The Grand Ledge Girls’ Track and Field Team finished third in the larger team division of the Corunna Track Invite on Friday May 4th.
Head Coach Fred Hutchinson was pleased with the team’s progress and how they competed.
“I really thought we did some good things in terms of simply going out and competing and just being mentally tough,” said Hutchinson.
Finishing third in the six team division just a few points out of second place to rival Okemos was the type of progress Hutchinson had hoped for.
“We just keep making a little bit of progress at a time and I feel like we are beginning to peak at the right time,” the veteran coach said. “Our attitudes and our mindsets are right and we are starting to compete better than we have all season.”
The Comets were led by Sophomore Diana Gildo who placed second in the long jump across all three divisions totaling 18 teams. Freshman Grace Buckland was sixth in the 1600 after a blistering run in the 4×800 earlier in the meet. The 400M Relay team of Makilah Kent, Veronica Coates, Destiny Jones and Carolyn Morgan finished second. Freshman Morgan Hetherington had her best race of the year placing fourth in the 800 while Comet field event athletes closed out the medalist honors for the Comets with Tilly Guild finishing 6th in the Shot Put, Carolyn Morgan finishing third in the high jump and Victoria Mills placing 4th in the discus.
The Comets resumed CAAC Blue competition against East Lansing and Everett on Monday, May 7th with a pair of convincing wins defeating East Lansing 117-47 and Everett 145-14.
“It was our best showing of the year,” said Hutchinson. “Our kids looked as confident as they’ve looked all year. The great thing about today is that we were balanced and we really made some improvements.”
The Comets were paced by Diana Gildo who won the long jump, the 400m dash and was part of the winning 1600M Relay team. Morgan Hetherington ran the best race of her young high school career winning the 800m run against one of the areas best runners (Abbey Draheim) in an exciting race where Hetherington overtook Draheim in the last 20 meters of the race. Sophomore Kelsey Kehren contributed points in four events, Grace Buckland ran a great lead leg in the 3200M Relay to set up another Comet victory and sprinters Makilah Kent and Veronica Coates were very sharp in breaking up East Lansing’s talented group of sprinters.
The Comet throwers also put up major points in the disc earning 16 points in just those two events to get the Comets off to a great start on the day.
“Going into the league championship and regionals I thing the girls should be confident based on these last two meets,” Hutchinson said. “They have really gained confidence and seem to be improving at just the right time.”
The Comets travel to Okemos on Friday May 11 for the CAAC Blue Championship meet and then to Waverly HS for the MHSAA regional a week later on May 18th.