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Girls Track takes on MSL Meet

Regan Cornelius’21 rounds the bend in the 4 by 800. (Courtesy Dr. Sweazy-Grammel)

This week the Vikes raced in the MSL championships at Whitehall Yearling. On this large stage, our girls showed they were ready for postseason. Starting the meet with the preliminary races on Tuesday, May 7, the majority of our girls qualified to move on to finals and competed for medals on Friday, May 10.

In the girls 100 meter dash, Kiersten Thomassey’20 continued her impressive season with a 2nd place finish, running a 13.05. Thomassey also placed second in the 200, running a 26.99. Hannah Clay ‘21 finished 5th in the race with a 27.41 before running the 400, in which she finished 4th, with a 1:02.76. Just in front of her was captain Sammie Kass’19, who won first place in an outstanding time of 1:00.99. 

In the distance events, Annalise Grammel’20 ran a 2:23.99 en route to her victory in the 800. Grammel then finished 2nd in the mile run with a 5:27.14. In the two-mile, Maddie Tuckerman’19 placed 4th with a personal best of 11:56.52.

In the hurdles, senior Ginnie Ma continued her outstanding season with a 2nd place finish, running at 16.65. Ma also ran the 300-meter hurdles, finishing 4th with a 51.83. Meanwhile, coming off of her school record high jump of 5’4,” Mabry Nichols’20 won the high jump for the second year in a row, jumping 5’ 4″again. Nichols also placed 4th in long jump, jumping 14’ 3.” 

In relays, Academy proved its strength and depth of bench. The 4-by-400 meter resulted in a blowout win of over 13 seconds with a 4:13:38. The girls placed 3rd in the 4-by-800, running 10:11:54, and rounded out their successful meet with a win in the 4 by 200 meter relay with a 1:50.01. 

Our girls proved that they are forces to be reckoned with moving into postseason. The Vikes are looking forward to Districts on Tuesday, May 14, Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18 at Watkins Memorial High School. 


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