Girls track getting ready for state

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Spring marks a new season of competition for the girls’ track team. Indoor track made it big for the state during the winter, and now the team hopes to win big for outdoor track. The girls’ track team has not been able to win state for the past three years, but this season, the team is hopeful they have a chance.

Ella Orengo, junior, is confident in the ability of the team this season, stating “as a team, we are very focused,” and this year “we are ready to perform well.” Orengo has been on the track team since her freshman year and is now qualified as an alternate for the 100-meter relay. Sithara Gajapala, senior, is now qualified for the pole vaulting event for the state. Gajapala exclaims that this year,  “we have a lot of skilled athletes, and our coaches and team are not only looking to qualify athletes for state, but we’re also very focused on outcompeting the other teams.” Gajapala explains how one of her competitors almost reached three inches under her, and she usually seeds first place in the pole vault.

Since last Thursday, the girls were able to qualify for state and won second at sectionals. The girls’ track team isn’t focused on just state. Orengo says: “it’s all about doing better than you did in the [previous] meets.” The team is getting ready to head over to Charleston, Illinois for State this Thursday through Sunday, and though possible cold and rainy weather is a factor, the girls are ready to endure whatever comes at them this year.