- Keith Hjelle
Expectations Fall Short for Both Boys' and Girls' Relay Teams on Day Two at State
There are times when outcomes fall short of expectations and one of those days was yesterday for both the girls' and boys' ACGC track teams. Day one at Drake stadium had been an exhilarating day, with outstanding performances by several Chargers. Things mostly fell a bit short yesterday.
The day started well, with junior Mady McDermott uncorking one of her better throws of the season in the discus. McDermott came into the event with the thirteenth best qualifying throw of 113'1', but managed a toss of 121'9" on her first attempt yesterday. Although she did not improve on that with her succeeding attempts, she still managed a seventh place finish to pick up two team points for the Chargers. Thus far, she is the only ACGC competitor to have scored in two events at state, as she finished eighth in the shot put on Thursday.
Things didn't go so well in the running events for the Chargers, as two girls' and one boys' relay teams failed to finish in the money. Coming into the state meet, the girls' distance medley team of Mady Smith, Savana Fuller, Sara Schmeling, and Kate Crawford had the second fasted qualifying time at 4:20.71. Their time of 4:28.17 yesterday fell short, and they finished in twentieth place overall. However, even if they had equaled their qualifying time, the team would not have finished in the top eight.
Expectations for the girls' 800 relay team (Reagan Rumelhart, Sara Schmeling, Mady Smith, Savana Fuller) were not as great, as their qualifying time of 1:51.19 placed them twenty first out of the twenty four teams. Yesterday they ran the event in 1:54.47 and finished twenty second overall.
Going into the event, the boys' distance medley team of Dylan Soper, Justin Plowman, Caden Wardyn, and Clay Billheimer were ranked second based on their qualifying time of 3:40.38. Yesterday's time of 3:43.17 placed them twelfth overall. If they had equaled their qualifying time, the team would have taken eighth place in the event.
Despite falling a bit short yesterday, it does not diminish what the Chargers have accomplished this spring. Their effort and grit have taken them far--even unto the state meet. Competing at state is different for a whole variety of reasons than competing anywhere else. It can be very unpredictable, with things not always--sometimes rarely--going as expected. Let's see how things go today.
The Chargers will compete in four individual events today, with Kate Crawford getting things started at 10:30 AM with the 800 meter run. At 11:10 Clay Billheimer and Noah Nelson will run the 800. The same duo will run the 1500 meters at 2:15 PM, and Crawford will finish things up for ACGC with the 1500 meter run at 2:45. GO CHARGERS!!!
NOTE: This writer did not do his research, as there were substitutions in both of the girls' relays. Sara Schmeling was the scheduled runner, but she is on a mission trip and so substitutes ran in her place in both the 800 and distance medley. Olivia Laabs ran a leg of the 800 relay and Audrey Stowe ran the 400 in the distance medley. My apologies to all concerned.