The Byron Girls Track Team competed in the section true team meet on May 8 in Winona, where they came away as the section champions. By winning the section meet the team automatically qualifies for the true team state meet that will be held at Stillwater High School on May 19.
The true team meet scoring is unique in that every single member of the team that competes earns points.
Each team is allowed to enter two individuals in each event and one relay. There were 11 teams in the section 1AA meet; that means the first place finisher of an event earned 22 points for their team while the last place finisher still earned one point for the team. The relays are worth triple the points.
The girls showed up ready to compete and there was not a single member of the team that did not perform up to their ability.
The girls accumulated 556 points, finishing 44 points ahead of defending champion Red Wing. Stewartville finished third with 439 points, PEM finished fourth with 438.5 points, Winona finished fifth with 398 points, K-M finished sixth with 394 points, Lake City was seventh with 383.5 points, Lourdes was eighth with 360 points, Faribault was ninth with 234.5 points, Pine Island was tenth with 312.5 points and Albert Lea finished 11th with 175 points.
The girls put together a complete meet from start to finish with no let downs.
The 4x800 relay of Annika Johnson, Ally Akervik, Josi Cordes and Michaela Hamilton ran a very nice time of 10:18 and finished eighth. The 100 hurdles stepped to the line next where Emma Weatherly crossed the line in first with a time of 15.99 and teammate Paige Coleman put together her best race of her career finishing fourth in a time of 17.48. In the 100 dash Katie Lambrecht and Payton Sampson competed very well with Katie finishing fourth with a time of 13.25 and Payton finished ninth in a time of 13.81.
The 4x200 relay of Tegan Boyer, Kirsten Nelson, Olivia Schoessler and Olivia Amundson ran a strong race finishing fourth in a time of 1:53. The duo of Taylor Kreitinger and Aubrey Akervik toed the start line next to compete in the mile. Taylor ran very well finishing first in a time of 5:19 and seventh grader Aubrey ran a great race with a time 5:50 and finished fourteenth.
The 4x100 relay of Emma Weatherly, Paige Coleman, Olivia Amundson and Payton Sampson did a nice job of getting the baton around the track finishing third in a time of 52.95.
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