The Girls Track and Field Team competed this past weekend in La Crosse for the State Championships.
Leading off the charge as she always does was MVP of her team, Brooklyn Blackburn. Blackburn ran a smoking prelim race on Friday, breaking her old school record with a time of 14.56 seconds. That was the 3rd fastest time going into Saturday.
Friday was a cooler day with a little head wind for the 100m runners. Blackburn got out of the blocks very well, which is something she’s been working on. Getting out almost too well though, she hit the first hurdle and was unable to recover back up to the top 2 finishers. Brooklyn had a very good year and finishing 3rd at state was maybe a disappointment to her, but was one place higher than her finish last year.
Up next on the track was the 4x200m relay team that broke the school record at the Sectional meet a week earlier to take first and move onto State. On Friday at State, the team of Freshman Maia Mays, Junior Brooklyn Blackburn, Senior Melina Paul and Freshman Jetta Mays took stage trying to qualify for the next day’s finals. They ran well with a time of 1:44.09 putting them in 8th position going into the final day.
With the top 6 places receiving medals at State, the lineup was slightly switched for the finals to maximize our talents. Senior Hannah Brooks, was the squads best starter out of the blocks, which then let our 200m-400m runner, Freshman Maia Mays get a rolling start on the third leg. With these switches it allowed to maximize the girls’ speed and abilities. Senior Melina Paul had done an exceptional job for the team and the 4x200m relay in particular over the past 2 years. With needing Brooks to start because of the shaky start we had on day one, that meant Maia Mays would slide into Pauls’ spot, since she was our 2nd fastest 200m sprinter on the team.
The ladies ran quite well placing 6th by .06 seconds! The team was only .25 seconds off the school record and most likely would have gotten it if the third exchange was a little smoother. Maia Mays ran very well on the third leg and ran up on her twin sister, Jetta. “If the weather would have been a little nicer and if Jetta just gets out a little faster we go under 1:43 and break the school record again,” Coach Losinski commented. “The girls ran great this year and I’m so glad they were able to get that 6th spot to medal!”
The final event on prelim Friday was the 4x400m relay. Senior Hannah Brooks lead off the race, running one of her best times of her career. She was followed by Abby Wood who took off and put us in the top 3 at the second exchange. Wood had the best split of the day with a blazing 58.7 seconds. Brooklyn Blackburn ran the third leg and handed off to Freshman Maia Mays. The ladies ran well, but not quite good enough to make finals, which took a 4:01.01. Their time of 4:02.69 placed them 14th in the state out of 24.
Finishing the season in the last race for the Raiders 2018 track season was Co-MVP Jetta Mays. The Freshman sensation stunned many this season, with her breaking records in the indoor 55m dash, the outdoor 200m open and helping both sprint relays take down the records as well in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays.
Jetta ran down 2 teams that had a 15-20m lead on her in the final leg of the 4x200m relay on Saturday to bring home the 6th place finish by 0.06 seconds. Mays was also in the open 200m, running another personal best and re-setting the school record in the prelims with a time of 24.51 seconds!
Unfortunately the next day brought cooler and windier conditions. Mays finished just out of a medal place at 7th in the final race. With a head wind and running multiple races over the weekend, Jetta just finished behind Grace Matzke of De Pere for 6th by .03 seconds! An amazing year for the freshman!
To all the Raider ladies that worked so hard over the season and beyond, great work! The coaches at Tosa East are proud of you and are already looking forward to next season!
For complete results of the State meet follow the link below: