Third time’s a charm for Katie Candrl

Will Johnson

JEFFERSON CITY — Qualifying in three events as a freshman at the 2018 Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) State Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Jefferson City, Dutchgirl freshman Katie Candrl hoped to follow in her brother Bryan’s footsteps.

Seeing him win a state championship Friday morning in the pole vault, Katie took her first shot at a state medal in the Class 3 Girls 100-meter hurdles after heavy rain prompted meet officials to delay the meet for three hours.

Placing fifth in her preliminary heat in a time of 16.39, that time was .36 hundredths of a second shy of the eighth-and-final qualifying spot for the finals leaving the Dutchgirl freshman in ninth place.

“She ran one of her better times in the 100m hurdles,” Coach Matt Candrl said. “It just took a little faster time to make the finals.”

Later in the day Friday, Katie got a chance to bounce back in the Class 3 Girls 300-meters hurdles.

Finishing second in her preliminary heat in a time of 47.68, Candrl crushed her previous PR (personal record) by nearly two seconds qualifying for the finals with the sixth-fastest time.

“She looked at the 300m hurdles like it was her last race of the season or another chance to buy another opportunity to get on the podium,” Coach Candrl said.

Taking advantage of that opportunity, Katie took eighth place in the state in the Class 3 Girls 300m hurdles in a time of 48.07.

“It (the eighth-place medal) feels really good,” Katie Candrl said. “It was a great race and a fight in the finals.”

That made her and Bryan the fourth set of siblings at Owensville High School to earn state medals in the same state meet.

“It feels cool to also be All-State along with my brother,” Katie Candrl said. “I’m so happy we both got it and that he got it during his senior year.

See this week’s ‘Will’ful Thinking for more on that subject.

Before she competed in the finals of the 300m hurdles, Katie took on the bar one more time as a freshman in the Class 3 Girls Pole Vault.

Needing two attempts to clear the opening height of nine feet even, that first miss proved important as it kept her from a tie for eighth place.

Instead, she settled for ninth clearing 9-06 in spite of narrowly establishing a new OHS school record of 10 feet even.

“Two ninth places and an eighth-place finish at state is pretty impressive as a freshman,” Coach Candrl said. “We’re looking forward to big things out of her in the future.”