Manchester senior Maggie Huges (second from left) drafts behind the lead runner during the state final 3200-meter run this past Saturday. Hughes went on to finish second in the race with a time of 12:29.91, just one second behind the first place finisher (in red).The Benton Academy track and field team finished in 17th place after two day of competition at the MAIS State Track Meet this past Saturday.By TAYLOR MITCHELL
It was a hot day on Saturday as teams from across the state met at Jackson Prep for the MAIS Overall State Track and Field meet. On the second day of the track meet, runners in some of the long-distance races had to bow out before crossing the finish line.
The heat, however, didn’t stop the Lady Mavericks from finishing in third place, 42 points behind 10-time state champion Silliman Institute and just six points behind second-place finisher Indianola Academy.
Senior Maggie Hughes posted the best finish among the Lady Mavericks with a second place finish in the 3200-meter run. First place runner Sarah Mumme of Carroll Academy finished with a time of 12:28.26, a little over a second faster than Hughes’ time.
However, if not for simply running out of gas on the final 50 meters, Hughes might have won the race. Coming out of the final turn and down the homestretch, Hughes was just a few yards behind Mumme.
Brooke Harris also took home a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles, running the short race in 17.34 seconds. Annie Peaster finished in eighth place in the same event with a time of 19.05.
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