CHARLESTON— The Grafton High School boys and girls track teams sent 12 members to the class AA state meet over the weekend, and while both groups had hoped for a better showing, valuable experiences were gained that are sure to leave the Bearcats hungry for more.
For the Lady Bearcats, it was the freshman leading the team. Newcomer and one to watch, Jerra Halbritter has continued to improve in her events, the Shot Put and Discus, with a goal of someday crashing the school’s current records, and she is well on her way.
Being her first time at a meet of this magnitude, Halbritter handled herself as if she had been doing it for years, and took the field with confidence in her abilities. Her positive attitude and willingness to put in hard work and long hours paid off, as she went on to record a new personal record in the Discus event.
With a throw of 93 feet, the freshman earned a respectable fifth place finish in the Discus throw, but she wasn’t finished there.
Halbritter also found herself placing within the top five in the Shot Put event, claiming fourth in the Shot Put, recording a throw of 33-03.25.
Fellow Lady Cat freshman Caroline Wellman also found herself facing some formidable opponents at the state meet, but maintained her composure and took fifth-place in the Girls Long Jump event, with a jump of 14-11.50.
Additionally, the young Lady Cat 4X102.5 Shuttle Hurdles team of sophomores Abigail Stewart, Nevaeh Swisher, Aleecia Shelton and freshman Wellman, ran a time of 1:17.03, earning them and 11th place finish, out of 16 teams.
“They ran very well considering it was during a rain storm,” commented the ladies’ head coach Becky Lake. “I am very proud of this young team. I believe that getting this taste of states is already making them hungry for next year!”
And although the boys team did not fare as well, the competing team members are still grateful for the opportunity and are looking to the future in hopes that with some off season training, they can come out on top next year.
Throughout the weekend, the Bearcats faced many struggles, yet were still able to walk away with a few reputable finishes.
Grafton’s Zach Nibert represented his team in the Boys Long Jump, and claimed a ninth-place finish with a jump of 18-01.75, while fellow Cat Seth Horne finished within the top ten of the Pole Vault event, taking eighth place.
And like the Lady Cats, the boys’ Shuttle Hurdle team also finished in 11th with a time of 1:14.70. The finish was a combined effort of Hayden Derk, Wyatt Price, Conor Goldizen and Devin Weaver.
With performances such as these from such young team members, the future of Grafton Track and Field is sure to be bright in the years to come.
Congratulations to the Bearcat runners and coaches; it is not always about the wins, but the determination one has to improve. The young team possess the resolve to do great things, and we look forward to seeing the strides you have all made next season!