By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.– It wasn’t the prettiest thing, but through the frustrations the Perrydale 4×100 Girls Relay team found a way to finish second in the State Race.
“Yeah we were expecting to have the best run of the year at this meet, but I think we pulled through especially Kieley (Griffin) at the end, she really kicked it in gear and going as fast as she can to try to catch up with everyone else. So she’s a very valuable person on the team to have, “But out last hand-off was kind of wonky, I think I just slowed down too much so we had to adjust our hand-off a little bit, but everyone else’s hand-offs were really good though.”
For Lux, the junior said too that it was a good learning experience for her moving into next season as a senior.
“This was definitely a learning experience, espically for next year for when we come back, I don’t think I’ll be as nervous because I know what to expect now. I was so nervous beforehand,” laughed Lux. “But yeah, taking it as a learning experience for next year.”
Griffin finished the race and closed the gap a little bit with Hosanna Christian, but the Lady Lions lead was too great for the Lady Pirates who finished second in the heat and in the 1A State Meet with a time of 52.94, 1.02 seconds off the lead.
But Griffin, in her last day as a Perrydale athlete and frustrated with how the 4×100 relay went, answered the bell by finishing third in the 100 meter dash (12.90) and finishing fifth in the 200 meter dash (27.06).
“Pretty good, I’ve been waiting for a long time to get under a 13 and I picked two good days to do it. I ran a 12.8 yesterday and I ran a 12.9 today so I’m really happy I’ve done that,” Griffin said after the 100 meter dash. “The 200 is probably the toughest race for me because it’s a long sprint, so I think I just have to stay mentally strong for it.”
Amity Deters finished off her sophomore season with a fourth-place 33-foot-5.25-inch leap in the Triple Jump.