MT. VERNON — The Lady Rams track and field team will have five athletes competing in three events at today's 2A state finals.
Today the goal for the competitors is to advance to the final round on Saturday. The 3,200 meter relay team of Zoe Mattingly, Olivia Zedalis, Camilla Bauer and Kate Bushue will race along with Charde Golliday, who will be in the triple jump and 400 meters.
The two events are a blend of old and new for the sophomore Golliday. She qualified for state in the 400 meters a season ago and missed the finals by about two seconds.
The triple jump is a new event for her. She started competing in the triple in the middle of this season and leaped the qualifying distance at last week's sectional, despite a leg injury.
Golliday suffered what is believe to be a pulled quad at the freshman/sophomore South Seven Conference meet. The injury hampered her preparation for the sectional where she was hoping to qualify in four events. Golliday said her leg felt better earlier this week.
“I think I pulled something in my quad so it's pulling in my knee,” Golliday said. “The knee doesn't really hurt as much anymore.”
The Lady Rams relay team is a blend of youth and experience with representation from each grade level. Bushue is a freshman followed by sophomore Bauer, junior Zedalis and senior Mattingly.
“They're tough,” Bushue said of her teammates. “They're really inspirational and they're really hard workers. They know what they're doing being older and having more experience.”
The group's best time was 10:20 entering the sectional round. The team dropped their personal best mark by 22 seconds and finish second in the finals with a time of 9:58.04 behind Freeburg.
“That was something they were capable of, and I was really glad that they came through and did what they are capable of,” Mt. Vernon coach Connie Harre-Blair said.
The Lady Rams relay team also competes together during the cross country season. Mattingly the lone senior said making the state final is exciting and a reward for the hard work the group put into the season.
“It makes me feel accomplished and that all the hard work and blood and sweat and tears that I put in this sport paid off,” Mattingly said.
Today's 2A state final events start around 9 a.m.