Update: The women's 4x200 relay finished 11th in the preliminary round of the state tournament. The women's 4x100 relay finished 10th in the preliminary round of the state tournament and was less than one second behind the top place relay in that round.
Road to State: Five members of the women's track team had a "ready to run" mentality as they prepared to compete in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay races at the track and field state tournament, June 3 and 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.
"Our main focus is to make it to the finals and then from there, to go for it at full speed," said Lauren Pegues '17.
Danielle Lewis '17, TJ Mills '16, Pegues, and Camille Stevenson '16 qualified for state in the 4x100 and Ariel Caffee '16, Lewis, Pegues, and Stevenson qualified in the 4x200.
"The 4x100 is really fast-paced and before you know it, it's over," shared Lewis. "In the 4x200, you feel every meter and you have to keep pushing until the very end."
Pegues and Lewis were members of the state winning 4x100 team in 2015. Stevenson has been to the state tournament twice before as an alternate while this trip to state was a first for Caffee and Mills.
"I know it's a big meet but I have also ran before at OSU, so it's kind of like I'm going home," Caffee noted.
Mills added, "It's exciting for me because this is my first year running track at CJ. It's a good experience and we're going to try and win."
Head Coach Jerry Puckett said he's been impressed with the senior class and the leadership they've shown on the team.
"There is a difference with seniors," Puckett said. "Camille and Ariel have put a lot of time in and have had success. They're very nice girls and that's what I'll miss - their personalities, their work ethic and leadership. TJ has been a big surprise in the sense that she's a basketball player and a lot of times, speed in another sport doesn't transfer over to track. It didn't hold true for TJ and she's been great to be around too."
"I think this season went by fast," Stevenson reflected. "Especially now that we're at the end, I can see all the work we put in and how much we have gotten better over the season."
This is the eighth year in a row track and field members have qualified for the state tournament.
"It's a testament to the kids," Puckett noted. "We work hard and they train hard. Everything is geared towards this moment."
Pegues agreed, "It's amazing to be a part of it."
Lewis added, "I'm really proud of our team because we worked really hard to get where we are and I hope we continue working this hard next year too."
Posted June 3, 2016