Wood River girls sprinting to state

Jocelyn Rauert (left) and Emily Loy (right), both of Wood River, line up in the starting blocks during practice on may 15, 2017 (NTV News)

Speed is the name of the game at Wood River.

The Eagles winning the C9 district meet by 41 points and sending seven ladies to Omaha this week.

"This year is a little more special than last year," said head coach Kevin Mayfield.

Those events include the 100, 200 and 400 M dash, the 100 M hurdles, 300 M hurdles, the 4x100 M relay and the 4x400 M relay.

Winning districts yet again brings a smile to the Eagle coaching staff.

"We had a very difficult district last year and we just rose to the occasion and competed hard," Mayfield says. "After seeing the district this year, which was basically our conference meet, I wasn't real happy. Very good athletes in our area. We just kind of challenged the girls to run well."

The only non–sprinting competitor for the Eagle seven is MaKenzie Peters, who shot puts.

State track starts at 9:00 a.m. Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.

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