The Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca girls’ track and field team racked up 28 points and a top 10 finish in the Class B standings of this year’s state track and field meet last weekend at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Medal winners were Lauren Sand and Sarah Antes, in the pole vault, Julia Reed, triple jump; and Haley Harsin, 400, 800, and 1600.
“On Friday afternoon Lauren put an exclamation point on her pole vault career by finishing third with a vault of 10’8” that also broke her own school record,” said Coach Chris Moore. “Seeing her also medal in the 100 meter dash was just icing on the cake. Lauren has been one of our top performers the past four years and has put together a great career that includes three school records and four state medals.
“Sarah showed a ton of focus and mental toughness by posting a season best performance with a vault of 9’6” and finishing in seventh place. Not very many kids medal their first trip to the state track meet, but Sarah can add her name to this relatively short list,” said Moore.
“Julia competed extremely well in earning an eight place medal in the triple jump,” said Moore. “She wasn't necessarily at her best, but she never got down on herself and continued to fight during the entire competition. It was great to see her walking around on Saturday with a medal around her neck.
Emily Harsin, the Rockets’ top hurdler, would have added her name to the team’s list of medalists had it not been for an unfortunate fall.
“Emily took a terrible fall in the 100 meter hurdles preliminary race,” said Moore. “She was leading her heat at the second to last hurdle when she fell and sustained a fractured radius. Emily showed her guts and determination by, first of all, finishing the race. Then after consulting with the medical personal, she continued to compete in the 300 meter hurdles and in the 1600 meter relay. I know Emily is obviously disappointed, but I also know that someone who showed as much guts as she did on Friday and Saturday will be one very motivated and focused athlete who is going to be extremely difficult to beat next season.”
“Haley was pretty shook up after watching her sister fall in the hurdles,” said Moore “ She had about an hour to regain her focus and run her 400 prliminary race. She showed mental toughness of her own, by running a 58.55 and qualifying for Saturday's final. On Saturday morning Haley ran a great race while finishing the 800 run in second place. She broke her own school record by over three seconds and just missed posting an all-time top 10 performance in the state of Nebraska. She came back a few hours later to win her second medal of the weekend in the 400 meter dash. Afterwards, Haley had about an hour to get ready for the 1600 meter run. She spent a lot of this time in ice just trying to get her body temperature down. Haley responded by running her best time of the year in the 1600 and finishing in fourth place. There just aren't too many competitors like Haley around.”
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