CHARLESTON — Princeton senior Zoe Mead finished her prep career in style, overtaking a pack of runners down the stretch to finish second in the Class 2A State 800 meters finals in Charleston Saturday.
She was joined on the medal stand by teammate Colbi Schertz, who finished eighth in the shot put.
Mead was near the lead in the first 200 meters, but found herself in about ninth or 10th place with 300 meters to go. That’s when she took matters in her own hands. She became a blur, picking off runners left and right to move all the way up to second place.
“I was trying to work my way out of the pack at the last curve. When I got around that pack, I realized second place was within reach and it took me the better part of the last straight-away to pass and get second,” Mead said. “Placing second made it easier to miss graduation and it meant a lot to me to be able to break the school record.”
PHS coach Pat Hodge said it took a State-record performance by Karina Liz to beat Mead, who clocked a 2:15.87 in the finals. Mead’s prelim time of 2:15.28 broke the school record held by Angie Noble since 1987.
“She started closing the gap some on the backstretch, got a little closer on the last turn and then was able to reel in everyone but Karina Liz in at the end,” Hodge said. “I was very pleased that she didn’t give up and had the confidence to stay after it in that last 300. I had her final 100 meters in just over 15 seconds.”
While Schertz didn’t improve on her prelim performance of 38 feet, 2 inches in the shot put, she did make PHS girls’ track history by becoming the school’s first to medal in the shot put.
“We came to Charleston with one school record holder (Schertz) and one previous state medalist (Mead). We left with two school record holders and two state medalists. I’m very proud of their performances,” Hodge said.
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