Every Goessel girl that scored points at Norwich Friday came home with her best time of the season. Tia Goertzen finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, eclipsing her best time of the last two seasons. She finished in 16.50 seconds and then captured third place in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.80 seconds, her best time of this season.
Ali Buller circled the track twice in the 800 with her best time this year at 2:35.9 to pick up second place.
The 4x100-meter relay of Makayla King, Ali Buller, Tia Goertzen, and Page Hiebert shaved more than a second off their best time this year, 56.9, and finished in sixth place. The 4x400 relay team of P. Hiebert, Goertzen, Buller, and Erin Brubaker held on to fourth place with a time of 4:36.2, trimming more than three seconds from their previous best.
“It is amazing what a little sunshine will do,” said head Coach Curtis Guhr about the performance of his girls.
Among thirteen teams, Goessel finished in ninth place.
The Norwich meet provided the setting for several of the Goessel boys to post their best times of the year.
Shane Goerzen sprinted to an 11.73 second finish in the 100-meter dash for fourth place. Nathan Czarnowsky bettered his time in the 800 by nearly two seconds to finish third with a time of 2 minutes 12.4 seconds. Heath Goertzen finished in 5 minutes 13.9 seconds in the 1600 for sixth place and the 4x800 relay team of Bjoern Shummen, Grant Flaming, Ben Wiens, and Czarnowsky earned third place with a time of 9:38. Although not the best performance of the season, Brian Hiebert notched second place in the shot put with a toss of 38-9. Czarnowsky picked up fifth in the long jump at 18-4. Goertzen earned two fifth place medals: triple jump, 38-2.5, and the 3200 at 11 minutes 39.50 seconds.
The Goessel boys earned 31 points and eighth place in the 13-team meet.
Goessel will be at Halstead on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.