Could the weather have been any worse?
In over 50 years of participating in and watching track meets, Pioneer girls’ track and field Coach Nancy Shafer Boudreau said she could not remember a meet with weather as bad as Friday’s 45 degrees, over 20 mph winds and rain at the Golden Triangle Meet.
However, the Pioneer girls came through like champs!
Pioneer did have some spectacular performances despite the weather conditions.
Anne Forsyth ran an official school record in the 1600m and state leading time of 4:55.25. Alice Hill ran a state leading time in the 800m of 2:10.93. In addition, Britten Bowen had first place performances in both the 100m hurdles (15.60) and 200m (26.05), while Hailey Mayes won the 300m hurdles (47.54).
The girls won all four relays, including the Sprint Relay Challenge. The Sprint Relay Challenge consisted of the top performances in the 4x100m relay (50.37 with Cori Griffin, Hailey Mayes, Shelby Hall, and Britten Bowen), 4x200m relay (1:46.65 with Britten Bowen, Hailey Mayes, Shelby Hall, and Tiffany Cernej-Garcia), and 4x400m relay (4:03.05 with Stell Weinberg, Alice Hill, Triniah Johnson, and Hailey Mayes).
The girls won all three relays, thus assuring the top place in the Challenge. The prize for winning the Challenge was 10 pizzas, delivered after the meet!
The 4x800m relay also finished first (9:29.70 with Anne Forsyth, Sydney Dawes, Jacalyn Overdier, and Alice Hill).
Other Pioneer girls winning medals (top 8 finish) included Janea Pryor (2nd – 13.47) and Shelby Hall (4th – 14.06) in the 100m, Tiffany Cernej-Garcia (3rd – 26.84) and Alexa Easter (8th – 28.66) in the 200m, Sydney Dawes (5th – 2:20.84) in the 800m, Jacalyn Overdier (7th – 5:04.67) in the 1600m, Anna Vogel (4th – 5:35.60) in the freshman 1600m, Anne Forsyth (3rd – 10:39.12) and Jacalyn Overdier (4th – 10:46.32) in the 3200m, Vanessa Woolley (8th – 17.94) in the 100m hurdles, Cori Griffin (3rd – 49.06) in the 300m hurdles, and Tiffany Cernej-Garcia (5th – 15-07.00) and Lakeia Harris (7th – 15-06.50) in the long jump.
In addition, Pioneer’s 2 “B” relays placed in the top 8 with the 4x100m relay (6th in 53.30 with Lakeia Harris, Aida Bennouna, Alexia Easley, and Janea Pryor) and the 4x200m relay (4th in 1:50.70 with Aida Bennouna, Triniah Johnson, Stella Weinberg, and Alexa Easter).
Now the next challenge is the SEC Championship Meet. In order to win the SEC Championship, Pioneer needs to win the SEC Championship Meet which will be held on Friday, May 12 at Bedford High School.