The Eastern District meet is now complete. The Lady Tigers ended the meet with a 4th place team finish, with several girls earning themselves another week of competition.
The first gold for to the Lady Tigers came on Tuesday and belongs to the 4×8 team of Haylee Gregan, Cali Weber, Katie James, and Ashley Visnic. As the meet was on a delay for computer issues, the girls stayed calm and rested.
“There were several hold ups to the meet, which caused some warm up issues with the girls. They know by now when to warm up, but as several of the events were being delayed for various reasons, many of the girls warmed up more than once for each event. We are never ones to make excuses for our team, but it is unfortunate for the athletes to be more tired from warming up, than from racing.”
Jillian Joseph, who has been battling injuries this season, jumped to a 6th place finish in the high jump. The high jump was also delayed due to computer issues on Tuesday.
On Friday, Katie James started the meet in the right direction for the Lady Tigers. She placed 2nd in the 1600 meter run, after a 30 minute lightning delay postponed the race.
“Katie just runs. She doesn’t think, she doesn’t stress, she just runs. She always just does what we ask of her. The only two things that Katie worries about are applying sunscreen before the race and whether or not her number will stick on her leg for the entire race. Those are the type of worries we can handle. “
Ashley Visnic continued to shine as she earned herself a first place finish in the 800 meter run. Ashley finished her final District meet with two first place finishes.
“Ashley is such a confident runner and a joy to watch compete. She is a leader to her teammates both on and off the track and one of the most coachable kids we have. Her hard work shows every time she steps on the track.”
Freshman, Mattie Reiman, ran to a 6th place finish in the 300 hurdles. Running the race a total of 8 times this year, Mattie proved to be one of the top hurdlers around.
In the 3200, James ran to a 2nd place finish, while Cali Weber just missed advancing in the event. She earned herself the 5th place spot while knocking 10 more seconds off of her time. Cali ran the 3200 for the first time three weeks ago and over those 3 weeks, she dropped over a minute and a half from her time.
With an open pit style competition, there was a lot of waiting between attempts, but Carri Kropka earned a 6th place finish in the long jump. As she was 4th going into the finals, she just missed advancing to the regional meet.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Tigers was the 4×400 team of Haylee Gregan, Jonna Eneix, Mattie Reiman, and Ashley Visnic. The team placed 6th with a new season PR of 4:27.
“At this point in the year, each week is another opportunity to get a better time, to beat someone else, to prove what type of runner you are. We have complete confidence in our girls and know that they are not done competing yet.”