The “Big 3” relays at most meets……the 4×1 the 4×2 and the 4×4. Winning all three at one meet takes a combination of speed and by the time you get to the 4×4 speed reserve. The VP Ladies combined their individual efforts and pulled off the sweep in dramatic fashion Saturday at the RF Caviness meet at APS Stadium.
A commanding 3 second win in the 4x200m began the sweep earlier in the day. Raina Branch gave her team a lead in the opening leg which they never relinquished. Lainey Morris and Mikayla Jones only had to do what they do in the second and third leg as anchor Kamryn Scott brought home the win.
The 4x100m was a lot closer and the separation between Vista Peak and the second place team was only a hundreth of a second. Thats splitting hairs but Kaitlen Schroeder led off well to Branch who stormed down the back stretch to Morris. Mikayla Jones brought it home dipping at the line and securing the win.
Between those first two relays saw Rashawn Brown continue his streak of being under 12 seconds in the 100m with a 11.93. Consistency is the key in the sprints and so far he’s putting together a nice streak. Brown also ran a pivotal 2nd leg in the 4x100m as he, Sammy Kane, Chris Johnson and Dylan Jackson lowered their season PR to a very nice 47.35. Jordan Stewart also lowered his 800m season PR to a 2:24 which is a 2 second improvement.
Angie Rivera also had a nice 4 second improvement as she ran her way to 4th place overall in the girls 800m. The big surprise of the day was the showdown in the 200m. With our fastest 200m runners doing work on A-team relays at this meet it was up to the next two up to prove their worth. Lainey Morris and Jadelynn Strasser, a sophomore and a freshman mind you, sprinted their way to a 5th and 6th place garnering much needed points for their team. Not only did they both win their heats in dominant fashion but in their head to head battle only a hundredth of a second separated them, 28.04 to 28.05. Ladies and gentlemen a good intrasquad race doesnt get any better than that.
In the field the Branch and Jones show continued in the high jump as they both picked up 15 big points between them with Branch claiming the title. Erica Paul picked up a couple of points in the discus with a 7th place finish. So did the sprint medley team of Wilburn, Munyororo, Strasser and Thomas on the challenging 400m anchor.
To close out the meet it was the final relay and a chance to take the 3rd of the big 3 relays. Branch opened with a solid lead off leg to Mikayla Jones who took her normal role in second leg and fought hard. Things got interesting as Angie “Hook em” Rivera took her 3rd leg duties with a deficit behind Lyons high school. Rivera set the hook and by the time she had gotten around the last turn caught and fought almost dead even. Kamryn Scott judged her handoff just right and erased that step deficit and turned it into a huge lead thus completing the relay sweep.