The Clear Fork girls’ track team was represented on the podium at the Division II track and field meet by both relay teams competing in Columbus.
Both the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay finished fifth on Saturday after qualifying for the finals on Friday with the fourth-fastest times in the semifinals. Even both for the Colt teams — they set new school records.
“I’m 100 percent happy with our performances,” said senior Jordyne Helinski, who anchored both teams. “I think we did the best we could do. We beat the school records.”
The 800-meter team, consisting of Helinski, Lauren Callen, Brittney Hart and Amelia Moore, ran 1:44.16 in Friday’s semifinals and then recorded a time of 1:44.32 on Saturday to take fifth. Helinski, Callen and Hart then teamed with Cassandra Vaughn to run 49.62 in the semis and 49.33 in the finals to also place fifth.
For Hart, also a senior, it was great to reach the podium for the first time in three years of trying.
“It’s my first time making it to the finals,” she said. “Third time’s the charm. This is the best season I’ve had and I couldn’t be happier.”
Vaughn and Callen, both sophomores, also made the most of their state experience. Vaughn was determined to do all she could do after falling in the 100-meter hurdles during regionals to not have the opportunity to compete in that event.
“After I fell in the hurdles, it motivated me to try harder in the relays since I didn’t have hurdles to fall back on,” she said.
Callen was an alternate for the Colts last year, so being able to compete at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium was good motivation in itself.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “I was an alternate last year, so to make it to the finals is so exciting.”
As a team, Clear Fork tied for 34th place with eight points.