Grace ran the 800 and the 1600 in The Last Chance Invitational this weekend. This is the last meet to qualify for state. To qualify for state you have to meet the qualifying times but then you also have to be in the top 2 in your school for those events. Even if Grace had made the qualifying times, both Liz and Kristen are just a little faster and more than likely would have better times. So this weekend was all about Grace shaving off some time and getting a PR.
She ran the 800 Friday night and did great. Her time to beat was 2:42.49 and shaved off almost 2 seconds running a 2:40.54. This time also earned her a spot on the 4x800 relay team at the State Meet next weekend. Way to go Grace!
Grace with her teammates, Kristen Day and Liz Holcomb. Liz set a school record in the 800 this weekend with a time of 2:28.
Dave, Zach and I headed home after Grace's race and she spent the night in Birmingham with the rest of the team. We got up early this morning and headed back to the Crossplex to watch her run the 1600.
She was seated 14th in heat 4. There were a lot of girls in her heat and she didn't have as good a start as she did at the last meet where she fell nor did she look quite as fast. There was a big pack that she couldn't get ahead of but she ran hard and had a GREAT kick at the end. She has been trying to break 6 minutes all season and was on track to do it at the last meet when she tripped and fell. Needless to say, she never regained her composure and didn't have a great time. But today she PR'd and broke 6 minutes with a time of 5:59! We'll take it! Way to go Grace! So proud of her!