Kate's reaction to the DMR time and place pretty much sums up how the coaching staff felt after the State relays were finished.
The lead up to the meet getting postponed and moved to Wednesday left me a little nervous. The first event took away those nerves quickly. Nikki Clifford started things off by splitting 3:58.1(#5 all time indoor split). She handed off to Brianna King 62.4, Jaden Sweely 2:32.1 and Kate Rathman 5:13(#4 all time indoor split). Combined they ran 12:45.86(#6 AT Indoors), a 25 second season best, to finish 4th. This is the fastest DMR we have run since 2011. This also was an Eastern States qualifier. Of the 6 relays that ran, 5 of them were season best times.Of the 28 individual performances that took place 22 of them were season best if not lifetime best performances. It was great to see the girls hard work paying off for them.
Next up was the Shuttle Hurdle Relay that ran 38.76 to finish 24th. Kailyn Clark lef the group off with a lifetime best split of 8.7. The 4x200m relay was next up on the track. Kianah Jordan, Jill Strauss, Izzy Decker and Joynee Bowers teamed up to run the fastest 4x200 that we have posted this season, Running 1:56.08, they finished 28th.
The 4x800m relay was next to line up and this race proved to be as exciting as the DMR was. Freshman Jocely Kugler started things off with her 2nd ever 800 splitting 2:31.3, Nikki Clifford took the stick and split 2:28.8 handing off to Meghan Carroll splitting 2:31.7 leaving Kate Rathman to anchor in 2:27.6. Combined they ran 9:59.53 #11 AT Indoors(also a 25 second season best) to place 6th.
The SMR team of Alison Cooke, Kianah Jordan, Jill Strauss and KAyla McAdams was next up on the track running 4:42.23 to finish 20th. The track ended with the 4x400m relay team of Jocelyn Kugler, Meghan CArroll, Brianna King, and Jaden Sweely posting their fastest time this season to run 4:17.99 to finish 14th.
In the field we saw Kelly Dooling throw a lifetime pr of 29'8.75" in the shot put.She teamed up with Fejiro Akiri to place 24th. In the end the team finished 17th over all. Great performances by every lady chief that competed.
Next up for the team is the Ocean Breeze Invitational as we head to Long Island.