The Grand Ledge Girls’ Track and field team extended their winning streak in CAAC Blue action on Tuesday April 25th with a pair of victories over Lansing Sexton and Jackson.
Head Coach Fred Hutchinson was happy that the Comets did what was expected of them and moved one step closer to their team goal of a league title.
“We knew going into the meet that if we did our jobs, we should come out with a pair of wins and that is just what the girls did,” a confident coach Hutchinson said. “Our two biggest meets in the league are coming up against Okemos and East Lansing over the next two weeks. I’m very optimistic about our ability to compete well against both of our biggest rivals. I think the girls are ready.”
The Comets had a chance to show how ready they are at the Spartan Classic Invitational (hosted by Grand Ledge) on the campus of Michigan State University on Friday April 28th. The Comets finished 6th out of 16 teams in what Coach Hutchinson believed was a very solid performance.
“This meet is such a competitive meet that it is a great relative measure of where we are at in comparison to some of the best teams and athletes around the state,” Hutchinson said. “The Comets were led by Mara Clark who was the champion of the meet in the discus throw and Jennna Magness who finished 2nd in the 1600 and 5th in the 3200.
“Mara and Jenna are such great senior leaders and they are so competitive,” Hutchinson explained. “It was nice to see both of them rise to the occasion today despite not being physically at their best.”
The Comets also received a big contribution from Sophomore Victoria Mills who was 4th in both the shot put and discus, the 400 Meter Relay team of Makilah Kent, Veronica Coates, Carolyn Morgan and Brooke Rambo who finished 5th and the 800M Relay team of Kent, Rambo, Coates and Diana Gildo who also finished 5th. Kelsey Hetherington chipped in a couple of points by way of her 7th place finish in the long jump.
Carolyn Morgan capped off the highlights for the Comets. She jumped a personal best of 5’3” in the high jump to secure third place.
“Carolyn is already jumping better at this juncture than she did during last season when she qualified for the state meet. Hopefully she can go there this year and compete for all state status,” said Hutchinson.
The Comets displayed a balanced team effort in having field event athletes, distance athletes and sprinters all contributing to a very good performance.
“If we are going to win a league title, we will have to rely on our all around abilities and our depth,” Hutchinson added. “We showed tonight that we have a chance and I know the girls are looking forward to the next couple of weeks.”
The Comets will be at Saline for an invitational on Friday, May 5th before hosting Everett and East Lansing at home in a CAAC Blue double dual on May 8th. The Comets will be at Okemos on May 15th.