Haley McLaughlin and Elizabeth Self formed a two-man wrecking crew at the AAA Track & Field State Finals this weekend. Together they scored 26 points at the meet, which was good enough for a 10th place team finish among all AAA schools.
Haley McLaughlin opened the competition Friday night by vaulting a personal best of 10’0″, which was good enough for a 4th place finish. She improved her personal best 15 inches during the 2016 season with the assistance of Coach Lisa Payne. Minutes after the pole vault, Elizabeth Self opened her State Finals with a 4th place finish in the long jump (16’8.5″).
On Saturday, Elizabeth started her day in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.74 (6th place). Next she was crowned the State Champion in the 400m hurdles (1:06.11). She finished her day with a mark of 34’3.75″ in the triple jump (6th place).
Coach Meredith Schwendemann commented on Elizabeth’s performances: “I am very proud of Liz for maintaining her focus while competing at such a high level in four events. She has worked hard all season, and it is great to see her do well and earn a PR in the 400 hurdles, not to mention being the state champion!”
The girls’ performances secured the best team finish that Emerald Girls’ Track has had at the AAA State Finals in school history. Athletes and coaches alike are very proud of the performances and are looking forward to the 2017 campaign with optimism.