Martin leads large Lions’ contingency with medal

By Zach Spadt, for The Voice News - May 25, 2017

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Shandie Hess, Stefanie Tarin and Andrea Lashley watch Laura Sherrod fun the final leg of the 3,200-meter relay.

OMAHA – The Morrill High School track team can’t seem to get away from the rain.

After a successful meet at districts, the team found itself competing once again in the rain and cold.


But that didn’t stop them from giving their all and bringing home one medal.

The meet was also not without scares.


Sophomore Lily Martin initially thought she had disqualified in the 400-meter preliminary run on Friday when a flash caused her to start prematurely. However, after review, she was allowed to run the event.


“I was just so in shock that I had DQed at state that I didn’t know what happened,” Martin said. “I am just glad I got to run.”


Unfortunately, Martin did not qualify in the event.


Martin entered the triple jump on Saturday morning with the best mark from districts.

She also was slated to run the 800 finals at the same time so she elected not to compete in the 800-meter run in order to focus on the jumps.


It paid off as she finished fourth in the event with a mark of 34-feet-10.25.


“The triple jump seems to be my best event,” Martin said. “We didn’t want to wait to jump after I ran that.”


The junior expressed disappointment at not equaling her school-record mark of 35-feet-7 set at districts.


“I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I tried everything I could do. Something must have been off and I just couldn’t get it.”


Luckily for Martin, she will be back competing next year to try and  bring back an even higher medal.


“I’m just glad I made it to state and got a medal,” she said.


Martin wasn’t the only Morrill Lion to have a scare at state last weekend.


Running in the 300-meter hurdles, Keaton Robb narrowly avoided another hurdler taking a tumble as he came down the final stretch of the race. The hurdler was two lanes over from Robb and fell into Robb’s lane after he failed to clear a hurdle.


Robb finished the race but did not make finals in either the 300 hurdles or 110-meter hurdles.


Jessica Harvey in the 100 and 200, and Shalyn Lackey in the 200 battled tough conditions on Friday and failed to make the finals in any of their events.


Andrea Lashley in the 3,200 meter run and the 3,200 relay of Lashley, Shandie Hess, Laura Sherrod and Stefani Tarin also did not place in Friday’s finals.


On  Saturday, Harvey cleared 8-feet-6 in the pole vault to finish ninth. Jurnee Patton of Fullerton also cleared 8-feet-6 and placed eighth, but had fewer misses than Harvey.







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