Platte-Geddes' Ringling, Rabenberg looking to improve in 800 for stateAfter not placing in the 800-meter run last year at the state track meet, Platte-Geddes’ Shelby Rabenberg is on her way to making sure that doesn’t happen again this season.
By: Claire Meador, The Daily Republic
WAGNER — After not placing in the 800-meter run last year at the state track meet, Platte-Geddes’ Shelby Rabenberg is on her way to making sure that doesn’t happen again this season.
Finishing in first place in the 800 on Tuesday at the Wagner Relays with a time of 2 minutes 36.98 seconds, Rabenberg, a junior, is making progress.
“I want to try and place this year,” said Rabenberg, who qualified for last year’s state meet but did not place. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m definitely going to try.”
The qualifying time for the girls’ 800 at the state track meet is 2:28. Platte-Geddes head track coach Regan Holleman is confident that Rabenberg will be able to make it back to the state meet this year.
“The 800 is (Rabenberg’s) run,” said Holleman, whose team took third place in both the boys’ and girls’ team races at the meet. “Her goal is to get to state. We’re early in the season, but I’m pretty happy with where she’s at. We’ve got a little ways to go, but we’ll get her there.”
Bon Homme took the girls’ title at the meet with 128.5 points, while Ethan-Parkston took the boys’ title with 125 points. But Platte-Geddes stole the show in the 800-meter runs.
Rabenberg’s teammate, Keagan Ringling, also made it to state last year in the 800 for the Platte-Geddes boys’ track team, where he placed fourth.
“I was seeded third and the kid that was seeded first was only a half-second faster than me,” Ringling said. “That was tough to swallow.”
Even though he didn’t place as well as he would have liked, Ringling said his fourth-place finish motivated him to work harder in the offseason.
“I’ve been running a lot and really making sure that I’m doing efficient workouts,” Ringling said. “It’s always a goal to make it to the state meet.”
That extra work showed Tuesday, when Ringling took first place in the 800 run for the Platte-Geddes boys with a time of 2:00.36 — a time which qualified him to make the trek back to the state meet this year — the qualifying time for the boys’ in the 800 run is 2:03.
“The kids like to work hard in the offseason,” Holleman said of Ringling’s and Rabenberg’s improvement since last year. “As far as comparable times go, from last year to this year we’re sitting better than we were this time last year and that’s a good place to be.”