The Bellefontaine High School lady Chiefs placed 3rd behind Indian Hill and Chaminade Julienne at the d2 Track and Field Meet held at Piqua Saturday. Many school record marks were shattered despite the hot windy conditions. It marked the 40th consecutive years a Chieftain has qualified to the state meet in track and field. The Chiefs qualified in 5 events led by Lauren Carter’s triple.
1st 100- Lauren Carter 12.60
2nd 200- Lauren Carter 25.43*
3rd 400- Lauren Carter 57.76*
1st 300 hurdles – Caitlyn Shumaker 43.72*
1st Discus- Anne West 136’ 2”
7th Shot- (Thursday) Shelby Fogan
9th 1600 – Brooke McClellan 5:43.90
Head Coach Davis shared, “The girls had a spectacular day. Lauren fought off the competition smashing her 400, 200 records. Caitlyn obliterated the school record by nearly 1.5 seconds en route to beating her nemesis Hannah Shumaker of Anna for the first time. Anne bested the toughest regional field in the state with her 4th toss of the day. Brooke has another crack at things being a junior.”
Throws coach Jim Robinson, “I was extremely proud of Anne’s perfomance today. She was mentally and physically sharp from start to finish. Her hard work and dedication to her goals made her deserving of her success today. She took on a big challenge and persevered. If she continues to do the little things, she has a great chance of success next week at state.”
Sprint Coach Sigrist added, “Lauren has worked relentlessly this season to come back from injury. Lauren and coach young have been working on the mental side of coming back from injury and trusting her training and it ultimately showed today as she performed with poise in the heat and against stiff competition. Breaking a school record and qualifying in three events in today’s wind and heat is a testament to her toughness and training.”
Coach Sig continued, “Caitlyn ran a perfect race today. We knew that if she executed the first half of her race that second half came down to guts and toughness. She has both of those more so than anyone else in that race! I’m proud of her running her race and not worrying about anyone else.”
The Chiefs day at state starts off on Friday with the discus final at 9:30 A.M. and the running event prelims at 2:20 pm.