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Pirates’ fab five snag medals at State


Neah-Kah-Nie speedster Katie Clifford had to settle for seventh in the 100 meters, but she rebounded with a fourth in the long jump.

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The Pirates placed 16th in the team race with a total of 12 points.

By Brad Mosher

bmosher@countrymedia.net

Ashley Henderson placed sixth in the javelin (97-10),

The Lady Pirates also placed seventh in the 400 meter relay (Clifford, Ashley Hender­son, Nicole Henderson and Cheyenne Rohweder) in 54.56 seconds and 11th in the 1,600 meter relay (Clifford, Jackie Elligsen, Ashley Henderson and Rohweder) in 4:38.41.

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Most of the athletes making the trip to the state meet will be returning next spring, accord­ing to track coach Chelsea Yarnell. The team will only lose senior Annie Romig to graduation from the group.

“Everybody that went to state all had improvements,” she said. “We had improve­ments in almost every event we went to and we placed better than we were ranked in each event.

“That is really hard to do. The biggest surprise was the girls 4×100 meter relay. We were ranked ninth going in and we finished seventh.

“We were in the slow heat. That means that we beat out two other teams in the fast heat That was really big for us,” the coach added.

“All the girls who went to state worked hard all season.”

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