by Jaidyn Hinkley
The varsity girls track team went to Hudsonville on Saturday for individual state. The girls did great and they certainly performed to the best of their abilities. The girls placed second at individual state for the first time in 24 years. Fowler took first with a score of 87, Pittsford took second with a score of 55.5, and Southfield Christian took third with 37 points.
The Ladycats came home with 11 all-state titles. To be all state, you had to place 8th or better in an event. Junior Alison Toner was all state in both the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. She placed third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.88. In the 300m hurdles she placed second and broke her own school record once again with a time of 46.02. “It felt really good because at the beginning of the year I was just focused on beating the record and as the year went on I got better and better and ended up crushing the record by the end,” happily explained Ali. Freshman Karrie Belcher was all state in the 3200m run. She placed sixth with a time and a PR of 11:58.54. “It felt really good. It felt like I was on top of the world,” shared Karrie. Sophomore Rachael Patterson was all state in pole vault with a jump of 9-09.00 and she received third. “At first I was bummed that I got lower than what I was ranked, but then I realized how hard I had worked for even that and that it was a great opportunity to be there at all. I’m very happy to have gotten the chance to vault and become all state, but I’ll always want to PR/ go a little higher,” explained Rachael. Senior Mollie Smith was also all state in pole vault, placing sixth with a jump of 9-03.00. Sophomore Lindsey Clarke was all state in high jump with a PR and a height of 5-01.00. She earned herself fourth place. “The feeling is so hard to put into words. All of the hard work, all of the late practices, all the time spent with coaches, it was amazing to be on the podium and to be all state. But next year I’m going to get the record, which is 5-02.00. I was only off by one inch,” proudly shared Lindsey. Makayla McDaniel was also all state in high jump. She placed fifth with a jump and a PR of 5-01.00. All four of the relay teams made all state also. The 4x100m relay team (Jordyn Cole, Rachael Patterson, Gabby Richards, and Makayla McDaniel) was also all state and second with a time and a new school record of 51.49. “It was unreal! I mean it meant so much and to have it be a reality, it just makes me feel accomplished,” excitedly said Gabby. The 4x200m relay team (Jordyn Cole, Makayla McDaniel, Gabby Richards, and Alison Toner) was all state and second with a new school record and time of 1:46.89. “It felt really good. I was really proud of how hard the relay team has worked this year to be all state in the 4×200. It was so amazing to be able to run with those girls this year and I can’t wait to run with them again next year. It was an amazing year,” shared Makayla. The 4x400m relay team (Sara Cole, Makayla McDaniel, Rachael Patterson, and Alison Toner.) was all state placing fifth with a time of 4:19.15. Lastly the 4x800m relay team (Karrie Belcher, Gabrielle, Danielle Jagielski, and Renee Osborne.) was all state, placing eighth with a time of 10:23.80.
The varsity girls track team had a phenomenal year this year. They broke and re-broke several records throughout the year and they pushed themselves to their limit, won a MITCA state title and a runner-up at individual state. It all definitely payed off in the end. Until next year….