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Barat Academy’s Grapperhaus shines with two wins at Class 1 state girls track meet

Adelia “Addie” Grapperhaus had a busy spring for Barat Academy playing soccer and running track.

“During the season, I split my time between soccer and track, so half the time I was at soccer and half the time I was at track,” Grapperhaus said.

She scored nine goals for the Eagles this season.

But the junior, who lives in St. Charles County, made a big name for herself at the Class 1 state track meet in Jefferson City.

“Addie had a great year, ” Barat coach Robert Radomski said. “We had set a few simple yet challenging goals for her races, and she worked hard to achieve them. Her times consistently improved every meet.”

A junior sprinter, Grapperhaus won state championship in two events and recorded a second place. What made the results so good for her was setting personal record times in each event along with school records in the 1000-meter and 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

“Addie had an incredible meet,” Radomski said. “She set three PRs (personal records) on the first day and ran great in the finals with two state championships and a runner up, which is incredibly rare, especially for a junior.

“Everyone at Barat is very proud of what she accomplished and it was great to see all of her hard work come to fruition.”

Grapperhaus won the 100 in 12.81 seconds. She later captured the 200 in 26.15 seconds.

She just missed the sprint sweep by finishing second in the 400 race with a time of 58.57. Ashlyn Vanatter, of Dora, claimed the crown in 58.36.

Grapperhaus won those three races — the 100, 200 and 400 — at both district and sectional meets.

She was excited heading into her third trip to state. This was her first one in Class 1 as Barat dropped down in classification.

“Going into state I was very excited to be going back for the third time,” Grapperhaus said. “I wanted to reach my goal time in the 400 of running a 58.”

In her freshman year, Grapperhaus ran the 400 and placed 10th.

“I was just excited to go and my coach at the time told me to just experience it,” Grapperhaus. “It was at the college that year and I was just super thankful to have made it that far as a freshman.”

She qualified for two events in her sophomore year. She race in both the 200 and the 400 and did well. Grapperhaus placed fifth in the 200 and second in the 400.

“I was very excited because I started out the season last year pretty rough running the 400 around at 65 seconds until the district meet, but at state I finally broke a minute which was the goal for that season,” Grapperhaus said.

This spring, she was determined although Grapperhaus would compete in Class 1.

“I was more challenged in Class 2, however I had good competition in both,” Grapperhaus said.

Radomski believed she would perform well at state.

“Going into the state meet, I knew she had a good chance of winning a title,” Radomski said. “It didn’t happen the way I had expected, though. The 400-meter dash has always been her strongest event, and she ran two great races but was edged out by Ashlynn Vanatter, of Dora, who ran an incredible race in the finals.

“Addie’s 100 and 200 meter dashes were greatly improved over last year, and she took home the championship in each.”

She ran the 400 and narrowly missed winning the race.

“The first day of state, I ran a 58.29 in the preliminaries. I was so excited because I PR’d (personal record) by over a second,” Grapperhaus said. “I wanted to give it my all at finals but the last 50 meters I just pushed as hard as I could to finish.

“I am still proud of my time and my run even though I didn’t win.”

Radomski said her prelims time set the school record and gave her the first seed for the finals.

The dual between Grapperhaus and Vanatter was something to witness, Radomski said.

“It was really an incredible race, and she willed her way to a personal record and the first seed,” Radomski said. “During the finals, she ran out of gas about 10 meters from the finish line and couldn’t hold off Vanatter, who ran a gutsy race and had a great weekend herself.”

Grapperhaus also set a school record with her time in the 100 in the preliminaries.

“She set the school record during prelims with a 12.56,” Radomski said. “Coming into the weekend, I knew that she would do well but state is always tough and you can’t count on times coming in as anything can happen.

“Her focus coming into the meet was to get off to good starts and run with good form, which she did, and things worked out well for her.”

Grapperhaus didn’t feel any pressure running the 100, she said.

“I was seeded first in the 100 but all I wanted was to come out and run as fast I could and push myself to my best. I was very excited about winning the 100 and that I had a personal record.

“I didn’t expect to win but I really wanted that state title.”

She set a school and personal record in the 200 preliminaries. Her time was 25.93. She was a little slower in the finals but it was still good enough to win the event.

“The 200 was my last race and I just wanted to come out and give it everything I had left,” Grapperhaus said.

Radomski was happy with her effort.

“During the 200, she set the school record in the prelims with a 25.93, but ran another great race to win the state championship,” Radomski.

Add it all up and it was a state meet to remember for Grapperhaus.

“Overall, I am pleased with all that I accomplished at state this year,” Grapperhaus said. “I PR’d in all three events and walked away with two state titles. I went in hoping that I would move onto finals and ended up exceeding my expectations.”

Radomski noted she gave her all at state. He would not want it any other way.

“A lot of people have been making the comment that if Addie had run a little easier on Friday, she would have won all three championships on Saturday,” Radomski about the two-day meet. “I understand the thought, but it implies the wrong attitude. To go with the idea of holding back to qualify makes sense initially, but that can develop bad habits and actually cause athletes to not perform to their full potential the next day.

“I enjoyed coaching Addie and the fact that she came in to the prelims with an attacking attitude.”

For her senior year, she wants to return and try to win all three events. She “would really like to run a 57” in the 400 in her last season.

While she runs track and plays soccer in the spring, field hockey holds a big place in Grapperhaus’ athletic career.

“I play field hockey year around,” Grapperhaus said. “I play with my school in the fall and with my club team in the winter and spring.”

For his part, Radomski is glad to have her return.

“We’re happy to have her back for another year,” Radomski said. “She’s a great leader on the track and in the classroom. Her work ethic and attitude are invaluable to the team and the school.

“Addie’s a busy kid away from the track. She plays field hockey year round and soccer in the spring, along with track. She works just as hard in the classroom as she does in athletics and has a 3.95 GPA to show for it. Her work ethic and kind nature make her an influential member of the school and an excellent ambassador for Barat.”


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