Some of the ladies from this season’s Perry’s track team took some time out of their spring break to compete at this year’s 25th Iowa State Girls High School Classic.
“We only took four girls,” according to Jayettes’ head coach Matt Hardy.
At the March 12 meet in Ames, the Jayettes had one senior leave some tread on the track in the 800 meter run.
Sidney Vancil finished in the top 15 from a field of over 100 runners. The senior finished 13th overall with a time of 2:30.34.
Vancil’s time was less than two second shy of a top 10 finish. In fact 10 seconds was all separating Vancil from earning second place.
“Sidney Vancil ran well in the 800,” the head coach said. “She ran 1.5 seconds faster than her seed time and finished 13th out of 126 girls. She has looked really strong in practice and is doing a great job showing the underclassmen the necessary effort it takes in practice to compete at a high level.”
Hardy had his three other Jayettes compete in other events as a way to get their “soles” prepared for the upcoming season.
“It was an opportunity for two girls that had not run at the varsity level to compete in the Sprint Medley and 4x400,” he said.
Damaris Robles, Jasmine Shriver and Jacqueline Guardado joined Vancil in that meet where they ran a 4:49.56 for 31st in the event’s first run.
“A few of the splits need to be improved, but it’s early in the season and we still have a lot of work to do to get in shape.,” Hardy said.
At the 800-sprint medley heat the four runners legged out a time of 2:20.98 to finish 73rd overall despite an unexpected hiccup.
“A meet official interfered with the hand off between Jasmine and Jacqueline, and the baton was dropped. Jacqueline did a nice job of picking it up and finishing the race,” Hardy stated.
The Jayettes track season officially gets underway in less than three weeks when they host a number of team’s for a coed invite on March 29.