Hayden Tigers pick up 2 medals Saturday at state track
LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t like they had to cancel any vacations, but the Hayden High School girls 1,600-meter relay team readily admitted they hadn’t planned on running Saturday, at least not together.
The team, with sophomore Hannah Wilkie and a trio of freshmen, Leah Carrouth, Gracie Day and Rosalie Mortenson, came into the state track meet in Lakewood on Friday with the 17th best time in a field of 18. Only nine teams were to advance to Saturday’s finals.
They laid out a great race Friday, however, qualifying in the ninth spot and getting the chance to run together one more time Saturday.
The team went on to finish ninth, earning a medal on a strong day that saw the Tigers capture several others.
The relay team finished ninth in 4 minutes, 22.46 seconds.
“We were coming in thinking we’d just run the race like did any other meet, but we kind of ran harder than we ever had,” Day said.
“Everything paid off,” Carrouth added. “It was just lovely.”
The Tigers also got a medal from Chris Carrouth in the 2A boys 1,600.
He had to dig deep for it. He hung inside the top nine for much of the race but drifted back in the pack on the fourth lap, as far back as 12th.
He unleashed frantic sprint to make up that ground in the final 100 meters, swinging wide around a big pack of runners. He passed them to slide into eighth and onto the state podium with a time of 4:40.88.
“I just found it in myself to go,” he said. “There was a brief moment I wasn’t sure I’d make it, but I realized I was closing in on them and gave a little bit more to keep it going.”
Elsewhere for the Tigers, Dawson Herfurth tied for 14th in the high jump. Kimberly Verastica, a freshman and the No. 17 seeded discus thrower, launched her way up to 11th place with a toss of 102 feet, 1 inch. Leah Carrouth also ran the 1,600, placing 12th.
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