The Tosa East girls track and field team competed at the State meet in La Crosse May 31 – June 1st. With 7 different events the ladies scored 9 points to finish 28th out of 65 teams that scored at state and out of 128 division one schools in the state.
Friday afternoon May 31st, was hot and muggy, with temperatures reaching close to 90 degrees. Sophomore Jetta Mays started the team off with a solid run in the 100m dash. Running the race in 12.30 seconds, Jetta sprinted to a spot in the dash, ranking 8th going into finals on Saturday.
Next on the track was the 4x200m relay. All season long the ladies did very well in this event, showing off their speed and endurance. Senior Addison Devine lead off with her fastest split ever of 25.9 seconds, which was exactly what we needed from her. Unfortunately it ended up being her final race of her career. The team did run very close to their fastest time of the year, but it just wasn’t quite enough with too many teams running their best as well. Sophomore Maia Mays also ran a great race, clocking in around 25.8 seconds for her split. Junior Chandler Yow ran well on the third leg holding the team around the 5th spot. Jetta Mays anchored for the relay, snatching one team in the process. Our time of 1:45.62 put the relay 15th in the state when it was all said and done.
Senior Abby Wood, who broke a 33 year old school record in the 800m at the Sectional meet, was competing in her first open event at State. With a very tough field of runners who had a plethora of races of this magnitude under their belt, Wood was going to have to navigate a lot of unknowns. Having to mis-step twice during the race due to a close bundle of runners, Abby was just not able to reproduce her time from a week prior. Still running a solid race, Wood placed 11th with a time of 2:18.48, with 12 out of the top 15 athletes running personal best times. Abby continues her career of running as she will be attending Washington University in St. Louis to run on their track team next season.
Jetta Mays was back on the track and running hot like the day was. Mays qualified for the finals in the 200m dash after running the race in 24.88 seconds. Jetta ranked 6th going into Saturdays’s meet.
The 4x400m relay was the last event of the evening. The squad of Olivia Bowser, Maia Mays, Mara Zydek and Abby Wood ran a season best time of 4:04.99. Which was over 5 seconds better than the week before. Running an amazing lead off leg, Olivia had a huge personal best split just over 61 seconds. Maia Mays ran very well too, splitting just under 60 at 59.9 seconds. Mara Zydek also ran a personal best time of 62.7 seconds! Abby Wood ran well with a time of 59.4 seconds for a solid anchor leg.
Saturday was finals day for many races and high school careers. The 4x800m relay team had two of those such runners. Starting off the day for the Raiders. Senior Elsa Klein lead off the relay, splitting a nice time of just under 2 minutes 28 seconds. Junior Mara Zydek ran well in 2nd position, splitting around her PR. Freshman Cailin Olenchek took advantage of her opportunity at the State meet. She ran her best time ever, a 2 minute 30 second 800m split for the freshman. Abby Wood running her final race was solid once again bringing home the baton and helping her team to move up 3 position rankings from 20th to 17th in the state.
Senior Amaya Ibanez-Baldor was riding high after her Sectional qualifying pole vaulting last week. Unfortunately, Amaya’s career ended while trying to clear the opening height, which would have tied her personal best. A tough height to come in at with the best competition in the state at your heels.
The final two races of the Raiders State meet were medal placing, speed racing, and belonged to hammer time Jetta Mays. Jetta brought home some hardware in her final two races of this 2019 season. She placed 4th in the 100m dash with personal best time of 12.06 seconds which was only .06 seconds away from 3rd place. And in the 200m dash she placed 5th with a time of 24.60 seconds, which is just off her PR. Jetta is Tosa East’s record holder in the 200m and only .02 seconds off the 100m record!
Congratulations to all the ladies for a wonderful season. We have another solid crew returning next season and fare well to all the seniors who graduated and are moving on to their next chapter in their lives!
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