Indoor Track Championship

Local girls do well at indoor state meet

Tuscola’s Golden finishes fourth in girls’ shot put
By Ken Howle | Feb 12, 2013
Photo by: Ken Howle Tuscola's 4x800 relay team. From left, are Shannon Switch, Foster Kirkpatrick, Allison Melrose and Emma Howle.

WINSTON-SALEM — Several local athletes had performances they could build on for the upcoming outdoor season at the NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A Indoor State Championship on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the JDL Indoor Fast Rack in Winston-Salem.
The best performance was Tuscola’s Sarah Golden, who finished fourth in the girls shot put (34-3.5).
“We had a good season and I am so proud of all of our kids and what they had accomplished this season,” said Pisgah Coach Jennifer Willamson. “We were hoping to run our best times at the indoor state championship, but I feel our girls were a little overwhelmed with the actual feeling of the meet being inside as opposed to the meet being on an outdoor track.  
“The actual size of an indoor track is twice as small as that of an outdoor track, so our girls were running twice as many laps than what they were accustomed to.  Along with a smaller track, you have a crowd of people right on top of you like a high school basketball game, which makes it a great atmosphere, but also is a little intimidating if you have never run in an environment like this.  
“Indoor track is quite different than outdoor track and Pisgah hasn’t had an indoor track team in the last five years. This was a new experience, hopefully a positive one for our kids who made it to state, and we hopefully will learn from this experience, go back next year, and have a better showing.”
In other individual events, Tuscola’s Emma Howle (1:22.84) finished 15th in the 500-meter run; Pisgah’s Mackenzie Gaylean (12:35.74) was 16th in the girls’ 3,200-meter run and in the girls’ 55-meter dash, Tuscola’s Caitlin Hines (9.82) was 17th.
In the 4 x 800 girls’ relay event, Tuscvola (Howle, Shannon Switch, Foster Kirkpatrick, Allison Melrose) were ninth with a time of 10:32.49 and Pisgah (Galyean, Hannah Warren, Sierra Southerland, Mackenzie Murphy) was 15ht with a time of (10:47.11).

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