At one point, there was talk of Championship Saturday turning into Championship Sunday. Fortunately, the storms held off and the cloudy skies didn't damper the day for the gold medal winners from our area.
To see a repeat relay winner is somewhat rare, never mind a three-peat winner. However, the Logan girls 800 meter relay team brought home a third consecutive state title.
The team is made up of juniors Chloe Malin and Tore Washa, and sophomores Kammesha Thomas and Ashley Sprain. Washa and Malin have been on the team all three years. Freshman year, they ran with Imani Paul and Amber Sorenson, who was there to celebrate with them.
"We've been pushed our first two years by Amber and Imani and then we had to take over the leadership role when they graduated," Malin said.
"We work hard and put all our efforts in at practice and we just have great coaches to get us here," said Sprain.
"They always tell us there's a reason for the madness and we just trust in them because they know what to do and they've always known what to do and we just put all our trust with them and they get us here."
All four Logan runners return next season, however Melrose-Mindoro's Alex Hatlevig does not. But the senior leaves a lasting legacy in the sprints. Hatlevig defended his titles in the 100m and 200m dashes, fulfilling the goal he's had all season.
"This whole year, just been working up to this day," he said. "Haven't been watching any times online because I try to stay away from that to keep the pressure off myself but just know my time's been up there, just trying to pull it off, end up getting it."
Our area also has a repeat winner in the field.
Cashton's Betsy Schreier brought home gold in the triple jump for the second straight season. The junior's best throw was 35-11.75.