The first day of the state track meet found two Charger distance runners placing in their respective specialties in record setting heat. The official temperature was 93 degrees, but we all know it was hotter on the track. Kate Crawford placed second in the 3000 meter run for the second consecutive year to Marie Hosteler of Mid Prairie. Crawford stayed with the celebrated senior from Wellman for three fourths of the race when Hostetler began to pull away on the final 800 yards. Crawford improved her state qualifying time by twenty seconds, finishing the course in 10:27.51. Clearly Kate is among the elite distance runners in the state. Crawford's second place finish garnered eight points for the Chargers, placing them in a tie for eighth place in the team scoring.
Meanwhile, Charger Noah Nelson made a final push in the 3200 meter run to take eighth place among the twenty four qualifying runners. Nelson finished just under the ten minute mark when he crossed the finish line in 9:59.16.
Madison McDermott was denied a place among the top eight shot putters when she finished ninth with a put of 38 feet, a personal best for the Charger senior. It was the second straight year in which McDermott finished ninth, just missing out on a place in the top eight. Last year she missed qualifying for the finals by one half inch, and this year by just over a foot.. Still, to accomplish a personal best at the state meet is great way to conclude an outstanding career.
Quentin Younker was the other "weight" (shot put and discus throw) competitor for ACGC when he competed in the shot put for the Chargers. The junior put the 12 pound ball 46'9.25" but did not make the cutoff to make it to the finals.
The two top Charger sprinters--Savana Fuller and Dylan Soper both ran in the fast heat, but did not place in their 100 meter specialties. Fuller ran the race in 13.37, while Soper was clocked in 11.74 seconds.
The girls' 3200 meter relay consisting of Audrey Stowe, Jorga Hoover, Lauryn Embleton, and Rylee Sloss failed to place when they ran the event in 10:23. Unofficial split times were: Stowe-2:29; Hoover--2:40; Embleton--2:40; Sloss--2:34.
The meet continues today when the Charger girls will compete in five events, and the boys will be involved in three. Go Chargers!