100m hurdles.

In the 4x800-meter relay, Erin Schalk, Faith Langdon, Susie Moman and Finn earned All-GVC accolades with a third-place time of 13:45.88.

Along with All-GVC honors in three events, Finn also qualified for sectionals in the 100m hurdles with a fourth-place time of 19.70 at districts as a freshman.

Running cross country for four years as well, Finn earned All-GVC honors as a freshman with a seventh-place time of 27:15.0 before winning the JV Girls race during the FRC meet as a sophomore in 22:44.9.

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