On a strange weather day, with multiple storm delays, sunny skies, humidity, cold winds, etc, the 3 individual state qualifiers did their best to compete among the best at the Division I State Finals at East Kentwood HS. 44th place might not seem that great, but we have not had anyone score in the top 8 in the state meet in over 10 years, so this is a step in the right direction.
First up was Jasmine Correa in the shot put. While she didn’t have the throws she was hoping for on that day, she threw 36’5″ finishing 14th overall.
Next was Mady VanWieren in the 800m run. She had to deal with another weather delay a few minutes before she was supposed to race. During the 30 minute delay, she gathered herself, refocused, and then went out and ran the best race of her career by 1.4 seconds. She ran 2:17.3 finishing 10th overall.
Shortly after Mady, Abby Olson lined up for the 3200m run. It happened to be the warmest part of the entire day during these races…not ideal, but everyone competes in the same conditions. It was a stacked field and Abby was in the mix. In the end, she didn’t have the time she was hoping for, but she ran 11:22 and finished 19th overall.
Finally, after waiting out multiple delays and a poorly run event, Jasmine was able to throw discus. After the stadium cleared out and only a handful of coaches, parents and supportive teammates were left to watch the discus finals, Jasmine was able to hold it together mentally and physically to throw 125’1″, finishing 7th overall and earning ALL-STATE honors. She is the first female track athlete to do this in 10 years.
Congratulations to all of these girls!