’Canes 3200 relay takes first
Liberty senior relay anchor Greta Stuckey had a lot of ground to make up in the 4x8 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Meet Championships, but with something to lose and everything to gain, Stuckey kicked into high gear and brought home the gold medal for the Hurricanes.
“We were in third place and there was a five second gap between Emmaus and me, and six or seven seconds between Northwestern and me,” said Stuckey. “My first lap was tough because I was all by myself and they both went out really hard the first lap, and then the second lap, I checked into a different gear because if we wanted to get first or second, I was going to have to really pick it up.”
Stuckey did not even know if it would be possible to close the gap, let alone win.
“It seemed like it was too big but at the 200, I just figured I’d give it everything I had and see,” she said. “My last 200 was probably my fastest leg I’ve ever run at the end of 800. The last 100 was when I passed them right at the end.”
Stuckey, Camryn Bortz, Emily Jobes, and Rachel Byrne were awarded district gold with a time of 9:42.09.
Stuckey also medaled in the 800 meter run, winning silver with a time of 2:20.40.
Jaida Davis clinched a silver medal in the shot put with a distance of 37-11.00, and Yamilet Ferrufino won silver in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 46.61, just shy of gold by .20 seconds.
“I was really, really nervous, and I just needed to run,” said Ferrufino. “I got a better start from last week because last week I started really slow. I leaned in because I knew it was really close. I’m really excited because last year I got third.”
Ferrufino, Byrne, Stuckey, and Gabrielle Phillips took bronze medals in the 4x4 relay with a time of 4:01.02.