by Rustin Klafka
The Junior High Track teams competed yesterday (Tuesday) at Roosevelt in the District Meet. If you didn’t happen to look outside on Tuesday it wasn’t exactly the most ideal day to be on a track, but we powered through the cool temperatures and constant drizzle because the Tigerettes were there to compete.
As a whole we competed very well. There were several girls in field events and races that PR’d at this meet.
We’ve had a few performances this junior high track season that were fun to watch but what I saw happen at the in the 8th grade girls 4x100m Relay was flat-out impressive. Running relays in the rain can be challenging and holding on to the baton can become tough to do after you’ve sat in the blocks getting soaked. Zoe Martinez was running our first leg in the 4×100. The gun fired and she shot out of the blocks well… without the baton. The baton slipped right out of her hands as she came out of the blocks and it stayed where she dropped it – beside her blocks. After taking 3 hard steps she quickly realized her hand was lighter than normal so she turned around, went back to her blocks, grabbed the baton and proceeded to hunt down the girls in front of her. Obviously at this point we are in 6th place. Zoe ran a hard first leg, making up any ground she lost. She had a good exchange to Alexis Rubio, and now we are making our way back up. Alexis has a solid 2nd leg moving us up a slot in the field. Going into the exchange from Rubio to Jazmyn Jackson, we are sitting in a close tie with 4th and 5th. Jazmyn runs her hardest leg I’ve seen her run all season and puts Kamryn Gibbs into a good position to place in the Top 3. Gibbs had other intentions. Out of pure grit, Kamryn is able to catch the first place team and pass them to take the win just before the finish line. It was a fantastic moment to witness. Keep an eye on these Tigerettes moving from 8th grade to High School next year. They are maturing into competitors and watching that relay proved they have a lot of fight.
Our Junior High District Medalists are as follows:
2nd – Mary Parker 2:42.89
1st – Andrea Moreno 19.51
3rd – Mary Parker 58.50
3rd – Ti’Alice Young, Emalisa Muniz, Mariah Riojas, Jayden Irby 59.44
2nd – Jayden Irby, Emalisa Muniz, Naidia Garcia, Mariah Riojas 2:05.64
1st – Andrea Moreno 4’8″*
2nd Place in Team Point Total
1st – Zoe Martinez 30.53*
1st – Alice Cogburn 2:47.21
2nd – Alice Cogburn 6:16.81
1st – Alice Cogburn 9:44.50*
1st – Zoe Martinez, Alexis Rubio, Jazmyn Jackson, Kamryn Gibbs 57.30
2nd – Jazmyn Jackson, Alexis Rubio, Haley Arledge, Kamryn Gibbs 2:03.55
3rd – Haley Arledge, Kaylee Franklin, Jazmyn Jackson, Kamryn Gibbs 4:53.88
2nd – Kamryn Gibbs 13′ 8.5″
3rd – Jazmyn Jackson 12′ 11.5″
3rd – Michelle Jaramillo 28′ 10.5″
2nd – Kamryn Gibbs 4′ 8″*
3rd – Jazmyn Jackson 4′ 8″*
These girls have a bright future ahead of them. From the Tigerette Coaching staff we want to thank all of the parents, our district staff and community members who have supported these girls and us this season.