Girls have great run

A young team makes huge strides

The track season is just getting warmed up but the team is definitely red hot.

Especially the 4 by 100 relay team. And especially at the MIC championships last week. The way the Lady Giants competed may have shocked those watching, but look to see this become the norm for a young, vibrant track team hungry to get better and strive for the best.

The team entered the MIC Championships hoping to have a good show for what is a big meet. What the Lady Giants were able to do was nothing short of spectacular.

The team started with a big highlight as the 4×100 squad set a MIC conference record.

In the discus throwing competition, sophomore Jaylinn Simms was able to throw 116 feet, which lead the team. Sophomore Kyra Simmons was able to make school history in beating the school running record at 12.05, which overall placed her at third in the 100. Raven Woodson was able to hit the state standard in the long jump. The lady Giants accomplished another great accomplishment: the MIC record was broken in the 4 by 100.

In what was a pleasant surprise to compete this way in the MIC Championship coach Alicia Wallace still knows there is for the taking with this team’s.

“The end goal each year is to qualify as many girls as possible for the state championship but an overall team goal is to perform well at MIC and sectionals. My personal goal has been to erase some long standing records on the BD track and field board each year,” Wallace said.

So far four records have been beaten.

“This year we’re going after the high jump record and have already dropped the times and re-broke the 100, 200 and the 4×100 relay records,” Wallace said.

Wallace’s team is young

“The girls were challenged to step up early as the team did not have many seniors competing at varsity level last year,” Wallace said.

The underclass girls are getting exposure to compete against the top talent in the state during their freshman and sophomore years. That experience goes a long way.

Simms was able to be moved up to varsity last year, and as a freshman she qualified for regionals and this year she has scored well in varsity meets and brought in major points in the big meets.

The team begins sectionals next week and has a home meet in regionals on May 26. The coach highly encourages the school to come and support the team in a big way. The team may be young has made huge strides so far this season.