from today's Waukesha Freeman -
WIAA STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET
CMH relay sets record
Crusaders hope to do it again
LA CROSSE – They were just trying to post a fast time and break a school record.
But Catholic Memorial High School seniors Andrea Sullivan and Madeline Davis and sophomores Renee Bigsby and Erin Jaynes did even more.
The quartet won their heat in 49.17, breaking the previous state record of 49.25 set last year Brookfield Academy.
The runners were in shock after the race.
“I can’t believe it,” Sullivan said.
“Maybe we will break it again,” Bigsby said.
The quartet said in unison, “very confident,” when asked how confident they’d be going into today’s final. That synchronization is what has made them an elite relay.
Team unity is huge for the runners. Last year, Jaynes was injured and couldn’t compete at state. The relay took fourth, and the other runners said they missed having their teammate on the track.
“We worked really hard this season, and it’s nice that all that has paid off,” Jaynes said.
Added Davis, “(Jaynes) has worked really hard this season to be back. Without her (at anchor), we wouldn’t have the record.”
Sullivan and Davis have run the race together for four years. Sullivan said the runners get along off the track, which makes it a lot easier on it. On the track, it’s all business.
“When we are in practice we really push each other, but I think we’ve all improved greatly and that’s what has helped us,” Bigsby said.
Added Davis, “Practice isn’t about fun, it’s about pushing each other. If it wasn’t for our coach (Chris Andacht), with all his experience, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
One thing they do a lot is pass the baton around well. In practice, the four drill that routine a lot. And they will even practice walking handoffs when just hanging out together.
The runners said they’ve passed the baton between each other approximately 500 times during the week leading up to state. They couldn’t come up with a number for how many times they’ve done it over the course of two years – but they knew it was a lot.
Sullivan said hopefully the record stays just for one day, because they want to beat the time again. But if it’s just a title run today, that will be just as grand.
And the Crusaders think they will keep the record for a while.
“It will hopefully stay the next four years, because after what we saw (Friday) didn’t give us any competition, I guess,” Davis said. “Hopefully.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org