Hannah Coleman stands atop the 6th place podium for at the State track and field meet. Photo submitted
By Charro Coleman
It was a bitter sweet state track meet this season for the girls. Anne Christofferson and Kelsey VonBerge both came up short of making the finals this season which was a bit on the bitter side. But the sweet thing is both these ladies have had an incredible high school track and field career. Anne has been to the state meet every year since she was a freshman. She has received all-state status in the long jump the past three years and she was a member of two 4x100 relays that received all state honors including the relay that won a state title in 2012. Kelsey has been to state the past two seasons. Last year she received all-state honor in the 100 hurdles and was a member of the 4x100 that finished fourth and received all-state. This year Anne finished 14th in the long jump going 14'11" and Kelsey finished 12th in the 100 hurdles running a 15.95. Although not exactly the way the two ladies hoped to finish out their careers, it is still an incredible achievement to just get to the state meet and finish their high school careers at the state meet.
As a couple of incredible high school careers come to a close another is just getting started. Hannah Coleman, a freshman, competed in her first state meet where she finished 6th and made the podium and received all-state honors. Hannah came in at 8'6 and had no misses all the way through 10'. There were only six girls left in the competition at this point and Hannah was tied for the lead with one other vaulter since she had not had a miss. It took Hannah until the third attempt to clear 10'3 and the remaining girls made it on their first or second attempt, bumping Hannah into sixth. All six girls were still in at 10'6 but only two made it. The winning height was 10'9. It was a very good first state meet for Hannah and hopefully will be just the first of many.