Hazen girls track grab 2nd consecutive title
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen girls’ track and field team accomplished their season goal of repeating as state champs last week. Hazen won the Class B track and field meet with a grand total of 83 points.
The Bison were so strong at the state tournament they wrapped up champion honors with one event remaining at the meet. The Bison were ahead of Carrington by 12 points when the public address announcer made the final call for the 1600 meter relay (4x400).
The most points a team can earn for winning an event is ten points, which effectively gave Hazen the title. Instead of celebrating the win before the meet was over, the Bison fiercely competed.
The Bison didn’t win the 1600 meter relay, but they did increase their lead to 18 points by taking second place. Steph Ziegler, Grace Zimmerman, Raquel Doll, and Kaylene Klein teamed up for Hazen in the 1600 meter relay.
Zimmerman also had two busy days in the sprints. Zimmerman made the finals in the 100, 200, and 400. The only bad news for Zimmerman was that the 400 finals and the 100 finals were scheduled as back-to-back events, meaning she’d have less recovery than some of her opponents.
Zimmerman didn’t let the schedule scare her, and took second in the 100 (12.87 seconds) and sixth in the 400 (59.80). Zimmerman showed the state what she could do with some recovery time before the 200 taking first overall (25.80).
Another big point snatcher for the Hazen girls was Klein. Klein took first in the 300-hurdles (44.44) and third in the 100-hurdles (15.89). Klein’s 300 hurdles time was the best Class B 300 hurdles time of the season and third best overall, including Class A this season.