Blaine sophomore Taylor Morgan came into the state meet with high hopes for shining in the 100-meter dash and two relays.
After winning her heat in the 100 preliminaries in 12.04 seconds, Bengals coach Ann Stalboerger said Morgan felt something in her hamstring. After treatment and stretching her hip and hamstring she ran in the 4×200 relay. “She seemed to be fine and so we thought she would be OK for the 4×100,” Stalboerger said.
The 4×200 relay team of Katelyn Marcinak, Britney Monteon, Courtney Purcell and Morgan turned in the second quickest preliminary time of 1:43.24, nearly one second under its seed time of 1:42.32.
Morgan anchored the 4×100 relay which came into state with the second quickest seed time of 48.85. Once Morgan hit the final straightaway, “she thought she heard a pop and just went down,” Stalboerger said about the ending for the relay team’s otherwise outstanding season.
She pulled out of the 100 final and Hailey Lachinski took her place in the 4×200 relay final, running the opening leg of the race while fellow 100 dash state entrant Courtney Purcell anchored the relay, with Katelyn Marciniak on the second and Britney Monteon the third legs.
“I’m very proud that the girls persevered through the state meet after losing Taylor to her injury,” Stalboerger said. “It was not the state meet results we wanted, but it will only make us work harder next year to get back even stronger.”
Bengals sophomore Alex Williams took third in the 100 hurdles finals in 14.82 after turning in a preliminary low time of 14.80. She entered state tied with the second quickest seed time of 14.79.
“Alex has a great mind-set and is very confident in herself which made it such an easy go at the state meet for her,” Stalboerger said.
Williams failed to make the finals in the 300 hurdles to place 16th in 46.01. “We expect to see her back next year,” Stalboerger said.
Monteon missed out on the 200 dash finals by one position or .25 of a second. She placed fifth in her heat in 25.95.
Purcell failed to qualify for the finals of the 100 dash, despite a third-place finish in her heat of 12.34.
Sophomore Alyssa Nebo placed 12th in the long jump reaching 15-11.5.