Girls pick up where they left off

by Tyler Foster

On March 31, the PCM girls’ track team hosted their first outdoor meet, and after a strong season last year, the team was looking to continue their success. With only five teams participating at the meet, the girls statistically stood a good chance to do very well. And they did just that.
The 4×200 team of senior Mackenzie Clarke, juniors Ashley Van Gorp and Emily Hugen and sophomore Jayci Vos ran a time of 1:52.82 which puts them top 20 in the state and the second fastest tiem in 2A. Vos and Hugen also ran in the 100-meter dash, finishing first and second with times of 13.64 and 14.10, respectively. Sophomore Rachel Stafford finished in first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 65.15, and senior Rachel Peter commanded the long distance, finishing first in the 1500 and 3000 with times of 5:25.93 and 11:49.40, respectively. The 4×800 team that consisted of junior Morgan Novak, sophomore Rachel Stafford and freshmen Baylee Smith and Amaya Hartson also finished in first place with a time of 11:06.62.
Head Coach Bridget Martin said, “A few of the personal bests came from when we were running out on our own which shows us the girls are doing a great job of pushing themselves and working internally to get better.”
In the field events, senior Grace Telfer finished third place in both shot put and discus with hurls of 34-02 and 91-07, respectively, and Van Gorp finished in first place with a jump of 14’08.
“It was a great night to run; we couldn’t have asked for better weather. It is always good to get outdoors and get a starting point for the season.” Martin said, “We were very impressed with our finishes tonight. There were multiple times when we outraced other teams at the finish. We talked before the meet that when your legs are tired, your heart will need to do the work. Our girls showed a lot of heart tonight.”
The girls next meet will be in Eddyville tonight with field events starting roughly around 4:30 p.m. and after that meet the girls will travel to Pleasantville for their next meet.
Peter later said, “Our team is already so close and supportive. It was a perfect first meet to go out and show everyone how strong this team really is. I’m really looking forward to where the season will take us!”