Wright ends season in impressive style
Pekin’s Gwynne Wright has been almost unstoppable on the track all season, but nothing was more impressive than her effort at the State Track & Field meet in Des Moines from Thursday through Saturday.
After racing in the 3000 Thursday, Wright finished second in the 800-meter (2:19.05) and in the 1500-meter (4:58.34) races Saturday. Only a sophomore, Wright has two more seasons to attempt to win a state title. The Pekin girls finished in fourth place overall with 40 points.
Samantha Wright earned 24th for the second year in a row in the 400-hurdles and Mallory Reed finished ninth for the second year in a row in the 100-meter hurdles (16.20).
Reed, Jessica Horras, Nikole Arendt and Kaylee Linder got sixth place in the 4x100-meter relay Saturday. They got past the qualifying round with a time of 52.09, and then finished with the time of 52.69.
Samantha Wright, Tayler Winn, Horras and Taylor Reynolds earned 23rd in the 4x400-meter relay and the girls also got 14th in the sprint medley.
In other area action, Cardinal’s Charlie Rachford ended his high school career by earning 15th in the Class 2A boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.42. He then came back Friday and qualified for the 110-meter hurdles final by finishing eighth with the time of 15.15. Rachford finished sixth Saturday in the race’s final heat.
Van Buren’s Gavin Heald finished 10th in the Class 1A high jump with a leap of 6-02.00. Garrett Saunders would take home 13th in the 400-meter hurdles.
*Look for results of the Pekin boys at the State Track & Field meet in Wednesday’s Ledger.