The Byron girls track team won their second straight Section 1A title this past week and will be sending two individual event winners to state along with one relay.
The team accumulated 80.5 points to win the section meet, 11 points ahead of second place PEM. The girls performed very well across the board and it took everyone to grind this win out.
Emma Weatherly will be advancing to state for the fourth year in a row in the 100 hurdles. Emma was seeded third going into the finals and put together her best race of the season winning the race in a time of 15.8.
Taylor Kreitinger will be advancing to her third state meet in the 800 where she also took first with a season best time of 2:17.
The 4x200 relay will be making the trip to state as they finished second and also ran the state standard in a new school record time of 1:45.33. The relay is made up of three first time state participants and includes Katie Lambrecht, Kirsten Nelson, Payton Sampson and Taylor Kreitinger. All the girls will be back in action on Friday, June 8, for the preliminary round and then hopefully the finals on Saturday.
These ladies were backed up by several of their teammates who also had solid section performances.
Katie Lambrecht came very close to qualifying in the open 200 where she finished third with a PR time of 26.66. In the mile, seventh grader Michaela Hamilton ran well picking up a couple of points finishing eighth in a time of 5:47. In the 300 hurdles, Claire Graham put together her best race of her young career taking seventh in a time of 49.13.
The girls had two other relays finish in the points with the 4x100 relay finishing third, one place out of advancing to state, with a season best time of 50.95. The relay was made up of Katie Lambrecht, Paige Coleman, Kirsten Nelson and Payton Sampson.
The 4x800 relay also ran well and finished seventh in a time of 10:25. The relay consisted of Michaela Hamilton, Ally Akervik, Josi Cordes and Annika Johnson.
In the field events the girls picked up a handful more points, but were unable to advance anyone this year.
In the pole vault both Emma Johnson and Paige Coleman cleared 8'5. Emma finished fifth and Paige finished seventh. In the long jump Emma Weatherly finished sixth with a jump of 16'3 and in the triple jump Emma finished third with a jump of 34'7. Grace Warmsbecker also made it to the finals of the triple jump finishing seventh with a new PR of 33'6.
This season has been a tough one with the late start to the outdoor season as a result of the poor weather. The girls did a great job of grinding it out and it says a lot about their mental toughness. Congratulations once again ladies and good luck to those moving on to state.