The girls track team was represented at the state meet this past weekend by freshman Emma Bucher and junior Grace Kilroy in the 1,600 meter run, junior Libby Roush in the discus and senior Kennedy Coker in the 300 hurdles.
On Friday night, Coker ran in the first heat of the 300 hurdles needing to qualify for Saturday night’s finals. Coming in as the wild card, nothing was guaranteed and Kennedy knew that. She dug deep and turned in a great time of 44.52 to finish third in her heat and advance to Saturday night’s finals. In that final race, she turned in a time of 45.43 to finish 9th in the state and wrap up her fantastic career which will take her next to The Ohio State University to compete for the Buckeyes.
On Saturday, junior Libby Roush competed in the finals of the discus competition and had her best throw of the day on her first attempt. That throw of 123 feet, 2 inches earned her tenth place in the state and she still has a season to go next year. Great job, Libby!
The final event the girls competed in Saturday night was the 1,600 meter run. The Elks had two of the final 18 runners in the event and both finished in the top eight to make their way onto the podium and earn all-state honors. Junior Grace Kilroy finished in a time of 4:59.36 which landed her in eighth place. Meanwhile, freshman Emma Bucher finished in a time of 4:53.40 to earn state runner-up honors. She was able to overcome the regional record holder from Turpin who had beaten her by two seconds last week at Wayne by 1.37 seconds, a turnaround of three seconds in one week. Outstanding job, ladies!