Heading into the Western Regional Championships the Lady Devils were predicted to finish in second behind Mountain Island Charter. Somewhere along the way the Lady Devils must not of gotten the memo. The defending Western Reginal Champions did what Maroon Devils do, the fought and scratched and clawed their way to a dead tie with Mountain Island heading into the final event of the day, the 4×400 meter relay.
The 4×400 relay team of Mazie Helpman, Isabella Walker, Amaya Hicks and Sienna Hackshaw would not be denied running a season best 4:13 to take first place and give the Lady Devils their second straight Western Regional Championship. Swain’s time of 4:13.31 was 5 seconds faster than Mountain Island, who ended up finishing 3rd in the race. Although predicted to finish 30 points behind Mountain Island the Lady Devils finished the day with 119 points to Mountain Island’s 115.
Two 1A Western Regional Records!
*Amelia Rogers in Pole Vault – 10’1
*Girls 4×800 Relay: Arizona Blankenship, Amaya Hicks, Gracie Monteith, Mazie Helpman – 9:57
*Arizona Blankenship: Regional Champion in three events (1600, 3200, 4×800) and 3rd place in the 800.
*Amaya Hicks: Regional Champion in Two events (4×800 and 4×400) and qualified in two more (4×200, 800 – 2nd place).
*Taking three of the eight places in the two mile when down 17 points to tie the meet. Gracie (2nd) and Lily (7th) both had Herculean finishes to secure some huge points.
13 State qualifiers for the girls: Arizona Blankenship, Amaya Hicks, Mazie Helpman, Gracie Monteith, Sienna Hackshaw, Amelia Rogers, Alden Thomas, Savana Smith, Mya Burrows-Kurr, Isabella Walker, Laiken Harvey, Allie Gibson, Lily Bjerkness