Correy Koellner throws her way to a second-place finish in the 2A girls discus event. She also placed fourth in the shot put last weekend at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
Girls track qualifiers all make the podium
Led by one gold and five silver medals, the Lady Dragon track team represented extremely well when every single state qualifier made it to the podium to claim medals in the 2A State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood May 16-18.
It came down to the final relay of the weekend to determine the runner-up team, and the Dragons were edged out of the trophy honors by Lyons by a mere two points.
Finished with all their events, the Holyoke girls were as nervous for the 4x400 relay finals as if they were competing themselves.
Prior to this final event of the three-day meet, the Dragons were sitting in second place with 66, leading Lyons by five. But the Lions still had the relay to run.
In the end, Lyons finished third to claim seven points to edge Holyoke 68-66 in team totals. Highland girls placed second in the final relay, running away with the team championship with 100 points.
“If we had done this or if I had done that ...” seemed to be the focus of Dragon conversation as the girls agonized over missing the runner-up trophy by only two points.
“The girls went out and battled hard,” praised coach Corey Koberstein of their state meet effort. “I think when they were sitting in second place with only one event left, it was the first time they realized how good a team they are.”
While third place did not bring home a trophy, there was plenty to shout about in team accomplishments. “They learned a lot for next year,” Koberstein added.
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