One measly little point
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen boys’ and girls’ track and field teams competed in the South Central regional last weekend. The boys and girls both came away with state qualifiers, but the girls ended the meet with second place honors.
First place went to Carrington, who scored 105 points in the meet. It was Carrington sprinter Abigail Jarrett who did just enough to lift her team to victory. Jarrett made sure to beat a few Bison in the 200 and 400, which was enough to make up for the points.
There was one very big highlight at the meet, and that was Krista Slaubaugh winning the long jump with a school-record leap of 17 feet and 8.75 inches. Slaubaugh also went on to win the triple jump (35-00) and placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 26 seconds.
Another highlight for the girls at the meet was Kaylene Klein collecting Senior Athlete of the Year. Klein and Southern McLean’s Kate Fox were both awarded co-Senior Region Athlete of the Year honors. Klein won the 300 hurdles (46.76), took second in the 100 hurdles (16.77), and took fifth in the 200 (26.55).
The distance runners also had a strong day at the meet. The 4x800 team of Eva Byerley, Callie Lemer, Cece Pfliger, and Ally Berger took third with a time of 11:03.85, which sends the group to state.
Byerley also managed to take third in the 800 open.
Hazen’s domination in the sprints was dramatic. The Bison finished 1-2-3 in the 100 and 1-2-3-5-6 in the 200 meter sprint.