Hillsboro-Central Valley's Wright rebounds with 800-meter title
BISMARCK—Hillsboro-Central Valley senior Gracie Wright was visibly upset after Hazen's Grace Zimmerman took away the 400-meter title she was defending on Saturday at the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet.
After a few tears, the crushing feeling of having something that was hers taken away gave way to determination. It was a determined Wright who led a 1-2-3 Hillsboro-Central Valley finish in the 800-meter run.
Wright's winning time was 2 minutes, 18.20 seconds. She was followed across the finish line by sophomore teammate Reagan Baesler in 2:18.77 and freshman teammate Jensyn Zink in 2:19.49. All three surpassed their best qualifying times.
"It was important to me coming off the double last year, then not getting the 400 this year. That really fueled a fire in me to fight for this one," Wright said.
Wright said she was able to run the kind of race she usually runs. "I'm not really one to get out fast," she said. "I run my pace and on the second lap I just let loose. Whatever happens, happens."
What happened was a near perfect finish for the Burros, who finished second in the team race with 57 points. Hazen won the title with 65 points.
Wright said it added meaning to her title having her teammates running with her at the front of the pack.
"I could see Reagan behind me, but I had no clue we were 1-2-3 until after finishing and seeing that, that was really something special," Wright said. "I knew we all had a chance."
Wright also teamed with Zink, Baesler and senior Grace Dryburgh to win the 3200-meter relay in 9:42.49.
Meanwhile, Thompson junior Lana Krack capped her remarkable comeback from illness with a championship in the 3,200 and a fifth place in the 800.
Krack was diagnosed with anemia last August and has rebounded to become a two-time champion, adding the 3,200 to her win in the 1,600 on Friday. Krack's 3,200 time was 11:19.20.
"It's hot, but it was nice to have that water out there. I didn't drink any but I threw it on myself a couple of times," Krack said. "I think it's more mental than anything. You don't feel like you're suffering so much."
Krack's time in the 800 was 2:22.42, 11 seconds faster than her qualifying mark.