Freshman demolish previous records for new personal bests


LEWIS COUNTY— The ladies of the Grafton High School Bearcat track team continue to amaze, as they unceasingly strive for better, pushing themselves, becoming stronger, faster athletes and as a result, they are breaking personal records and taking wins.

The lady Cats traveled to Lewis County over the weekend to put their talents to the test at the 2021 Big 10 Conference Championship meet.

Competing against a multitude of talents from more than ten area high schools, Grafton found themselves coming up short of securing top spots on the day. However, several Lady Bearcats enjoyed personal victories on the day, as they saw noticeable improves on their recorded results.

Freshman Jerra Halbritter has been one to watch all season long. With heart and determination that well surpasses most her age, she has made great strides during her first track season as a Lady Cat.

During the meet, Halbritter exceeded her own personal best in the girls shot put event with a throw of 32-9; enough to claim the second-place finish, falling just behind Fairmont Senior junior Gracie Lamb, who recorded a throw of 33-04.

“Jerra continues to improve every week. As a freshman, competing against mostly juniors and seniors, placing second is a major achievement,” noted head coach Becky Lake.

She shared that Halbritter has the potential to develop into a formidable opponent saying, “ With a little bit of strength training in her future, Jerra will surely be crushing some records by her senior year!”

Fellow freshman teammates River Sipes and Emily Viani are also becoming strong competitors, destroying previously recorded times, and keeping the competition on edge.

“Emily continues to excel in the open 800 meter run,” commented assistant coach Olivia Shaw.

Viani took fourth in the event, recording at time of 2:32.87; a new personal record.

Sipes also pushed herself in the 1600 meter run. Although she finished in ninth-place, she recorded her current season best is a time of 6:11.42.

“The efforts brought by this small, but mighty Lady Cats distance team has been impressive,” Shaw voiced. “They have a strong work ethic, and their self-motivation in practice continues to result in faster times at meets.”

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