By Sydney Bartels
Every track athlete has one goal: PR. On March 29, Silver Lake had 15 new personal records at the Kenesaw Invitational track meet. Starting off the meet with field events, the boys had three PRs. Junior Cody Pankoke jumped 15’- 05” in the long jump. Sophomores Adrian Gomez and Jack Sorensen had throws of 111’- 02” and 80’- 05” respectively in the discus. The girls’ team added on another 7 PRs. In the long jump, freshmen Macy Parr and Emma Schmidt had their farthest jumps this year with distances of 13’- 04” and 12’- 09”. Moving on to the shot put, freshman Katy Soucek broke her record with a throw of 29’- 0”. Freshmen McKenna Pankoke threw 24’- 01”, and Grace Heaurtz threw 16’- 06 ½”. Freshman Katelyn Strampher broke her PR in the discus with a throw of 93’- 08”. Wrapping up the field events and moving on to the running events, the team as a whole racked up another five PRs. In the girl’s division, freshman Emily Monie earned a time of 14.99 seconds in the 100, and sophomore Morgan Dinkler ran the 3200 with a time of 14 minutes and 25 seconds, earning her 2nd place. Junior Georgi tenBensel earned 1st place in the 300-meter hurdles and 4th place in the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Sophie Butler picked up 5th place in the 1600 meter run. In the boy’s division, Cody Pankoke and sophomore Easton Heuretz PRd in the 200 with times of 27.9 and 28.7 seconds, respectively. Senior Brock Karr earned a new PR during the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.64 seconds, which earned him 4th place. Karr also took 5th place in the 300-meter hurdles. Overall, the team had a great meet. Coach tenBensel commented on the meet, “While the PRs were great and I’m very pleased with all the kids’ determination to compete to their best—the wind affected a lot of the times, but I look forward to next Tuesday for the kids to really come out and get some great times and distances to show how hard they’ve been working on their events in practice!” The team heads to Franklin for their next meet on April 5th.