9 girls qualified and traveled to Zeeland to compete at the Division 2 state finals. Ande Veydt and Emalee de la Grange started out the morning in pole vault. They both were able to clear 9’3. Emalee de la Grange showed some focus when she had to stop her attempts to go on a 2-3 hour rain/storm delay. The 3200m relay team of Riley Robertson, Maddie Humphreys, Ashley Oliver, and Alyna Lewis were up next. Each of the girls ran incredible splits placing them at 4th place and earning all-state. To add to the excitement, they were able to break the school record set back in 1989. The old record was 9:35 and the ladies ran a 9:33.05. Our 4x200m relay team of Jocie Berry, Ashley Oliver, Lilli Luma, and Hannah Pariseau competed next. They all ran great and were able to get a new PR to wrap up a great relay! Riley Robertson was another athlete that got caught with the rain delay just moments before she was getting ready to run the 1600m. After the rain delay, she ran a smart race. She ran a 5:25 1600m and passed several people in the final stretch with a great kick. Alyna Lewis ran in the 800m run. She was able to place 7th, earning all state and ran a time of 2:17, which was enough to land her name on the school record book for the second time in the meet and knocked off the old record from 2007 of 2:18. Our 4x400m relay team rounded out the night. After 3 rain delays and nearly 12 hours after the first running event had taken place, they lined up on the track ready to run. The girls all ran incredibly well and was able to earn all-state with 5th place with a time of 4:06. The western ladies walked away with 3 all-state places and showed their toughness through the multiple rain delays. They didn’t waver under the pressure and showed up. It was the perfect end to a nearly perfect season for the ladies.
To sum up the season, the ladies went undefeated in the conference, won the conference championship, won the regional championship, won 2 out of 3 of their invitationals, qualified 3 relay teams, 2 individual runners, and 2 pole vaulters to the state finals (which was the most taken in several years), had 3 all-state finishes at the state finals, and 3 school records were broken this season by Alyna Lewis (800m – 2:17), 3200m relay -9:33 (Oliver, Roberston, Humphreys, A.Lewis), and Emalee de La Grange (Pole Vault – 9’7). Great job ladies and congrats on making history this season!