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Hornettes Take Home Sectional Title

For the second stragiht season the Nashville Hornettes won the Sectional Title. The Hornettes advanced eight athletes to State in nine different events. Back Row: Jadah Heidel, Kylie Kozuszek, Carli Hoffman, Jaylyn Bower, Grace Maschhoff, Brittnie Bartling, Delaney Varel, Elise Spencer, Raqui Elliott, and Rachael Kell. Front Row: Hannah Meade, Avery Meade, Taylor Cook, Sabrina Kollbaum, and Sydney Schnitker.
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornettes track team will be well represented when the IHSA Class 1A State Track Prelims take place on Thursday, May 18. The Hornettes outlasted 13 other teams to win the Chester Sectional, and qualified in nine different events for State.
The Hornettes finished with 105 points in the Sectional, nine and a half points ahead of second place Chester. Okawville took home third place, followed by Wesclin in fourth, and Lebanon in fifth. Althoff took home sixth, followed by Mater Dei, Madison, Sparta and Dupo. New Athens finished eleventh, followed by Metro-East Lutheran, Waterloo-Gibault and Red Bud.
The Hornettes qualified for State in nine different events. The top two finishers from each event automatically qualified for State. Athletes that finished outside the top two would have to qualify by either time or distance.
The 4X400m Relay team of Kylie Kozuszek, Sabrina Kollbaum, Taylor Cook, and Jadah Heidel took home first place in a time of 4:18.39 to clinch a spot at State. Carli Hoffman was the only other first place finish for Nashville, as her throw of 35’5” topped the leaderboard in shot put.
The Hornettes took home four second place finishes in the meet. The 4X800m relay team of Cook, Kozuszek, Grace Maschhoff, and Kollbaum finished just behind the Okawville team of Mallory Unverferht, Abby Riechmann, Madison Hackstadt, and Madelyn Tepe to clinch a spot at State for both Washington County schools. Josie Middelton threw 103’9” in the discus to take home second place. Sydney Schnitker jumped 16’5” in the long jump to qualify for state. For the second straight year, Kozuszek will head to the State track meet in the Pole Vault. Kozuszek finished tied for second as she cleared 7’6”.
Also qualifying for state was both Schnitker and Heidel in the triple jump, as they both met the qualifying distance. Schnitker jumped 34’7.25”, while Heidel jumped 34’1”. Qualifying on time for State was Cook in the 300m hurdles with a time of 47.85, and Heidel in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.40.
Finishing third in the meet, but just missing on qualifying for state was Janie Holle in the discus with a throw of 103’6”, Heidel in the long jump with a jump of 16’, Sabrina Kollbaum in the 800m run with a time of 2:33.56, and Maschhoff in the 1600m run with a time of 5:59.10.
After the meet, Hornettes coach Jason Alli talked about how he felt coming into the meet. “Coming in I had my fingers crossed, but everything worked out pretty good. I’m proud of our girls the way they competed, and I hope they carry it on into next week.”
Okawville qualified for state in four events. Tepe and Unverfehrt swept the top two positions in the 800m run, Hackstadt qualified in the triple jump, and Jansen qualified in the high jump to go along with the 4X800m Relay team.

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