Track team ends season at state competition

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The McLean County Middle and High School track team ended their 2019 season with performances at the state championships for the 15th straight year.

Bree Frailley represented McLean County against the best middle school athletes at the Middle School State track meet on Saturday, May 25th, at the University of Louisville. Frailley was accompanied by coach Natalie Ellis and competed in the 300 meter hurdles. She came in 26th in the state with a time of 56.88 seconds.

The high school team took several athletes to Lexington on Thursday, May 30, to compete in the Class A State Track and Field Championships. Madison Wilson, Bailei Walker, Natalie Patterson, Hannah Hampton, Bree Frailley and Alyssa Burrough were representing McLean County. While the weather proved challenging, the team did well for themselves.

The rain started in the morning as athletes began the 4x100 meter relay. Madison Wilson, Bailei Walker, Natalie Patterson and Hannah Hampton turned in a season best of 54.98 seconds despite running in a downpour. This time was the third best time from Region Three and 17th in the state.

Later in the afternoon, with the rain still coming down, Wilson, Walker, Hampton and Bree Frailley ran the 4x400 meter relay. They also had a season best of 4:34.57 minutes. This time was the second best time from Region Three and placed them 15th in the state, beating both Hancock County and Owensboro Catholic.

"Despite the weather, the girls performed superbly," commented head coach Gary Morris. "The coaching staff was very proud of their efforts at the state, especially with the long wait between the regional and state competitions."

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