Academy in the lead. (Charlie Belford’22/Media)
Our girls had their last two regular season meets before leagues, which gained confidence for postseason. The first meet was on Wednesday, May 1 against Bloom Carroll at home.
In the 100 meter dash, three Vikings placed in the top four. Kiersten Thomassey ‘20 flew to a first place finish with a time of 12.64, with Mabry Nichols’20 and Olivia Archibald’21 not far behind in third and fourth. Thomassey kept it up in the 200, winning with a time of 30.00. Our Vikes also continued their sprinting dominance in the 400 meter dash, with Sammie Kass’19 running a 1:02.07 to place first, and Annalise Grammel’20 hot on her heels in second with a 1:02.14
Not to be outdone, our distance girls also had some impressive finishes. Grammel easily won the mile run, running a 5:43.91. In the 800 meter run, the girls took second to fifth place, with Regan Cornelius ‘21 running a 2:31.55 to finish second, followed by Maddie Tuckerman’19, Hannah Clay’21, and Mary Kate Prall’22.
Archibald showed she was a natural in the 300 meter hurdles, running a 54.86 and finishing third. Nichols’20 also performed very well in the field events, earning second place finishes in both the high and long jumps.
The Vikings only participated in one relay on May 1- that being the 4 by 400 meter relay. They took advantage of the opportunity, winning with a 4:33.72.
The next meet came on Friday, May 3 at Otterbein University. The Vikings came ready to attempt some upsets in the stacked D1 field. Grammel blazed to a first place finish in the 800 with a season best of 2:26, while Cornelius earned third in the mile with a 5:32.
The sprinters also brought the heat, with Thomassey flying to a sixth place finish. The 4 by 100 team of Archibald, Sarah Neltner’19, Nichols, and Thomassey earned another sixth place finish for the Vikes, showing they are competitive with top D1 teams. Still, our girls weren’t done yet. The 4 by 400 team of Clay, Cornelius, Grammel, and Kass ran a season best of 4:12, snatching second place.
CA looks to earn the title of league champions next week on Tuesday, May 7, and Friday, May 10.