2018 NCISAA 1A/2A Championship Meet
Day 1 of the state meet at Campbell University saw a number of stellar performances by Woodlawn athletes. On the boys side, the Trailblazers were not able to post any points in the team standings, but there were several bright spots worth celebrating. Junior James Folds broke the 18-foot barrier in the long jump for a big personal record. Sophomore Jesse Jacobson ran a personal record 53.88 in his 400m preliminary, and qualified for tomorrow’s final with the 6th fastest time, while 8th grader RJ Klein and senior Tripp Berini narrowly missed qualifying for that final.
Our girls broke into the scoring column right out of the gate in two different jumping events. Freshman Natalie Boyle did not have her best day, but her jump of 4 feet 4 inches earned her a 7th place in the event, good for 2 points. Junior Megan Dailey came into the long jump competition ranked #2 in the state, and she soared 16 feet 6 inches on her third jump to secure the runner-up spot as expected, giving Woodlawn 8 more points. That distance represents a new school record as well as a PR for Megan. Meanwhile, on the track, our girls 4x800m relay team of Ally Fleming, Zoe Milburn, Adina Jacobson, and Kasey Price also set a new school record with a time of 11:13.9, placing 8th in the race to bring Woodlawn’s point total to 11.
Megan Dailey followed up her long jump success with a stellar performance in her 100m dash preliminary race, winning the heat and posting the 2nd fastest time in the competition – setting up an exciting final tomorrow. In the 200m prelims, freshman Carmen Lolla set a PR with a time of 28.21, good for 13th place. In the 400m prelims, junior Kasey Price surprised the field by qualifying for tomorrow’s final with a new school record time of 1:02.79, 4th fastest of the day. 7th grader Adina Jacobson also set a big PR in the 3200m as she placed 17th in the race.
Day 2 of the meet saw quite a bit of rain at the track, but the competition continued on schedule. Our boys broke into the scoring column with Jesse Jacobson’s 7th place effort in the 400m final, good for 2 points. Minutes later, Tripp Berini matched that result in the 800m run, adding another 2 points. In the final event of the day, our boys 4x400m relay team of Jesse, Tripp, Ethan Mason, and RJ ran a gutsy race to take 3rd place, giving our boys a final team total of 10 points – 20th overall in the team standings and #4 among 1A teams.
Our girls continued where they left off on Day 1, as two Woodlawn athletes placed in the first event of the day, the triple jump. In her first jump, Megan broke her own school record by sailing 33 feet 6.5 inches – a jump that appeared to seal the individual honors for the talented junior. But on the 5th jump, an athlete from Christ the King stunned the field by jumping 33 feet 6.75 inches, just a quarter-inch more than Megan’s mark, which gave her first place. Megan settled for seocnd place, as she had done in the long jump on Day 1. Meanwhile, Kasey set a huge personal record of 30 feet 2.25 inches to take an unexpected 8th place in the event. Megan couldn’t rest for long, as she took to the track for the finals of the 100m dash. For the third time in the meet, she made the podium – placing third with a time of 12.86, and giving her team another 6 points. She wasn’t quite done yet – a few minutes later, she anchored the Woodlawn 4x100m team to a 5th place finish. Kasey finished off the scoring for the Trailblazers with her 7th place effort in the 400m finals.
Our girls finished with 32 points, 7th in the overall team standings and #2 among 1A teams behind perennial powerhouse Victory Christian.