Girls Track Looking to Head to the Blue Oval

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Chloe O'Brien, Journalist

Drake Relays: the most competitive meet of the track season. Only the top select individuals and relays from all classes compete against each other.

Drake is different because all classes compete against each other; whereas, at state, runners only compete in their class. The Prairie girls are looking to qualify for as many individuals and relays as possible.

Currently, the top-ranked Hawks are the Sprint Medley relay ranked third which consists of Mya Dodge, Raenice Hilderbrand, Madeline Andorf, and Gabby Cortez. The Distance Medley relay ranked sixth which is run by Mya Dodge, Madeline Andorf, Carli Rettinger, and Gabby Cortez. Also the ninth-ranked 4×800 team of Carli Rettinger, Alexis Moses, Rachel Kilpatrick, and Gabby Cortez. Some top-ranked individuals are Madeline Andorf who is ranked twelfth in the 100-meter dash. In the 400 meter dash, Gabby Cortez is ranked thirteenth.

Along with those individuals and relays, the rest of the team is trying to work their way up to the top and qualify for Drake. They have to do so by the cutoff date of April 18th and compete at Drake on April 24th through the 27th.

Last year the qualifiers were the 4×100 team of Madeline Andorf, Brie Fuller, Raeniece Hilderbrand, and Sophie Feahn. Raeniece Hilderbrand also qualified in the 100-meter dash.

Prairie’s team has competed 9 meets so far and have been training every day. The dedication and effort from these athletes are what will not only get them to Drake Relays and the state meet, but to the top of the podium.