Region and MHS record boards impacted
Miller senior Emma Steers and sophomore Jamie Mentzer concluded the 2013 track season with a handful of broken records.
Already holding the MHS 100 and 300 meter hurdle records, Steers went on to better those records multiple times this year while also tying a Region 6A record in the 100 meter hurdles during the Region Meet.
Earlier in the season at the Miller Invitational, Steers had bested her 300 meter record with a time of 48.41.
Her time of 14.9 in the 100 meter hurdles at the Region Meet also bettered her own MHS record in that event while securing the tie for the Region Meet record.
Just a sophomore at MHS, Mentzer leaped to a new school record in the triple jump at the Region Meet. Her leap of 35’ 1-1/4” surpassed the old record of 34’ 2”, which was previously held by Melanie Simons.
Head Coach Tom McGough reflected on the efforts of the athletes.
“An appreciation is attained when track athletes take an interest in school records. Having them recognize accomplishments of former athletes, while setting goals for themselves.”
For Steers, who concluded her high school career at the State Meet, breaking her records again at her final Miller performance was especially fulfilling.
“When I re-broke the record I felt like I had finally gotten to the point in my season that I had been striving for and that it was the right time to peak. It was a very fulfilling moment for me to perform the way I did at my last Miller meet.”
Meeting the expectations of her coaches and family also motivated her during the Region Meet, where she broke the 15 mark for a personal best during the prelims.
“I was definitely surprised when I broke the 15 second mark in prelims at Regions but I knew I had finals that same day so I knew that would be the real test! I ran to break the record and to make my coaches and family proud.”
And that she did… putting up her best time of her high school career at 14.90, which would tie her with the meet record of 14.90 established in 1998 by J. Morgan of Lyman County.
“Emma and Jamie both accepted and accomplished the challenge of setting new school records,” adds McGough. “Emma upgrading her times in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles multiple times over the past two seasons. Jamie set her mark this year with chances to improve it over the next two seasons.”
While Mentzer has two more seasons to improve on her record, Steers’ hurdle career has come to a sweet end at Miller High School.
She says, “As much as I love to hurdle, as of now I don’t have plans to hurdle in college. But I have an open mind about it.”
Steers plans to attend South Dakota State University this fall, while Mentzer will continue to be a force at MHS for another two years.
Mentzer is the daughter of Mike and Kay Mentzer. Steers is the daughter of Bob and Diane Steers, Miller.