After every track meet I get an email from the VNN website, “How did Thursday night go?”
Well it went AWESOME! The Tosa East Girls track and field team have 13 girls going to state in 7 different events!
Leading the day off was the 4x800m relay. Senior Elsa Klein did a fantastic job with the lead off leg, running a personal best time of 2:26 and handing the baton off tied with Waukesha West for the lead.
Junior Mara Zydek was our 2nd leg. Zydek ran very close to her personal best time of 2:31 and kept us right in 2nd position, only behind Waukesha West.
Freshman Cailin Olenchek has been strong for us all year and didn’t let us down when it counted. Despite going out too fast the first 400m, Cailin was able to stay strong and hand the baton off right with third place, running a solid time of 2:34.
Senior Abby Wood has been our strength the whole season and she was ready for the challenge once again. Having to take top 3 to move onto the State meet, Abby took off and settled in the 2nd position shortly after receiving the baton. Not looking back, Wood brought home the silver in the 4x800m relay helping the ladies advance in that event for the first time in over 7 years! The team ran 9 minutes and 52 seconds.
Shortly after the 4x800m relay was complete the shot put had it’s final throws in. Senior Kennedy Carthen showed some real grit and determination, throwing over a 2 foot personal best in her final attempts as a Tosa East athlete! Unfortunately 36 feet 1 inch was not enough, which placed her 5th respectively in a tough sectional for throws. Carthen also place 5th in the discus with a throw of 86 feet.
Sophomore Ela Nunez ran near her personal best in the 100m hurdles with a 17.22 second race, unfortunately she placed 5th overall and won’t advance. Nunez ran solid races all year for us in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Returning next season, I’m sure she’ll continue to get better and better.
Sophomore Jetta Mays continued Raider Silver ways and placed 2nd in the 100m dash. Moving onto State Mays ran a very solid time of 12.35 seconds, only behind conference rival Kiley Robbins from DSHA.
Junior Skye Sell battled in the 1600m run. After running a huge personal best with a 5 minute 53 second performance at the Regional meet Monday, Sell ran out of gas. A wonderful year for Skye and getting solid points for the team anytime she was out there.
Next up on the track was the 4x200m relay. The squad of Senior Addison Devine, Sophomore Maia Mays, Junior Chandler Yow, and Sophomore Jetta Mays had ran great all year in this event. Game day came and they showed no signs of letting up, taking 2nd place with a time of 1 minute 46.18 seconds on their way to state.
Junior Olivia Bowser and Sophomore Saniah Sharkey were on the other side of the state fence, placing 5th and 6th respectively. However, both ladies showed some true grit throughout the season always fighting to the last meter in every race!
A heart-breaker near the finish line in the 4x100m was scary deja-vu. With thoughts from the past, remembering when we had to do everything right in that race and still only had a chance was much too real. Going into the race we had to rotate kids in due to an injury to one of our athletes a few days prior. Still optimistic with our chances, the girls prepared well and ran well they did. Unfortunately, it was just another team’s day. Senior Addison Devine had a beautiful lead leg splitting in the low 12’s. Our 2nd leg, Maia Mays who had an unbelievable 105 meter backstretch run gave the baton to newly en-stated sophomore Ava Beisenstein. Ava ran her fastest split ever as well, holding a solid 2nd place with our anchor leg to go. Freshman Aliyah Reed-Hammon took the baton and ran brilliantly. Unfortunately she had two upperclassmen runners, whom one of them was going to state in the open 100m, pass her in final 15 meters. The relay finished 4th by .16 seconds. A tough one to take after all 4 ladies ran so well, but as I mentioned they did everything they could have and that’s all we ever ask for.
Sophomore Justine Catlett had a brilliant personal best at the Regional meet 3 days prior to the Sectional. Running a time of 49.86 which moves her within the top 8 all time at Tosa East, but with one of the toughest Sectionals in the state for her event it made for a rough day on Thursday. Justine finished 8th in the race, but we look forward to some great races from her next season!
Quite possibly the race of the day was the 800m for the girls. Senior Abby Wood in her final attempt to qualify as an individual for the state meet was ready to roll. After cruising in the 4x800m relay to help qualify her team for state, Wood ran the race of her life in the open taking 2nd only to a qualifier from a year ago. Abby broke the 31 year old school record in the process of qualifying for state. She ran the 800m in 2 minutes and 16.30 seconds!
Qualifying for her 3rd event of the day, Jetta Mays took down the 200m with golden fashion. Taking first with a time of 24.89 seconds, Mays has the 3rd fastest time going into the State meet! This is now her 5th event to qualify for state in 2 years.
Junior Skye Sell ran her 2nd race of the day in the 3200m run. The junior took 7th respectively with a time of 14 minutes 2 seconds.
Sophomore Ava Beisenstein had another solid jump day in the triple, going over 31 feet once again, placing her 8th for the day.
It’s been a few years since Tosa East has had a pole vaulter go to State. Well, we need not wait any longer, as our school record holder Amaya Ibanez-Baldor jumped 9 feet 6 inches to qualify for her first state meet!
Always the last event and arguably the most exciting, the 4x400m relay was a question mark whether they had the fire power to advance to the state meet. With Maia Mays and Abby Wood on your team, you had to take that chance. Leading off for the Raiders was Mara Zydek who handed to Maia Mays. Mays took off on the back stretch and caught about 3 teams putting us in 4th place. Junior Olivia Bowser ran a great race and was able to hang with 3 other teams with Waukesha West way out in front. So with the anchor leg receiving the baton there were 3 teams left for 2 spots. Abby Wood hammered down the final leg and brought home a solid 2nd place for the team. Qualifying her team and her 3rd event of the day!
Congratulations ladies, to those who qualified and to those Seniors who battled and showed some great will and determination even if they didn’t advance. So Proud for you to be a Raider!
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