The senior sprinter wins the 100 and 200 and almost powers a victory in the 400 relay
SANDY Estacada senior Genna Settle showed herself to be not just a threat to repeat as the 4A state sprint champ, but to be one of the fastest runners in the state at any level, after sweeping a pair of wins at the 18-team Mike Kostrba Invitational in Sandy on Saturday.
Settle won a photo finish in the 100-meter dash, racing alongside Barlow sophomore Danelle Woodcock stride-for-stride. The duo kept their eyes straight ahead focused on the finish line with Settle making an aggressive lunge at the tape to crossover in 12.49 seconds .01 hundredths ahead of Woodcock.
Im not used to coming in No. 2 (prelims) and that made me really want to go for it, Settle said. She was right with me the whole way, and when I got to the finish I still wasnt sure how it ended.
Both racers returned cautiously to the warm-up tent to get out of the rain before the official result was announced and a smile broke out across Settles face.
I was really nervous this week because these big ones are my favorite meets, Settle said. You always push yourself harder when you have someone next to you.
That wouldnt be a problem later in the meet when Settle won the 200 (26.54), followed by teammate Tori Johnson a few strides back in second place. Johnson also finished second in the 400.
The Rangers also challenged in the 400-meter relay to start the meet.
Summit and Barlow raced to the front of the pack in the early stages and maintained the 1-2 spots into the final hand-off. But with the baton in Settles hand, the Rangers tag-team quickly closed ground on the final straightaway. She cut the gap in half, but was still a couple steps behind at the finish line leaving Estacada in third place.
Rangers sophomore Mariah Johnson won her heat of the 1,500, pacing the way from start-to-finish, but the following heat of runners went out at a faster clip and Johnsons time was good for 15th overall.
Sarah Davies had the teams best showing in the field events by placing sixth in the triple jump. She also qualified for the finals in the high hurdles.
? On the boys side, junior Justin Rich won the discus with a heave of 149 feet and took third in the shot put. Micah Jury was third in the 300 hurdles.