4x800 Lady ‘Cat relay team records second fastest time in state for Class AA


GRAFTON— During their home meet on Wednesday, the Lady Bearcats 4x800 relay team earned one of the four fastest finishing times in the state for girls class AA.

“I had been talking to the Fairmont Senior coach coming into this meet. We knew this Quad was going to be a good measuring stick for our 4x800 teams,” shared Head Coach for the Lady ‘Cats PD Louzy. “And It didn’t disappoint!”

Of the four competing teams hitting the state’s record for the class, three including Grafton, Fairmont Senior and North Marion represented Region I, while Philip- Barbour represented Region 2. 

Coming in at a time of 10:34.36, Fairmont Senior took first, while North Marion recorded a time of 10:37.66 for third and PB came in fourth with a time of 10:37.78. 

And recording the second fastest time in the event was our very own Lady Bearcats. The Lady ‘Cats wrapped up the race with a time of 10:34.53, coming incredibly close to that first-place spot. 

Standout Emily Viani ran the anchor leg with an impressive finishing time of 2:27.

Viani also shined in the 400-meter, earning second with a time of 1:04.03, while freshman Hadley Horne, who continues to recover from a foot injury that occurred during basketball season, finished the event in fifth with a time of 1:06.04. 

 During the 100-meter dash, sophomore Mackenzie Hunter clocked in a season best time of 14.15, finishing in sixth, while senior Payden Morris also had a good performance in the 300 hurdles. 

Morris completed the event in under a minute with a time of 59.4, to secure fifth place.

“Jerra (Halbritter) also had a solid meet,” Louzy noted. 

 She won the shot-put event with a throw of 33 feet, six inches and also tacked on a win in the girls discus throw with a throw of 81 feet, three inches.

“We finally had nice weather for a track meet! All the girls’ times improved.  But, I don’t get too caught up in scoring a bunch of points in these midweek, small meets,” explained Louzy.  “We try to get kids into the events they are doing well in, and use these meets to work on their times.”

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